terata tou lofou"
(Monsters on the Hill)
Patakis 2002 - 9th edition 2019. 168 pp.
Distinction: Shortlisted for the State Prize for children's literature; Shortlisted for the DIAVAZO magazine award, 2003
Do monsters actually exist nowadays? Or are they
to be found only in books about wizards and in fantasy
films? It was August, and twelve-year-old Olga was about
to see something she had never imagined. She was about
to meet real life monsters, the kind that live among us.
Monsters that hate, fight and even kill anyone who is
a "stranger" or in any way different: a group
of young Neo-Nazi racists, who attack refugees and the
children of immigrant workers. Olga and her family will
show true renderness and understanding to those people,
and thus will become targeted by the racists. On the eve
of a wedding, for which everyone is preparing without
suspecting a thing, Olga will fall into their hands and
will live an adventure, which will put her life at risk.
She will experience a nightmare that will show her the
meaning of savagery, but also of courage and daring.
"...This book has been artfully structured.
Step by step, suspense reaches its culmination point...
A novel with an exceptionally interesting theme and
an even more interesting plot that addresses both to
teenagers and adults, too."
DIADROMES magazine, no. 7, Autumn 2002
" ...The Hill Monsters is an anti-racist political
book about the skinheads and the juvenile Neo-Nazi groups
who take action in the Athenian neighborhoods. Being
straightforward, the authoress writes about the psychological
state as well as the acts of those groups who can easily
pass from verbal violence and the decoration of the
city walls with reactionary slogans to acts of brutal
force. (...). Information about the action of the European
Neo-Nazi groups and the principles of their ideology
that is reported throughout the book, offers to the
young readers the necessary framework so as to deeply
understand this social phenomenon..."
Marisa DeCastro, TO ALLO VIMA newspaper, Sunday, 1 September
"... An antiracist political book about skinheads
and the gangs of young Neo-Nazis active in large cities
like Athens... The ideology and action of the European
gangs of neo-nazis referred to in this book provide
the necessary context for young readers to understand
this social phenomenon. At the same time, the foundation
are laid for the conviction that these exrreme views
about a "racially pure" society are an ideological
construct to be rejected unequivocally."
ITHACA, Magazine of the National Book Centre No20, November
"...A book of a well knit structure and smooth
style of writing that articulates the reality of our
TA NEA newspaper, 14-15 December 2002, "Vivliodromio",
"... A breathtaking novel depicting with realism the
phenomenon of racism and Neo-Nazism, which, although
not on a large scale, tends to grow nowadays in Greece,
too. The young protagonist experiences a nightmare that
shows her the meaning of savagery, but also of courage
THE WHITE RAVENS 2003
International Youth Library - Munich
"...through this book and in a remarkably realistic
way, the authoress touches upon one of the biggest and
most serious social issues of our days; that of racism
and violence... It is also through this book that Loty
Petrovits proves that she knows how to compose a contemporaneous
work of art for teenagers in such a way so as to make
them feel socially sensitized while enjoying the act
DIAVAZO magazine, no. 445, November 2003, p. 118 (nomination
of the book for the Diavazo Juvenile Literature Award
"The authoress presents a sharp problem that is
fostered in the guts of many contemporary societies:
the Neo-Nazi face of violence. At the same time, the
book imprints an intercultural reasoning. The realistic
character of all the things that happen throughout the
book is double; on the one hand, actions that are related
to the indirect criticism of the whole social system
and on the other hand, actions that penetrate to the
depths of the social practice. The same novel however,
presents another reasoning as well: that of cultural
and social resistance towards whatever prevents human
dignity and its contemporary multicultural facet. We
should also point out the authoress' skilled and competent
handling of language, the lively dialogues and the alternation
of the heroes' emotions, responsible for increasing,
from chapter to chapter, the plot tension as well as
the adventurous actions of the characters themselves."
Yiannis S. Papadatos
DIAVAZO magazine, no. 445, November 2003, p. 120 (nomination
of the book for the Diavazo magazine Juvenile Literature Award