By Patricia Storace, Patrick Leigh Fermor
Roumeli isn't to be came upon on present-day maps. it's the identify as soon as given to northern Greece—stretching from the Bosporus to the Adriatic and from Macedonia to the Gulf of Corinth, a reputation that conjures up a international the place the current is inseparably sure up with the past.
Roumeli describes Patrick Leigh Fermor’s wanderings in and round this mysterious and but very actual sector. he is taking us with him between Sarakatsan shepherds, to the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora, and on a challenge to trace down a couple of Byron’s slippers at Missolonghi. As he does, he brings to mild the inherent conflicts of the Greek inheritance—the tenuous hyperlinks to the classical and Byzantine historical past, the legacy of Ottoman domination—along with an underlying, even older international, strains of which Leigh Fermor unearths within the hills and mountains and alongside stretches of slightly explored coast.
Roumeli is a better half quantity to Patrick Leigh Fermor’s recognized Mani: Travels within the Southern Peloponnese.
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