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Today Aenaon Publications publishes the new novel by Val O 'Teli Under the shadow of Athos

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«Time is uninterrupted. Its pedals take you only forward, regardless of how great your will is to move them backwards, to correct your course. Greedy, it devours constantly, incessantly – without ever returning anything.
Did you have the time to live? Did you steal from it even a tiny piece of what it took from you? Stay on the old saddle of your own bicycle till the end. Hold on tight to the handlebars and enjoy the leap over the cliff. Don’t leave any joy to it».
He read the text that would accompany the photo of the old bicycle one more time. It was true that some pictures did not need any description whatsoever. They were just absolutely perfect. But, for Victor Kyriakopoulos, the pen and the lens were so intricately connected that they could not exist autonomously. As a matter of fact, his journey to Skiathos had only started today. He smiled happily, put up the collar of his jacket and started walking briskly towards the town. His eyes embraced all around that glorious sky of the twilight.



UNDER THE SHADOW OF ATHOS
( a novel)

SUMMARY

Skiathos 2011. The famous photographer Victor Kyriakopoulos comes from abroad to the island of Papadiamantis in order to document with his lens the known and unknown aspects of the place, in view of his next professional project. There, under the shadow of Athos (shadow-skia in Greek + Athos= Skiathos), we follow him in his wanderings around the island, discovering sides of the Greek reality and becoming witnesses of a course which moves on two levels:
The first is that of artistic agony, which seeks ways to find expression in a place gifted by nature, but simultaneously trapped in its fame as a tourist destination.
The second is that of the hero’s internal quest, anxiously looking for answers to the great questions of human existence.
Through his eyes and, mainly, through his lens we watch, as if in a film, the society of men in all forms of expression and, inevitably, recognize ourselves or parts of us in the plethora of characters our hero meets and socializes with. Parallel to this, we become familiar with places and locations on the island which compose the greater picture our hero wishes to build, as well as parts of the island’s history through his wanderings in places where the ordinary traveler does not attempt to reach, documenting at the same time the habits and customs of the Greek culture and tradition.
The end of this journey is marked by an unexpected event, which in its tragedy guides the hero to the answers that remained pending for years, turning his way back into a liberating voyage of self-awareness and internal peace.

There, under the shadow of Athos, on the return ship, Victor Kyriakopoulos acknowledges for the first time the power of human nature to force the light onto the darkness.

BIOGRAPHY

Val O’Teli is a citizen of the world. In her wanderings, whether with her photographic camera or her pen, she seeks to capture the unique idiosyncrasy of a place and its people, documenting the various aspects of its culture and tradition, which later form the material of her fictional products.
The novel UNDER THE SHADOW OF ATHOS combines different forms of artistic and literary expression in an attempt to immortalize the life and history of the Greek island of Skiathos.

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