Siren Land: A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

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Norman Douglas’s first travel book, Siren Land is an homage to a part of the world that captivated the author more than any other. Weaving the myths of the Sirens into the landscape and history of the region, Douglas writes with knowledge and an irrepressible exuberance of the past and the present, of legends and archaeology, folklore and daily life, patron saints, local ghosts, wine, and the wind.

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Norman Douglas (1868-1952) was born in Austria and educated in England, Germany, and France. Much of his life was spent in exile, in Italy and the south of France. He is the author of several books, including Siren LandFountains in the Sand and Old Calabria. Publication of his most famous novel, South Wind, established his reputation as one of the foremost writers of his generation. Though his life was surrounded by controversy, Douglas’s prose reflected an elegance and beauty acclaimed by critics. His novels and travel books are now widely regarded as classics.

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*A product of scholarship and leisure, of the love of books and the love of life* -- New York Times

*What makes Siren Land exceptional is the quality of the telling. Weaving scholarship, impressions, fact and fantasy into an intricate fabric as enchantingly entertaining and full of human interest as the best of fairy tales or ancient myths. One of the most memorable books of its genre.* -- Mark Holloway, in his introduction to Siren Land

*...the tales of one of the 20th century's greatest travellers in Italy.* -- Wanderlust

*Siren Land makes a welcome return to print... A classic of travel writing, it's a hymn to the delights, history and myth of southern Italy, written by a hedonist who happened also to be a great scholar.*      -- Books Quarterly

*An early 20th Century classic from the golden age of travel writing...his phrasing is effortless and his ideas easily meld the mythic with the modern.* --Nick Owchar, LAtimes.com

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Verlag: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd. Jun 2010 (2010)
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Buchbeschreibung I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd. Jun 2010, 2010. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Norman Douglas's first travel book, Siren Land is an homage to a part of the world that captivated the author more than any other. Weaving the myths of the Sirens into the landscape and history of the region, Douglas writes with knowledge and an irrepressible exuberance of the past and the present, of legends and archaeology, folklore and daily life, patron saints, local ghosts, wine, and the wind. 216 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781848850019

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