Cafavy's Stone And Other Village Tales

    
BOOK REVIEW by Willard Manus

Harry Mark Petrakis, author of such memorable novels as A Dream of Kings and Days of Vengeance, has kept his literary flame burning brightly with the recent publication of CAVAFY'S STONE AND OTHER VILLAGE TALES (Wicker Park Press). The book contains fifteen short stories linked by their setting: a village in the mountains of Epirus.

The village may be small and isolated, but in Petrakis' hands it becomes a microcosm of the larger world. Jealousy, sibling rivalry, vengeance, sexual passion, the mysteries of love, friendship, the challenge of facing up to mortality and death are just some of the universal themes explored here, always with wisdom, compassion and exquisite literary craft. The book compares favorably to the work of such short-story writers as Sholem Aleichem and Anton Chekhov.

(248 pages, $24.95 cloth; visit wickerparkpress.com)