Snow Gods Author:Frederic Morton Outrageous success makes men into gods, and it takes an outrageous imagination as well as first-rank writing to render these gods human again. This is what Fredric Morton has brought off triumphantly in Snow Gods, his most important novel so far. — Each Christmas, celebrities converge from all continents to keep a rendezvous at the Hotel Griff i... more »n the Swiss Alps, where they launch the photographers and the world outside see the Griffers as delicious jet-set myths, the reader soon knows better. Here is Luis Perez, aviation tycoon, a lovable Spanish-American and an insatiable ogre. Siegfield von Elden, ex-child (and perverse) piano virtuoso. Ina Lord, embattled star of avant-garde cinema. Schorsch, the handsome, bitter, Austrian Olympic champion. Walkerton Pell, the black-skinned mime whose insecurities have many brillieant guises; and whose wife, a high-born English lady, spices the talk at the best dinner tables. Prince Olganau, the Griff's house aristocrat, who takes a preternatural interest in his fellow quests.
Last but not least there are phantom presences crucial to the action. Which is not so strange, after all, since the "real" characters are obsessed by a phantom too: Power. Power is the theme of the book, the motor of its dazzling pace, the background behind its exquisite Alpine scenery, the source of its murderous humor. The pressure that drove these snow gods to their summit must, inevitably, drive them against each other. Money and fame, snow and slalom, even love and sex, become sacrifices to the power altar. And all the pleasures of a mouth-watering gossip novel turn into magic parody, into dangerous revelation.« less