The Pursuit of Greece

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The Pursuit of Greece

Philip Sherard, Photographs by Dimitri

Travellers, poets, artists, even scholars, still go to Greece in search of something they feel that no other land quite offers them. Partly no doubt this is a by product of the enormous prestige the world of ancient Greece acquired subsequent to the Renaissance; partly, too, it is due to the sheer physical beauty with which Greece presents one at practically every step. Even though the stereotype of classical Greece has now worn thin, and island after island, seashore village after seashore village, are overrun by the life starved fugitives from the industrial wilderness of northern Europe loosed upon them week in week out by the seemingly endless succession of package tours and charter flights, the spell and the compulsion survive. For Philip Sherrard the enigma of Greece has been virtually a lifelong preoccupation. In this anthology he tries to explore its various aspects through the writings of those who over the centuries have found in Greece, not simply an object of study or a romantic haven, but a challenge, an incitement and a reciprocity that has stirred the wellsprings of both heart and imagination. To give an inner coherence to this exploration the passages chosen are presented in the form of an itinerary that includes all the major areas of Greece, the Aegean Islands and Crete. The remarkably evocative photographs by Dimitri complement this itinerary, providing the visual component of an image which cannot but enrich the experience of all who, for whatever reasons, have set out on this journey of self-discovery that Greece offers them.

'[T]the whole Greece is what Mr Sherrard is after in this splendid anthology. The book is not for complete beginners, nor for travellers who, without experience of their own, might be lulled into expecting everything to be marble and wild thyme. I should advise reading [it] not before but after a first visit, or during a second, when the noble and lively writing will, as it were, bring out the scent of the country.’ --Dilys Powell, The Sunday Times.


Softcover, 291 pages, 15 x 22.5 cms

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Author Anthology selected by Philip Sherard
Pages 291
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 150
Height (mm) 225

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