Nike by Nicholas Flokos
A Romance

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On the island of Samothrace, whose shore once was graced by the greatest of classical sculptures, the natives are born dispossessed. "We mourn our Nike," they lament. "Buried for centuries by an earthquake, she was unburied in fragments by a pillaging Frenchman and shanghaied to Paris aboard a French freighter." Imprisoned in the Louvre since 1863, this beautiful statue seems nothing less than the ancient island's kidnapped soul. "We have with France, you see, an unsettled score. Repatriation. Bring back our winged one, bring her home." No one feels Samothrace's loss as deeply as Photi Anthropotis. Official keeper of the Nike's findspot, the damaged, hapless Photi dreams of glory, of rescuing his goddess in distress. He is abetted in his fantasy by two beautiful women, an innocent, love-starved French museum guard and a glamorous, narcissistic American documentary filmmaker. Together they hatch the art theft of the century - together, but each to his or her own ends. Unpredictable in its turn of plot, sparkling in its verbal fireworks, NIKE is a charming tour de force -- and the auspicious debut of a delightful new storyteller.
 

About Nicholas Flokos

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Nicholas Flokos has published poems and stories in national and literary magazines and has taught writing at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in McLean, Virginia.
 
Published July 1, 1998 by Houghton Mifflin. 179 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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To France he goes, and from there on readers may need patience as Flokos stretches to book-length the stuff of a short story—drawing in lovers, actors, a PBS director (dominatrix by preference) and her camera crew, a protracted escape with stolen (guess: heavy and marble) property, and a reversal...

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