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Writers and Greece

Patrick Leigh Fermor wrote about “Mani” and “Roumeli” and considered Greece his own country. During the same time, there lived in Greece other foreigners like the Durrell brothers who wrote so many books about its beauties. Lawrence Durrell, better known for his magical “Alexandria Quartet” wrote travel memories of Rhodes, Corfu and Cyprus while his brother, the naturalist Gerald Durell penned humorous incidents of his childhood («My family and other animals», «Birds, beasts and relatives»). All of them met with great success as did the American author Henry Miller‘s “The Colossus of Maroussi”, a book about George Katsimbalis, a Greek researcher of literature and a famous figure of the so-called Generation of the ’30’s. It seems that Katsimbalis was actually the heart and soul of this literary Athenian circle. In Greece, more specifically on the island of Spetsai, lived and work for a time, another well-known author, John Fowles. Greece is the setting for “The Magus”, one of his novels.

You can watch a video of Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell here :


Or listen in this video to Patrick Leigh Fermor talking about Katsimbalis, while the opening episode of the series “My family and other animals” based on the book by Gerald Durrell is presented here:

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