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A man (original 1979; edition 1980)
A Man by Oriana Fallaci (1979)
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The bestseller'translated and sold in nineteen countries'that brought Oriana Fallaci world success Published for the first time in 1979 by Rizzoli, A Man it is a real-life, passionate novel, which tells the story of Alekos Panagulis, hero of the Greek Resistance and partner of Oriana. On May 1, 1976, Alexandros Panagulis, known as Alekos, the lonely hero of the Greek riot against tyranny and power, dies tragically in a suspicious car crash. For his funeral, millions of people crowd the streets of Athens screaming "Zi, zi, zi! Live, live, live". This is the opening scene of A Man'and the final scene in the life of Alekos and of his love story with Oriana. The narration goes back some years, and the reader relives the breakdown of Alekos's relationship with Oriana, starting with his attempt to kill the tyrant Papadopulos and his consequent arrest. Balancing romance and reportage, Fallaci reports on Alekos's personal fight against tyranny and his desperate attempt to escape his inevitable arrest. Alekos became a real hero for the Greek population and the government couldn't kill him without generating suspicion from the public. The government built him a prison called "Boiati," where he survived tremendous torture, hunger strikes, and terrible sanitary conditions. After his release, Fallaci met and interviewed him. They fell in love and lived years of love, obsession, and madness, all recounted in this extraordinary book. The story is about their strong and deep love, intertwined with the struggle of this Greek tragedy's hero, who desperately looked for freedom and who, in the end, was just a man.
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