The Birthday Party (novel) - Parallels To The Life of Aristotle Onassis

Parallels To The Life of Aristotle Onassis

  • Onassis, who hailed from İzmir, also belonged to the Greek minority in Asia Minor.
  • He also went to Buenos Aires as a young man and worked there for a telephone company.
  • The fictional and the historical shipping magnate resorted to similarly shady business practices.
  • They both led an active sex life.
  • Onassis also married into money—his first wife was Athina Livanos, the daughter of a Greek business mogul. His second marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy was also to a woman many years his junior who was a Catholic U.S. citizen.
  • Timoleon's unnamed private island resembles Skorpios, the island in the Ionian Sea owned by Onassis.
  • Christina O, the Onassis family yacht, named after Christina Onassis by her father, was, just like The Sofia in the novel, one of the most famous society venues of the mid-20th century.
  • Alexandros Onassis also died in a plane crash a few years before his father's death.

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