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The Wind Blows on the Hill

The Wind Blows on the Hill


Novel

Thanasis Triaridis

Patakis Publishers, 2000
464 p.
ISBN 960-378-020-0, ISBN-13 978-960-378-020-5, [Withdrawn ]
Price € 16,54

What is this place that is named Koupela where almond trees blossom? What is the meaning of the red ribbon around the neck of February? And why should one have waited for this unruly month to be frantically kissed by lips he desired?
Domenica Frantzi, a strange and enigmatic teacher, is found dead in mysterious Koupela in February 1978. Years later, one of her pupils writes her story. A story that holds a terrible secret, weird games, unmentionable passions and tenacity, but also questions: What was the old silver watch that disappeared under the black handkerchief? What is the meaning of the lilacs that were born from the blood of Simi? What was the meaning of all these inexplicable things that determined the life and death of the teacher?
Eventually, the path of Mrs Domenica passes through good and bad, freedom and love, which will lead her to Koupela where she will finally be confronted with the wind which furiously whistles among the almond trees.


"The Wind Blows on the Hill is a mature example of a magical realism adapted to the Greek reality which lures the reader to a unique world where the daily lives of the heroes are determined by supernatural elements and dreams.
The novel by Triaridis takes place within the context of magical realism but the origin of the myth-making, more than that of the prose, is closer to the aestheticism of the end of the 19th century rather than the Latin American School.
These magical phrases pass like lightening through the story resulting in revealing marks in the course taken by the characters: "Here and everywhere", "If you are, I am". The teacher mimics the young pupils in their strange accounts of passionate love affairs and makes them tell her various phrases such as: "I am made of ashes and fear and I will love you for ever". In this way, Domenica's story becomes the myth of mimicking not only regarding love but also in the account thereof. A bleak story of an account of love with a protean eroticism. The disguises of passion alter, the eroticism is continuously reciprocated as the enigmatic teacher changes masks, she revives or alters her stories and continuously enriches and shadows the meaning of her symbolic phrases. The whole process is a preparation for the extent, for the availability and readiness of the senses for the willing and yet saddened body.
The Wind Blows on the Hill is a novel whose bewitching and not magical account, mythicizing the process which prepares excited bodies and prepares them for the catastrophe."
Vangelis Athanassopoulos
newspaper Eleftherotypia 17/03/2000

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