The Colossus of Maroussi (Second Edition)

The Colossus of Maroussi (Second Edition)

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by Henry Miller
     
 

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Henry Miller’s landmark travel book, now reissued in a new edition, is ready to be stuffed into any vagabond’s backpack.

Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller’s The Colossus of Maroussi stands as a seminal classic in travel literature.  It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel

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Henry Miller’s landmark travel book, now reissued in a new edition, is ready to be stuffed into any vagabond’s backpack.

Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller’s The Colossus of Maroussi stands as a seminal classic in travel literature.  It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman’s seductive description of Greece. Miller headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside: a flock of sheep nearly tramples the two as they lie naked on a beach; the Greek poet Katsmbalis, the “colossus” of Miller’s book, stirs every rooster within earshot of the Acropolis with his own loud crowing; cold hard-boiled eggs are warmed in a village’s single stove, and they stay in hotels that “have seen better days, but which have an aroma of the past.”

Editorial Reviews

National Geographic
“Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in his story of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete.”
Pico Iyer
“One of the five greatest travel books of all time. ”
Paul Rosenfeld
“It doesn't seem far from a miracle to me, the emergence of as friendly and joyful a book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811219150
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
326,294
File size:
477 KB

Meet the Author

Henry Miller (1891—1980) was one of the most controversial American novelists during his lifetime. His book, The Tropic of Cancer, was banned in the some U.S. states before being overruled by the Supreme Court. New Directions publishes several of his books.
Will Self (b. 1961) is an English novelist and journalist. His Independent column of offbeat walking tours, “Psychogeography,” has been collected into an eponymously titled book.
Ian S. MacNiven (b. 1938) edited The Durrell-Miller Letters: 1935-1980.

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The Colossus of Maroussi 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I've read Miller's book countless times and always feel that I'm traveling in Greece again. His characters are larger than life (particularly Katsimbalis, the 'Colossus' referenced in the title). And really, for non-Greek lovers of Greece that is at the core of our love affair. Experiencing a culture where life is always spelled with a capital 'L'. The only book by Miller that I've ever really enjoyed, his passion for the subject makes up for any shortfalls. One of a very few timeless tributes to an ageless culture!