Trespassers in Time

‘Every stone of the island is steeped in history and mythology. The shades of the Minoans still dwell within the walls of their palaces, and their Goddess is omnipresent in the caves and sanctuaries. The corridors of Knossos echo with the soft footfalls of the cup-bearers, and the snorting of the bull and the gasps of the spectators are audible as you cross the central court. And at the heart of the Labyrinth, the terrible Minotaur, that unfortunate offspring of a forbidden passion, is still thirsting for human blood… The past is present, and the present is past and whichever way you look at it, we are trespassers in time.’

Modern tourists, the last in a long series of invaders to the island, cannot fail to sense that every clod of Cretan soil is peopled by the ghosts of the past, and that the life of the present-day inhabitants is still governed by archaic traditions, for in some mysterious way the present, the historical past and the myths and legends are interwoven to form a single entity.

A middle-aged Englishwoman, a retired Austrian journalist, a German student, an attractive Greek girl, and a group of American feminists – these are the main characters of Elizabeth Karlhuber’s novel, but the real hero is the Greek island of Crete, long sacred to the Great Goddess, birthplace of the supreme Greek god Zeus, and home of the fearsome Minotaur.

Trespassers in Time
Karlhuber Publications, CH - 4103 Bottmingen, 2002, 276 pages, CHF 29.80
ISBN: 978-3-9521990-1-5

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