In "Cavafy's Stone and Other Village Tales," among those we meet are an old village priest who has his life upended by the vision of a lovely young tourist bathing naked in a mountain stream; a homosexual schoolteacher trapped in the rigid mores of the village finds comfort in a small stone that once belonged to the Alexandrian poet Cavafy; a girl who marries the handsomest man in the village only to discover he is a brutal wife-beater; two sisters who compete for the love of the same man with tragic consequences; a father tormented by aberrant feelings toward his young daughter; a young woman who discovers her grandmother’s dark secret from the time of the German occupation in World War II; a farmer whose single act of infidelity causes him a lifetime of anguish; and an immigrant who finds wealth in the U.S. and returns to the village in a sporty Cadillac that cannot fit in its narrow village streets.
Harry Mark Petrakis is the author of twenty-three books, short-stories, and essays, and has been nominated twice for the National Book Award. His books include the 'A Dream of Kings' (1966), set in Chicago, which was a New York Times bestseller. It was published in twelve foreign editions and was made into a motion picture (1969) starring Anthony Quinn. He has won the O. Henry Award, and received awards from Friends of American Writers, Friends of Literature, and the Society of Midland Authors. He was the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair in Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University and the McGuffy Visiting Lecturer at Ohio University. In 2004, the American College of Greece in Athens presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.read more
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