The Odyssey of Kostas Volakis by Harry Mark Petrakis

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"Every man's life is an Odyssey: it does not matter if the body remains rooted in one place. For it is the heart and spirit that journey to Ithaca."Those words from Father Marlas, parish priest to Kostas Volakis, embody the theme of this novel, which carries Kostas and his bride, Katerina from the harsh life on Crete, to the United States, through their struggles with poverty, and through their joys and sorrows with children and grandchildren.For one of their children, Kostas feels not love, but hate, which leads inexorably to murder, and, finally, to a dramatic redemption in prison.

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 November 10, 2011 by David McKay Company. 292 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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A heavy-footed but affecting family saga traces the fortunes of a Greek immigrant couple in Chicago from 1919 to 1954.

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