Seven Days in New Crete Paperback – 1 Jun 1975
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No one else offers his precise combination of eroticism, nightmare and epigram (Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Somme. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. He died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The society is based largely on Graves' own reconstruction of prehistoric Greece and the Aegean, as suggested in the novel "Hercules My Shipmate" (also, I believe, published as "The Golden Fleece"), and set out more fully in "The White Goddess" and the introduction and notes in "The Greek Myths." The latter two books are formally non-fiction, but "The White Goddess" is, in my opinion, probably the best fantasy novel ever written which does not have a developed narrative or an obvious plot. (Not a view Graves would have appreciated.)
"Seven Days in New Crete" does have a narrative, however. It was much admired by Fritz Leiber, a science fiction and fantasy writer of distinction, and a fine critic, who explored alternative societies in some of his own writings. (Mainly dystopian; as L. Sprague de Camp warned science fiction writers, utopias are insipid by virtue of their perfection). "Seven Days" is sure to intrigue anyone who has enjoyed Graves' books about antiquity, but it would be a poor introduction to his work. Those interested in utopian fiction in general will probably also find it of considerable interest.