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Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis

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The love affair between Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis scandalized and fascinated the world from the moment it began in 1959 during a cruise on
the fabled yacht Christina. Now, for the first time, acclaimed author Nicholas Gage reveals the full story behind the tempestuous affair between the legendary opera diva and the tycoon. Drawing
upon Callas' most private papers, Gage narrates
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Overview

The love affair between Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis scandalized and fascinated the world from the moment it began in 1959 during a cruise on
the fabled yacht Christina. Now, for the first time, acclaimed author Nicholas Gage reveals the full story behind the tempestuous affair between the legendary opera diva and the tycoon. Drawing
upon Callas' most private papers, Gage narrates
the relationship from Onassis' pursuit of Callas throughout Europe to the strange covert courtship Onassis conducted prior to his marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy-a surprise that stunned the world and nearly destroyed Callas.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arguing that previous books about Maria Callas (1923-1977) and Aristotle Onassis (1904-1975) are full of errors, investigative reporter Gage (Eleni) attempts to set the record straight on the couple's birth dates, where they first met, when they first slept together and many other details of their ill-starred love affair. His most interesting revelation, based on Callas's private papers and statements by her maid and butler, is that instead of the abortion Callas said Onassis forced her to have in 1966, she actually had a "secret son," a baby, conceived at the beginning of their affair in 1959, who died the day he was born. Gage gives an exhaustive account of the infamous three-week cruise on which the much-publicized liaison began, accounting for each meeting between the opera diva and the shipping tycoon, what they said, what they ate and wore, and how the other passengers, including Callas's husband and Onassis's wife, reacted to the developing scandal as they sailed along the Greek and Turkish coasts on Onassis's opulent yacht. The author asserts that the lovers were drawn together in large part by their shared Greek heritage, and he equates their mutual passion with "Greek Fire," the all-consuming incendiary substance used in battle by the warships of the Byzantine empire. Unfortunately, the book, laden with excess detail, fails to emanate the same heat. So much has already been written about the affair that, even though the particulars may change and new facts are found, the story is all too familiar, especially the depressing ending--the aging tycoon marrying Jackie Kennedy instead of Callas and immediately regretting it, and the prescription-drug-dependent diva living as a recluse in Paris, still in love with Onassis but refusing to accept him again as a lover. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The Greek-born Gage, a former reporter (the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times) and the author of Eleni, traveled around the world to research Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis, and their relationship. Among those he interviewed were Callas's friends, her sister and maid, Onassis's sisters, and several guests who were aboard the fateful cruise where their affair again. The author, who contradicts many of the other numerous accounts of their relationship, provides evidence for his version of the events. Tracing Onassis's and Callas's pasts, their relationship, and the Jackie Kennedy years, Gage provides the first work devoted solely to the complex couple. His research is supplemented by his knowledge of Greek language, tradition, and culture. This dramatic and well-written work should be purchased for collections containing other works about Callas or Onassis. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/00.]--Maria C. Bagshaw, Lake Erie Coll., Painesville, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Using interviews with contemporaries and associates as well as letters and other documents, Gage, author and former reporter for the , follows Callas and Onassis from their meeting in Venice in 1957 to the scandalous cruise that ruined their marriages and initiated an affair that continued through Onassis' marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
The illfated, wellpublicized love affair between the powerful shipping magnate and the acclaimed opera star is depicted as a modern version of an ancient Greek tragedy—but the details are rather less exalted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375402449
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/3/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Gage is the author of six other books, including the award-winning Eleni. He lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    Greek Fire - The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis

    In November 2000, Nicholas Gage was in Toronto introducing his latest book, titled the Greek Fire. I found the book under the Christmas tree and enjoyed reading it over the holidays. Both the author and the subjects - Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas - are two of the best-known Greeks of our times. Nicholas Gage is a former investigative reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and the author of the epic book Eleni and several other books. Onassis is the colourful 'Golden Greek', the best-known tycoon multi-millionaire and shipping magnate of our century. Maria Callas, 'La Diva' of the Opera with the golden voice who reined the world stage in the 1950's. The Greek Fire is not only about the tempestuous love affair of Maria and Aristo that lasted for over 15 years, but is a testament of correcting the errors and misinformation of the multitude of books and biographies previously written about Onassis and Callas. It is also a lesson on power, affluence, high living, cruelty, megalomania, sadness, loneliness, misfortune and most of all on the finality of death - no fame, fortune or popularity can stop it. Gage has done a remarkable job in piecing together and bringing to light, for the first time, some of the most dramatic life secrets of the two celebrated Greeks whose story he tells. He has approached the subject employing all of his highly honed investigative reporter's talents and has cross-referenced each detail with the utmost accuracy and attention of a Ph. D. Thesis. This approach has made the story a little too tedious, as he spends many pages and several chapters accounting for every moment of the three-week cruise on Onassi's boat Christina in July 1959, where Aristo and Maria 'stole' each other's heart under the noses of their respective spouses and Sir Winston Churchill. Gage has crafted his story from interviews of more than 20 friends, relatives, employees and business associates of the flamboyant couple and the sub characters of Onassis' two legal wives, Tina (Athina) Livanos Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and his two children, Alexandros and Christina. Gage has skillfully intertwined the story of each of the characters in the 23 chapters and 420 pages of the book. Notwithstanding the complexity of each of the characters and the infinite details he employs, the book is very well written and 'peppered' throughout with unusual but precise and descriptive words such as 'cuckolded' describing Meneghini's situation. This is a characteristic trait Gage also judiciously employs in his other books. The book starts with the epilog, the last days of Onassis, but moves on quickly to the illustrious beginning. Aristotle Socrates Onasoglou (Onassis) was borne in 1904 in Smyrna (Ishmir), in the Mediterranean shores of today's Turkey. The large Greek community that existed there for some 3000 years was destroyed in 1922 by the Neo Turks, in retaliation of the Greek army's invasion into the Turkish interior following the demise of the Ottoman Empire. Thousands of Greeks and Armenians were murdered, their homes and businesses destroyed, their churches burned. The Onassis family, together with over one million Greeks from Asia Minor, became refugees and following a traumatic experience of humiliation, deprivation, hardship and often death, found their way to Pireas and mainland Greece, Europe and the United States. Mary Anna Kalogeropoulos (Callas) was born in 1924 and lived in New York City until the age of 13. She was a child prodigy. A young woman with an exceptional gift. But she was not a lucky child. In 1937, her divorced mother Evangelia 'a woman of vast ambition and unfulfilled dreams' and Maria's older sister Jackie returned to Greece to launch Maria's singing career. The harsh realities of the Metaxa dictatorship, World War II and Evangelia's efforts to 'survive' at all costs in Athens by using Maria and her voice to entertain Italian and German

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