By Harry Mark Petrakis
Hero. that's the note. "The gods have selected you for everlasting disaster," his buddy Cicero, the gambling-house broker, tells Matsoukas, "but you are taking each act that has been ready to your punishment and switch it into a few type 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 struggle, 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 struggling with. And he enjoyed it. After the warfare he came around to Chicago to beat the US, all started the Pindar Counseling provider, and have become the satisfaction and terror of Falconis's playing parlor.
Matsoukas loves rights, buddies, his little daughters, clean bread, and smelly retsina wine. He makes love like a tiger, or like one in every of his mythical gods, in order that the earth shakes. To him, each lady is gorgeous, even his ill-tempered spouse. The sexuality of all girls is to be reverenced.
Toward God, Matsoukas is much less reverent. "Man have mercy on you," he says to God, very gravely, preserving Him to account for the plight of his son Stavros, who can't communicate, and will hardly ever circulation, 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 singular of huge strength, large laughter, heartbreaking and triumphant.
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