A Dream of Kings by Harry Mark Petrakis

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At the heart of A Dream of Kings is Leonidas Matsoukas, operator of the Pindar Counseling Service ("Solutions provided for all problems of life and love"), proponent of wildly creative get-rich-quick schemes, passionately loving husband and father, equally ardent lover of the beautiful bakeshop proprietor Anthoula, incurable gambler, and incorrigible fighter. Matsoukas is a fiercely proud Greek immigrant with a zest for the temptations of his new home on Halsted Street in 1960s Chicago. He dreams of conquering the city but the tragic illness of his young son Stavros pits him against the larger opponent of fate. By turns comic and heartbreaking, A Dream of Kings combines the power of classical myth--a man raging against the gods--with the vitality, emotion, and joyous ebb and flow of our all-too-human lives. "The gods have chosen you for eternal disaster," Matsoukas's friend Cicero tells him, "but you take every act that has been prepared for your punishment and turn it into some kind of triumph."
A Dream of Kings was first published in 1966. It was a New York Times best seller, translated into twelve languages, and made into a 1969 feature film starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas. This new edition includes a foreword from Dan Georgakas, retired director of the Greek American Studies Project at the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College-CUNY and editor of the Journal of Hellenic Diaspora.

About Harry Mark Petrakis

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A longtime Chicago resident and the son of a Greek Orthodox priest, Harry Mark Petrakis is the author of sixteen books, including novels, short story collections, memoirs, and collections of essays. Two of his books were finalists for the National Book Award in Fiction. His novel, "A Dream of Kings, "was made into a major motion picture starring Anthony Quinn. He holds a number of honorary degrees and, in addition to his writing, has lectured extensively as a storyteller at various academic institutions, including Ohio University where he was McGuffy Visiting Lecturer and San Francisco State University where he was Kazantzakis Professor in Modern Greek Studies.
Published October 29, 2011 by D. McKay Co.. 124 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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