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Old Calabria
     

Old Calabria

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by Norman Douglas
 

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Though steeped in a rich and ancient past, Calabria had 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 - linked in ancient times with Byzantium - to the

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Though steeped in a rich and ancient past, Calabria had 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 - linked 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' vibrant account of his adventures is woven the rich history - from Greek settlers and Roman conquerors to the powerful 'Ndrangheta organized 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 colorful 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:
9781546763925
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/17/2017
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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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 Land, Fountains 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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