A Man Hardcover – 1 Oct 1980
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Tells the story of a Greek freedom fighter tortured and sentenced to death for an attempt on a dictator's life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Alexandros Panagoulis was a maverick and often solitary figure in the Greek resistance against the 1967 Dictatorship in Greece. He was captured, tortured and imprisoned for many years for his unsuccessful attempt on Georgios Papadopoulos. After the restoration of democracy, he was elected to the Greek Parliament as a member of the Centre Union, but was always haunted by his past and desire for revenge. He died in a controversial road accident in 1976. Fallaci maintained that he had been assassinated by the remains of the Greek military Junta, as he was about to release some incriminating papers.
This powerful and mesmerising book, which Fallaci called a novel, is a factual account of Panagoulis's life and the intense relationship that Fallaci herself had with him. Their tumultuous love affair dominated her life until his death. She was obviously totally captivated by this often arbitrary and damaged man, and the drama of their relationship in grippingly chronicled in this unflinching account. The early parts of the book describing Panagoulis's imprisonment and torture are particularly hard to read, being both graphic and heartrending in their account of his bravery. Falacci shows her political understanding in relating Panagoulis's struggles to those of dissidents all over the world, and shows how the tactics of oppressive regimes resemble each other in brutality and cruelty.
The book sometimes becomes little more than a political rant, and there are certainly some longeurs towards the end, but overall I found this a totally compelling read and one of interest not only to those interested in Greek history but to anyone interested in the life of a man who manages to hold on to his convictions whatever happens to him and how he can transcend the evil that oppresses him. What Fallaci doesn't manage to do is make him likeable and it is difficult to comprehend how such a strong woman became so much under his sway. However, this is a book that stays with the reader, and this reissue is much to be welcomed, especially as it will bring these events and characters to a new audience.
Erika Borsos (Bakonyvilla)
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