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Greece: A Literary Guide for Travellers

by Michael Carroll I.B.Tauris
Pub Date:
09/2017
ISBN:
9781784533809
Format:
Hbk 288 pages
Price:
AU$39.99 NZ$43.47
Product Status: In Stock Now
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“If in the library of your house you do not have the works of the ancient Greek writers then you have a house with no light” -- George Bernard Shaw


 


There is virtually nothing in the modern world which does not have its origins in Greece, most notably language and literature. As Shelley once said, “We are all Greeks”. This small, rugged, sea-girt country has the longest written history in Europe. Her myths and legends, so deeply embedded in Western consciousness, and her sublime landscapes, so infused with history, have been muse for writers, artists and travellers for millennia. Travelling from Athens to the scattered islands of the Ionian and Aegean seas, the words of literary titans echo through the centuries: from Homer and Plato to Byron, Flaubert and Twain; Henry Miller to John Fowles; the Durrells to Patrick Leigh Fermor and Cavafy, Kazantzakis and Seferis. Their luminous portraits of Greece – poignant, provocative, always entertaining - enrich our own experiences of the country and shed light on a dramatic and often tragic past.
Michael Carroll was born in England in 1935 but spent much of his early life in India. He is the author of From a Persian Tea House and An Island in Greece (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) and divides his time between London and the Greek island of Skopelos.