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Tarantula

Tarantula



Eleni Ladia

Hestia Publishers, 2008
245 p.
ISBN 978-960-05-1385-1, [In Print]
Price € 12,23

Tarantula links the old world to our own in a flowing, unhurried way, like gusts of wind entering our private spaces, the places where we live. The nameless narrator of the new novel by award-winning author Eleni Ladia initially presents a writer, Evmenis, who, disillusioned by life in the city and what art has become, decides never to write a novel again. From now on, Evmenis will concentrate on writing essays -a genre he believes to be more useful. He moves to a mountain village where he finds himself surrounded by odd characters and where a murder also takes place. Despite his resolution, he is so haunted by his own inspiration that he begins writing both genres at the same time. The structure of the book thus takes on three aspects: the nameless narrator describes Evmenis's experience in the village; in turn Evmenis also becomes a narrator: a novelist and an essayist. His novel, entitled Tarantula, reveals the dark side of his heroes, while his essay, entitled The Reason of Humans, brings to life the heretics and their movements up until the 4th century A.D. The ending is completely unforeseeable. The intertwining of modern-day human passions and the more metaphysical and sometimes irrational passions of religious warriors produces an original and thrilling novel. 'Original' because no other novelist has ever before tackled what it means to approach the writing of a book in a truly 'heretical' way; and 'thrilling' because its Modern Greek heroes submerge themselves in their passions, bringing the reader in contact with the inner self. A ground-breaking novel that awakens the demanding reader inside us all.

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