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María Belmonte

In the Land of Dionysius

Wanderings in the North of Greece

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Acantilado

Non fiction

February 2021

417 pages

Essay, Travel Literature

Original Title: En tierra de Dionisio

True to Kazantzakis’s words, “Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels”, María Belmonte conceives and re-creates Macedonia in the north of Greece, revealing it to her readers as a melancholic and mysterious land but also as exuberant as sunny Greece, and full of corners capable of offering moments of true exaltation. A frontier landscape which, for Belmonte, does not only consist of dividing lines but also fascinating zones where different realities, both material and spiritual, flow together. The result is an extraordinary story combining history, journeys, anthropology, and literature woven together by summoning up images, memories, readings, legends, and people, doing justice to a region that has been, and continues to be nothing less than a meeting point between two worlds, East and West.

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«Belmonte manages to capture the reader’s attention with the dynamism of her prose, richness of content, and the virtue of putting into writing inner thoughts that are projected out through the context, the external setting that is the real main character of the plot».
Jordi Corominas, Leer

«In Belmonte there is always an urge to decipher the invisible and, to achieve this, she summons characters from history and other travellers to get to know the soul of each place. This requites time and devotion».
Alfredo Urdaci, FanFan

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