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A geographical line unites Dionysis, the lonely dervish of Athens, with the Turkish wrestler of Andrianoupolis, the neighbourhoods of Istanbul with the palaestrae of the frontiers. A young, female photographer is the first to fall madly in love with the wrestler when she sees him fight on the rings of the Macedonian funfairs; but she is not the only one. At the threshold of 21st century married men are still disappearing in their quest for mysticism, while Christos, a professor of Balkan studies, using history as a tool, is trying to get over sexual and racial identities through the interpretation of secret yearnings and historical messages. A bold novel of sexual obsession, a complex and enigmatic canvas with elements of social thriller with a large and contradictory geographical range from the East to the West with no exoticism whatsoever. The Wrestler and the Dervish is a novel about the paradox and the different, the fight of the body and the soul and of love with restlessness.
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.