The Spirit of Mediterranean Places

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ISBN 978-0-910395-17-5
Publication Date
January 1986
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147 pages
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0-910395-17-9

The Spirit of Mediterranean Places

Michael Butor

 
This book gathers French writer Michel Butor's essays on his travel in the Mediterranean. Included are pieces on Cordova, Istanbul, Salonica, Delphi, Crete, and northern Italy, as well as an extended essay on Egypt--where, when he was 24, Butor spent a year teaching French in a secondary school. Michel Butor is one of the leading exponents of the avant-garde writing that emerged in France in the 1950s .
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"These essays, demanding and wonderful, convey a profound sense of places and the people who have inhabited them, what they have created and what they have destroyed." --Christian Science Monitor
"A straightforward book of travel essays, wonderfully successful at summarizing what had been, for Butor, the special significance of certain portentous sites." --Times Literary Supplement
"These 'reverent divinations of the riddle presented by places' differ radically from the usual travelogue or travel journal. Rather, they invoke 'the spirit of the place' as it appeared at a particular time to an unusually sensitive and highly literate voyager." --Choice