The Theatricality of Crime: Petros Martinides
second book (see the first part of this essay, “Reflected Fates,” February
20) of his recent trilogy, H elpida pethainei teleutaia (Hope Dies Last, 2005), takes place during
the summer of 2004, an unforgettable time, one can argue, in modern Greek
history. For this was the summer that Greece, for the first time since 1896,
had hosted the Olympic Games. But this event took place in the shadow of yet
another event that has since been engraved into the collective Greek psyche.
I am talking, of course, about the participation of the Greek national team
in the European soccer championship (Euro 2004) in Portugal. Against even
the most optimistic predictions, the team not only qualified for the second
round of the tournament, but managed to go all the way to the final round
and win the trophy in a memorable final game against the Portuguese host team
(and one of the favorites).
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