Old Calabria

Old Calabria

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by Norman Douglas
     
 

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Calabria. A dramatic peninsula of rugged mountains and windswept coastlines facing Sicily - 'the most beautiful kilometre in Italy' - wrote Gabriele d'Annunzio. Thought steeped in a rich and ancient past, Calabria has been lost from view when Norman Douglas visited in the early 1900s. Long familiar with southern Italy, the region captivated him and the wild and

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Calabria. A dramatic peninsula of rugged mountains and windswept coastlines facing Sicily - 'the most beautiful kilometre in Italy' - wrote Gabriele d'Annunzio. Thought steeped in a rich and ancient past, Calabria has been lost from view when Norman Douglas visited in the early 1900s. Long familiar with southern Italy, the region captivated him and the wild and unspoilt landscape inspired him. Tracing a typically adventurous route from the promontory of Gargano in the north - liked in ancient times with Byzantium - to the southern tip of Aspromote, he scaled vast mountain ranges, trekked through dense forest and crossed remote and often dangerous countryside. Within Douglas's vibrant account of his adventures is woven the rich history - from Greek settlers and Roman conquerors to the powerful 'Ndrangheta organised crime family - that has shaped the land, language, culture and people of a place that Douglas grew to adore. Witty, erudite and elegant, Old Calabria is a literary classic, acclaimed as much for its sparkling prose as for its exquisite portrait of Italy's most unpredictable and colourful province.

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“If there is a better book of travel in English, I do not know it.” —R. M. Dawkins, University of Oxford

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ISBN-13:
9780810160224
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
Marlboro Travel
Edition description:
1
Pages:
325
Sales rank:
1,413,073
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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