Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers (Literary Guides for Travellers) Hardcover – 26 Mar 2014
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'Andrew and Suzanne Edwards have created a colourful switchback of quotation and commentary which repeatedly astonishes us with Sicily's differing reservoirs of experience, so that we do find ourselves asking: is there anything Sicily has not seen and does not know?'
--(Duncan Fallowell, The Spectator)
'Sicily has everything a traveller could desire. There are innumerable excellent guides to it, but this is the ideal travelling companion, with its unique interweaving of everything that has contributed to Sicily's profound influence on art, literature, history and philosophy...' --(Country Life)
'Sicily is full of such delicious anecdotes: it is not only a literary signpost for travellers in an ancient island, but a cultural guide for anyone who finds themselves in the infuriating thrall of its contradictory and compelling extremes... Sicily is bound to become battered and dog-eared, blotched with caponata and wine stains.' --Clarissa Hyman, Times Literary Supplement
'a wonderful text on the literary diversity of the island.' --Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller
About the Author
Andrew Edwards is writer and the translator of two books set in Sicily by the Spanish author Alejandro Luque. Suzanne Edwards is a linguistics graduate and lecturer. Between them, they have written widely on Sicily, its food, culture and literature.
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For example, I didn't know that Aeschylus wrote the Oresteia whilst in retirement at the Sicilian port of Gela, that Cicero's first public posting was as a public administrator in western Sicily, or that Cervantes was hospitalized in Messina following the Battle of Lepanto and made use of his Sicilian experiences in writing Don Quixote. The authors also point out that Shakespeare uses Sicily as the setting for The Winter's Tale and ...Read more ›
This book, part of a series from I.B. Tauris, provides a summary of the literature on Sicily, from the ancient writers to modern novelists. It is presented in the form of a tour, so that each province is covered in turn, linking writers to specific parts of the island. This approach, highlighting the literary connections, adds another perspective to a visit. Profiles of the authors discussed are included.
This book is a good read in its own right, providing many insights on the island. The first to summarise the writers on Sicily, it offers a valuable service.
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This is a marvellous read, whether you have been to Sicily or whether you are about to go. A book in which to dip in and out, or to keep reading. Read morePublished 24 months ago by balletsrusses
“Sicily” is an alternative travel guide. It does not contain street maps, does not highlight day trips, rate transportation or list restaurants. Read morePublished on 8 July 2014 by David Wineberg
The authors have managed to capture the history and geography of the island through the lives of many writers. Read morePublished on 10 April 2014 by Amazon Customer