By Barry Unsworth
"His prepared realizing of heritage and legend...illuminate[s] his visits." —Publishers Weekly
"A shiny photo of the island." —Associated Press
"It is difficult to consider wherever in the world the place such a lot of firsts and mosts are stuffed right into a area so small," Barry Unsworth writes of the isle of Crete. Birthplace of the Greek god Zeus, the Greek alphabet, and the 1st Greek legislation, in addition to the house of 15 mountain levels and the longest gorge in Europe, this land is surely particular. and because precedent days, its population have maintained an excellent tenacity and feel of nationwide identification, at the same time they suffered conquest and profession by means of Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottoman Turks, and Germans.
Throughout this evocative publication, now in alternate paper, Unsworth describes the awesome actual and cultural proportions of the island—in historical past, fantasy, and fact. relocating and crafty, Crete provides readers a entire photo and wealthy knowing of this complex—and certainly, nearly magical—world of Mediterranean wonders.
With a similar willing eye and transparent, eloquent prose that distinguishes his acclaimed historic novels, Barry Unsworth grants his readers a two-fold traveler's present, immediately a perfectly certain landscape of Crete's many layers of heritage and an evocative portrait of an island nearly actually greater than existence.