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Harry Mark Petrakis

December 2008
cloth, 0-8093-2862-3,
978-0-8093-2862-8, $18.95
336 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Illinois / Historical Fiction

Read a review of Hour of the Bell by Katzantzakis translator, Kimon Friar from the Athenian Magazine

Read the author interview in Poets & Writers

Read a review of The Shepherds of Shadows (and discussion of Hour the Bell) by Dan Georgakas in Ethos Magazine.

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Praise for The Hour of the Bell:

"Petrakis has taken up this challenge and on Kazantzakis’s flaming tree of fire, whose fruit is light, has hung his own dazzling pomegranate, bearing the seeds of more fruit to come."
Kimon Friar

Petrakis writes as though he had lived through the Greek Revolution."
Publisher's Weekly

"In a time when the anti-hero, anti-story and anti-talent are in vogue, Harry Mark Petrakis has the courage to bring out an epic rich in tension, action and heroism, full of the zests of life, a tale of the 1821 Greek War of Independence which will endure as a remarakable literary achievement."
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Revisiting a Revolution

In 1821, in the geographically small but culturally and historically rich country of Greece, a revolution began to overturn four terrible centuries of slavery the Greeks had endured under the Ottoman Turks. Harry Mark Petrakis’s historical novel The Hour of the Bell recalls the first year of the revolt. Petrakis provides a panoramic view of the conict through the stories of a variety of characters, including a village priest grief-stricken over the killing of his Turkish neighbors; a guerilla captain leading a band of wild mountain €ghters against the Turkish garrisons; the wife of Prince Petrobey of the Mani, embittered by the fighting that takes the lives of her sons; a sea captain commanding the smaller Greek brigs in brilliant forays against the larger Turkish frigates; and a scribe to the legendary General Kolokotronis. Each character provides a de€ning perspective on the small but €erce conict that altered the course of European history.

Harry Mark Petrakis is the author of twenty-two books, including A Dream of Kings, which was made into a major motion picture. He has held appointments at Ohio University as McGuffy Visiting Lecturer and at San Francisco State University as Kazantzakis Professor in Modern Greek Studies. He was twice nominated for the National Book Award in Fiction, won the O. Henry Award, and received awards from Friends of American Writers, Friends of Literature, and the Society of Midland Authors.

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