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“The last bestseller of Ludmila Filipova The Parchment Maze (2009) cast us into a legendary quest followed by yet another chasing temptation of her newest novel The Dante’s Antichthon(2010).

As a true magician the book instantly embraces the reader with a Florence myth inspired by an ancient empirical formula known as „The Mystery of the Ten” concealed in Dante Alighieri's manuscripts.

The Dante’s Antichthon  proves to be a well justified guide for the millennium record of the Tenth element. The encrypted mirror messages of Orpheus, the scripts of Alighieri and the mysterious Book of Enoch the prophet - they are all straight in to be unveiled.

The protagonists rearrange the symbols of the Secret town of Coppede in Rome by revealing the very mechanism of the Ten thousand terrestrial breaths. Their quest further deciphers the Holly tablet of Dr. Dee in Oxford and the first human message on the stone heads found near the Iron Gates of the Danube River.

The novel tempts the reader to passionately ride the book lines of yet another adventurous ink labyrinth. The characters are after the hidden angel element as the key to the most arduously kept secret. As the world's most influential leaders and even military organizations are striving to grasp it, the element is accessible to just a few «touched».

The Dante’s Antichthon is a metaphor of a novel. Both the archaeologist Vera and the mystic Ariman seek for their mirror selves through adventures of legends, ancient philosophy, religion, astronomy and even physics. By trespassing the ten circles and spheres of the Other Land, the protagonists chart the path to each other through the Inverted poles of the meanings and the Antichthon, defined by Pythagoras as the Anthe-land.

Ludmila Filipova dives us relentlessly into a tornado of mysteries and unpredictable twists.

The alluring vertigo of symbols, sacred secrets, dreams and quest adventures captures the pages of the novel. It will certainly capture you too.”

Vasil Stoyanoff PhD
Semiotician, Plovdiv University

“It is hardly coincidence that the first novel about the ‘Secret of the Ten’ has come out precisely in the first Decade of the new millennium.”
Dimitar Gachev, section editor-in-chief, Radio Vaticana

“It is rare indeed for a sequel to be as good as a story’s beginning. Here the characters are well known, the action is dynamic, while philosophy, science and religion continue their eternal struggle. If you plunge yourself fully into the unearthly world of the Antichthon with an open mind, you’ll realize that the truly new thing here is Love! Ludmila Filipova has managed to write something novel about that millennial theme in human art.”
Stilian Ivanov, director, tvart

“Dante’s Antichthon can be read both as a thriller and a fable. Gazing into the unseen is a challenge, as well as a test. It’s worth finding out what kind of grade you’ll get after closing the final page of this exceptional novel.”
Pepa Yordanova, journalist


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