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    Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Patrick Leigh Fermor, Introduction by Michael Gorra

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    DescriptionThe 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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    Travels in the Southern Peloponnese
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick Leigh Fermor, Introduction by Michael Gorra
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 358
    Width: 125 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590171882
    ISBN 10: 1590171888

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T14.3
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVG
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-TT
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000, TRV009080
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 914.95/22
    LC classification: DF901.M34 F47 2006
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 914.9522
    DC21: 914.9522
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    Publication date
    06 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    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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    "His greatest book, "Mani," was about a journey through that little-known and, at the time, archaic region....[He] travelled [sic] simply, staying with fishermen and farmers, which enabled him to capture the essence of the region....Almost every page has its own literary tour de force, often with intimidating displays of learning and research mixed with fantasy, imagination and acute descriptions of the scene itself." -- Robin Hanbury-Tenison, "Geographical" "Patrick Leigh Fermor has written great travel books besides "Roumeli" and "Mani," but I like to think that his extraordinary style is especially well suited to the subject of Greece, that the beautiful cragginess and almost blinding brilliance of his prose correspond particularly to that country's rugged, dazzled landscapes. Here Fermor establishes an ideal of travel writing: no one responds to a people and a place with more erudition and sensitivity." -- Benjamin Kunkel "A really beautiful book of travel in an almost wholly unknown part of Europe, among people who still belong largely to the tough simple Middle Ages; and it shows not only their charm and vigor, but the delights which still await the explorer of Greece." -- Gilbert Highet " "Mani" and "Roumeli" two of the best travel books of the century." -- "Financial Times "Praise for Patrick Leigh Fermor: "One 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" If all Europe were laid waste tomorrow, one might do worse than attempt to recreate it, or at least to preserve some sense of historical splendor and variety, by immersing oneself in the travel books of Patrick Leigh Fermor."--Ben Downing, "The Paris Review"