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Viper΄s Milk

Viper's Milk



Giannis Xanthoylis
series editor: Eleni Kechagiogloy

Ellinika Grammata, 2007
453 p.
ISBN 978-960-19-0133-6, [In Print]
Price € 20,39

The terror of lost memories and of the irreplaceable void they leave in their wake has no bounds. This is a void of precious memories that noone wants to surrender. And yet, the hero of Viper’s Milk, in the melancholy prime of his maturity, discovers that the most precious part of his memories is fading day by day. As far as the Menta family is concerned, from the very beginning they found that the young man, Anestis Comninos, bore a strange resemblance to the German actor Horst Bucholtz, widely known in Greece of 1963 -a fact which plays an important role. The hero, Anestis Comninos, manages a small publishing house. Soon, he will come face to face with his “precious” past -as well as his destiny- when the manuscript of a book entitled Viper’s Milk arrives on his desk, a book which describes precisely those things which have been disappearing from his own memory. In rich and painful detail, Viper’s Milk describes everything that marks him, especially in his relations with the bourgeois Menta family, which both attracts and repels Comninos. Viper’s Milk, in any case, has the power, like an active substance, to legitimize the tricks of memory under the guise of literature and, indeed, with the supposedly willing complicity of the reader to become a witness to any contract.

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