Harry Mark Petrakis


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.

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The Orchards of Ithaca
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 80,390. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Urban
In 'The Orchards of Ithaca,' celebrated Chicago novelist Harry Mark Petrakis returns with great humor, charm, and revelation. Here Orestes Panos, a prosperous restaurateur on the eve of his fiftieth year and the coming millennium, Petrakis personalizes humankind's epic struggle between the unresolved guilt and sins of our shared past and the potential of a still untainted future.
The Odyssey of Kostas Volakis
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 84,970. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"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 the spirit that journey to Ithaca." So speaks Father Marias, the close friend and the wise spiritual adviser to Kostas Volakis - the hero whose own Odyssey gives sweep, power, and vision to this novel of Greek-Americans in the first part of the 20th century.
Legends of Glory and Other Stories
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 64,820. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Legends of Glory and Other Stories contains a novella and eight short stories by award-winning author Harry Mark Petrakis. In Legends of Glory, Petrakis offers a fresh perspective on the traditions and emotions of a small Midwestern town caught in the whirlwind of the Iraq War. In a return to his earlier lyrical prose style, Petrakis also treats us to eight beautifully crafted short stories.
In the Land of Morning
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 60,340. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the Land of Morning is a tale woven of many threads, centering around two love affairs, one youthful and poetic, the other a seething, sensual, mature love that grows to be all-consuming — invulnerable to all but violence. It is the story, too, of a strange, driven family,seen in a new and mature light by the son newly returned from Vietnam, weary of killing and death.
Twilight of the Ice
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Twilight of the Ice, from acclaimed storyteller Harry Mark Petrakis, is a dramatic tale of revelation and redemption set against the backdrop of the 1950's Chicago rail yards. Balancing the realistic with the mythic, Petrakis chronicles the life of Mike Zervakis, a Greek immigrant and the last in the line of the strong, skilled railroad car icemen, in a profession destined to become obsolete.
Journal of a Novel
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 54,220. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In Harry Mark Petrakis's Journal of a Novel, begun while Petrakis was engaged in writing his historical novel on the Greek War of Independence, "The Hour of the Bell," the writer reveals personal aspects of his life and work, and the complex relationship between writing and living, and the creative process by which a writer turns his raw experience into art.
Stelmark: A Family Recollection
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 41,900. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Stelmark: A Family Recollection is a celebration of family life as few of us know it today: joyous, triumphant, often wildly humorous, often starkly dramatic, rich with love, margined by a code of duty and respect. It is an elegy to growing up as Harry Mark Petrakis did — a first-generation American in a tightly knit and colorful community.
Tales of the Heart
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 59,790. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In Tales of the Heart, Harry Mark Petrakis - whose books have twice been short-listed for the National Book Award - describes people and landscapes and the dreams and memories that reveal the essence of our lives. He begins in the intimate province of the family, with episodes from childhood, young love, and early marriage; the experience of raising children; the aging and death of parents.
Days of Vengeance
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 81,760. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Days of Vengeance is a haunting turn of the 20th Century tale of passion, love, guilt, and punishment that sweeps from the sun-drenched lemon groves of Crete to the poverty of Chicago's "Greek Town" to the grim brutality of western mines and railroad camps. Harry Mark Petrakis displays his remarkable talent for creating characters whose destinies reveal both epic tragedy and redemptive miracles
Nick the Greek
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 81,340. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Biographical
This is the story of the famous gambler, Nick the Greek, told by renowned Greek-American novelist, Harry Mark Petrakis. The story, drawn in the epic strokes of an ancient tragedy, takes place against the violent, gangster-riddled world of Prohibition Chicago, through the heroic and finally sorrowful events of his life ending with a golden hearse and garish funeral in that modern Babylon, Las Vegas
Ghost of the Sun
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 70,770. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In "Ghost of the Sun," celebrated novelist Harry Mark Petrakis reintroduces his most memorable creation: Leonidas Matsoukas, the larger-than-life hero of Petrakis' classic novel, "A Dream of Kings." Now, eight years later, he returns from Greece, where he had been imprisonment and tortured, to the Greek- American Chicago neighborhood where he had lived with his family, but all has changed.
A Dream of Kings
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 47,940. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"A Dream of Kings" tells the tale of Leonidas Matsoukas, a half-charlatan and half-concerned adviser, who is by turns a compulsive gambler and adulterer. But Matsoukas's dreams are fixed on an ailing son, for whose cure everything must be sacrificed. A journey to the sacred land of Greece will restore the health of the child and, perhaps too, the dignity of the father.
The Hour of the Bell
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 109,990. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Set in 1820 and 1821, "The Hour of the Bell" recreates the beginnings of the Greek War of Independence after 400 years of slavery under the Turkish Empire. From the raids of mountain guerrillas, to the great sea battles of small island fleets, to the savage siege and butchery at Tripolitza, all come vividly alive in this great historical adventure.
Collected Stories
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 156,490. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The collection of the short stories of Harry Mark Petrakis was nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction, establishing him as a master of the form. Revealing commentaries by the author introduce each story in this collection. These modern-day tales of ordinary people put into extraordinary circumstances take us into a world of fleeting visions, doomed loves, deep sorrows and suffering fates.
Cavafy's Stone and Other Village Tales
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,850. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In its play of voices reminiscent of the Winesburg, Ohio of Sherwood Anderson, this sequence of tales from a Greek village is at once tragic, moving, and poetic. The linked stories in which the inhabitants of the village of Fanaron in central Greece spin their tangled tales of love, hate, vengeance and despair create a microcosm of the world.
The Shepherds of Shadows
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 125,420. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Thirty-one years after writing the historical novel "The Hour of the Bell" - set in the first year of Greece's war of independence from the Turkish Empire — Petrakis now carries the narrative forward in his newest work, "The Shepherds of Shadows." With this powerful sequel, Petrakis captures the fury and ferocity of revolution in the country that formed the bedrock of western culture.