A prodigious storyteller
A young pianist from Chicago enlists in the International Brigades and travels to Spain during the Civil War to fight against fascism, where he will lose his right arm. On his return to the United States, his indomitable will to overcome his handicap will turn him into a legend of Chicago’s artistic bohemianism, a prodigious storyteller and a pioneer of counterculture. His story will give us wings, as if it were a book of chivalry, to fly over the North American history of the second half of the twentieth century.
“He was a survivor who clung to life. A walking lesson of resistance and of smiling overcoming. A loser among losers for whom nothing went right, but who inspired affection in everyone. An idealist who was severely mistreated by life. Spiritual mentor and savior guru for many, even though he didn’t know how to save himself, like all good messiahs. An essentially free man with a certain candor. A good guy. A love. A gullible idealist. A master of the streets. A one-armed pianist. A friendly sinner. The king of alleys.”