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"Ta 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
ISBN: 960-16-0422-7

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."
Angeliki Varella
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 2002

"... 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 2002

"...A book of a well knit structure and smooth style of writing that articulates the reality of our days."
Litsa Psarafti
TA NEA newspaper, 14-15 December 2002, "Vivliodromio", p. 28.

"... 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 and daring."
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 of reading."
Manos Kontoleon
DIAVAZO magazine, no. 445, November 2003, p. 118 (nomination of the book for the Diavazo Juvenile Literature Award 2003)

"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 2003)

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