By Harry Mark Petrakis
Hero. that's the be aware. "The gods have selected you for everlasting disaster," his good friend Cicero, the gambling-house broker, tells Matsoukas, "but you're taking each act that has been ready in your punishment and switch it into a few form of triumph."
Every act yet one - the tragedy that has befallen his merely son. or even that Matsoukas is set to opposite.
In the second one international warfare, Matsoukas fought joyously for his local Greece opposed to the flabby Italians. whilst the Nazis got here with their tanks and dive-bombers Matsoukas retreated to the mountains and caves of Crete and stored on battling. And he enjoyed it. After the struggle he came visiting to Chicago to overcome the US, all started the Pindar Counseling carrier, and have become the satisfaction and terror of Falconis's playing parlor.
Matsoukas loves rights, acquaintances, his little daughters, clean bread, and stinky retsina wine. He makes love like a tiger, or like one among his mythical gods, in order that the earth shakes. To him, each lady is gorgeous, even his ill-tempered spouse. The sexuality of all ladies is to be reverenced.
Toward God, Matsoukas is much less reverent. "Man have mercy on you," he says to God, very gravely, conserving Him to account for the plight of his son Stavros, who can't converse, and will rarely circulate, and is given to frightful seizures.
For Stavros, Matsoukas pits himself opposed to destiny, within the vintage Greek sin of hubris. this is often the tale of that clash - Matsoukas opposed to the gods - a unique of huge strength, large laughter, heartbreaking and triumphant.
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