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By Harry Mark Petrakis

Leonidas Matsoukas, operator of the Pindar Counseling provider (solutions supplied for all difficulties of existence and love); proponent of wildly inventive get-rich-quick schemes; passionately loving husband and father, both passionate lover of the attractive bakeshop owner Anthoula; inveterate, gambler, powerful fighter . . . Leonidas Matsoukas, heels run down, cuffs shabby, collar frayed, is the hero of this fantastic new novel.

Hero. that's the notice. "The gods have selected you for everlasting disaster," his pal Cicero, the gambling-house broker, tells Matsoukas, "but you are 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 in simple terms son. or even that Matsoukas is set to opposite.

In the second one global struggle, Matsoukas fought joyously for his local Greece opposed to the flabby Italians. while the Nazis got here with their tanks and dive-bombers Matsoukas retreated to the mountains and caves of Crete and stored on combating. And he enjoyed it. After the battle he came to visit to Chicago to overcome the United States, begun the Pindar Counseling carrier, and have become the satisfaction and terror of Falconis's playing parlor.

Matsoukas loves rights, neighbors, his little daughters, clean bread, and stinky retsina wine. He makes love like a tiger, or like considered one of his mythical gods, in order that the earth shakes. To him, each girl 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, retaining Him to account for the plight of his son Stavros, who can't communicate, and will infrequently movement, 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 large strength, large laughter, heartbreaking and triumphant.

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