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Thessaloniki, the big city of Northern Greece. The port, the castle, the University. An enigmatically fascinating creature in old-fashioned garments wanders in the streets of a remote part of the city. Who is he, what is he after, where does he come from, what’s his past? Nobody has a clue, everybody wants to know. City University. Manouil and Mike, students in Literature, are quite intrigued; they invade his life taking a few chances and they interpret his adventure in their own way, there are even some instances where they pretend to be him. However, it’s «Partali» (The Rag) who invades other people’s lives, conquering them, casting his spell on them. The trap has been set... Nothing is what it seems. The story takes place somewhere between the University and the harbor, at the Vardaris, a neighbourhood at the edge of Thessaloniki. Through successive narrations, a historical scenery from the German occupation to the fall of the military dictatorship is created, while the author gives us a rough idea of what a «restless» post-dictatorship generation would bring about. Sarcastic, tragicomic, daring even foul-mouthed, this novel adopts various narrative forms and is open to multiple interpretations.
Theodoros Grigoriadis was born in Kavala, Northern Greece, in 1956. He studied English Literature at the University of Thessaloniki. He has published eight novels, «Hidden People» 1990, 2002, «The Sailor» 1993, «The Dancer in the Oliveyard» 1996, «The Waters of Hersonisos» 1998, «Partali: The Story of a Man who Dressed as a Woman» 2001 (published in French by Editions Alteredit), «Outside the Body» 2003, «Alouza: A Thousand and One Lovers» 2005, «The Wrestler and the Dervish» 2010, a novella «Second Birth» 2009 and two collections of short stories, «The Ancient Phallus» 1991, 1995 & «Maps» 2007.