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Mother ash

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The father is oppressive, sadistic, corrupt. The mother is god-fearing, transcendental, submissive. The three children scattered here and there, trying to exorcise the dark family secrets no-one wishes to face. The moon-like landscape of Santorini maintains the relationships at high temperatures. Years later the father asks them all to spend Easter at the family hoe in Ia. They turn up at the island, not suspecting that during the course of the next ten days they are to experience perhaps the most earth-shattering events of their lives. Spirits flare, past and present ghosts make their appearance. What is to happen however is that which the human mind cannot easily fathom.

Which neither law, neither faith, nor logic can even begin to explain. And then Alkis, the youngest, blows the ash out of their eyes and, empowered by the magic of love, makes the dive into the depths of human nature to discover the unexplained powers which determine our lives.

English translation available, Turkish rights sold

Stamatis Alexis

Alexis Stamatis was born in Athens. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Athens and received postgraduate degrees in architecture and cinematography in London. He is an architect. He also writes columns about cultural issues. He has published six collections of poetry, his poems have appeared in foreign magazines and his novels have been translated into English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Serbian. His second book, “The Architecture of Interior Spaces”, was awarded the Nikiforos Vretakos Poetry Prize in 1994 and “American Fugue” won the International prize for literature of the American Federal Arts Institute. 

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