Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

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By (author) Patrick Leigh Fermor, Introduction by Michael Gorra

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  • Publisher: NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 358 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 203mm x 23mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 6 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1590171888
  • ISBN 13: 9781590171882
  • Sales rank: 121,834

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The Mani, at the tip of Greece's--and Europe's--southernmost promontory, is one of the most isolated regions of the world. Cut off from the rest of the country by the towering range of the Taygetus and hemmed in by the Aegean and Ionian seas, it is a land where the past is still very much a part of its people's daily lives. Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has been described as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene," bridges the genres of adventure story, travel writing, and memoir to reveal an ancient world living alongside the twentieth century. Here, in the book that confirmed his reputation as one of the English language's finest writers of prose, Patrick Leigh Fermor carries the reader with him on his journeys among the Greeks of the mountains, exploring their history and time-honored lore. "Mani" is a companion volume to Patrick Leigh Fermor's celebrated "Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece."

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Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was an intrepid traveler, a heroic soldier, and a writer with a unique prose style. After his stormy schooldays, followed by the walk across Europe to Constantinople that begins in "A Time of Gifts" (1977) and continues through "Between the Woods and the Water" (1986), he lived and traveled in the Balkans and the Greek Archipelago. His books "Mani" (1958) and "Roumeli" (1966) attest to his deep interest in languages and remote places. In the Second World War he joined the Irish Guards, became a liaison officer in Albania, and fought in Greece and Crete. He was awarded the DSO and OBE. He lived partly in Greece--in the house he designed with his wife, Joan, in an olive grove in the Mani--and partly in Worcestershire. He was knighted in 2004 for his services to literature and to British-Greek relations. Michael Gorra teaches English Literature at Smith College. He is the author of "After Empire: Scott," "Naipaul," "Rushdie." His most recent book is "Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece." He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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"There is only one complaint I can think of making about Patrick Leigh Fermor's books: They appear too seldom. When they do appear, they offer that kindest of pleasures open to a reviewer-the chance of unqualified praise." -"The New York Times" ""Mani" and "Roumeli" two of the best travel books of the century."- "Financial Times" "."..Mani" and "Roumeli" remain extraordinarily engaging books. This is partly thanks to Leigh Fermor's ability to turn an insight into a telling phrase ...and partly thanks to his capacity to weave a compelling story out of sometimes unpromising material. One of the best tales of all is the hilarious digression in "Roumeli" on the attempted recovery of a pair of Byron's slippers from a man in Missolonghi, on behalf of Byron's very odd great-granddaughter Lady Wentworth...When you see through all the nonsense about Hellenic continuity, there is, underneath, a much more nuanced account of the ambivalences of modern Greece, its people and its myths (its own myths about itself and us, as much as our myths about it)."-Mary Beard, "The London Review of Books" Praise for Patrick Leigh Fermor: "[O]ne of the greatest travel writers of all time"-"The Sunday Times" "[A] unique mixture of hero, historian, traveler and writer; the last and the greatest of a generation whose like we won't see again."-"Geographical" "The finest traveling companion we could ever have . . . His head is stocked with enough cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure." -"Evening Standard"