Thanasis Triaridis (Thessaloniki, 1970) is considered to be one of the most unconventional and important contemporary Greek authors. From 2000 to date he has published, in various forms, 30 books of narratives and essays, while in 2004 he started his web site, (www.triaridis.gr), where he has since collected all of his books in their entirety as well as all of his published writings (more than 300 texts at the moment).
His first novel, Deathwind Breathing on Cupela (O Ánemos Sfyrízei Stin Koupéla), 2000, was welcomed by the critics as one of the most important Greek works that combine aestheticism with magic realism. His novel Lemonmellons (Ta Melénia Lemónia) was considered blasphemous and pornographic; for this reason it was first published on the web in 2005 and two years later, in 2007, as a book.
His fantasy short novels Tales of Tears (Istoríes Dakrýon), 2002, were translated into English, French and Italian. In his essays he has written mostly about different aspects of western civilization: classical and post-classical epic narrative, tragedy, the ideology of the Renaissance, western painting until the 20th century, the unifying narrative of the western world, pornography and other topics in literature and aesthetics. He has also written reams of polemics against nations, religions, racism, totalitarianism, and any form of individual and collective violence – many of which have met with severe reactions and made him a target for Greek nationalists. Since August 2009 he is a conscientious objector. He has also been an activist with the DROM network for the social rights of the Roma in Greece.
Featured Reading Group Title
Deathwind breathing on Cupela (Ο άνεμος σφυρίζει στην Κουπέλα)
On February 1978 Domenica Frantzi, a strange and enigmatic teacher, is found dead on Cupela hill. Years later, one of her pupils is writing down her story. The story of a terrible secret, strange games, unspeakable passions and obsessions, a forbidden hill, supernatural obstacles, miracles and horrible signs of evil…
“The story of Domenica becomes the myth of initiation not only into love but also into the narrative of love, the dark fairytale of erotic awakening, featuring a protean eroticism. The masks of passion change, eroticism is constantly fed back, as the enigmatic teacher changes her own personas, renewing or reversing her stories, constantly deepening and overshadowing the meaning of her sibylline phrases. The entire process is a preparation for ecstasy, for the availability and readiness of the senses, for the willing, yet sad flesh. Deathwind Breathing on Cupela is a novel the narrative of which is not enchanting, but enchanted – a work that turns into myth the very process of stimulating bodies in preparation for their destruction.” Vangelis Athanassopoulos, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Athens
“This novel is a true thriller, written in an exceptional literary manner that grasps and holds the reader’s interest until the very last page. Thanasis Triaridis proves to be a true craftsman in his métier. The mystical atmosphere, the darkness, the action and the odd, yet so captivating story, make this work a true landmark in Modern Greek literature…” Giorgos Petropoulos, ODOS PANOS magazine
- Deathwind breathing on Cupela is featured in our Greek Reading Group Autumn / Winter 2012-13.
- Sample Deathwind Breathing on Cupela excerpt (67) translated into English by Clio Weber and Michael Weber (downloadable).
- Twitter discussion of Deathwind breathing on Cupela on Tuesday 19 February 2013, 6.30-7.30 pm GMT with the hashtag #readinggroup