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Crete by Barry Unsworth

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"It is hard to think of anywhere on earth where so many firsts and mosts are crammed into a space so small," Barry Unsworth writes of the isle of Crete. Birthplace of the Greek god Zeus, the Greek alphabet, and the first Greek laws, as well as the home of 15 mountain ranges and the longest gorge in Europe, this land is indisputably unique. And since ancient times, its inhabitants have maintained an astonishing tenacity and sense of national identity, even as they suffered conquest and occupation by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottoman Turks, and Germans. Throughout this evocative book, Unsworth describes the incredible physical and cultural proportions of the island-in history, myth, and reality. With the same keen eye and clear, eloquent prose that distinguishes his acclaimed historical novels, Barry Unsworth delivers his readers a two-fold traveler's reward, at once a wonderfully detailed panorama of Crete's many layers of history and an evocative portrait of an island almost literally larger than life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780792255581
ISBN-10: 0792255585
Format: Paperback
(202mm x 139mm x 13mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: National Geographic Society
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Stone Virgin by Barry Unsworth Stone Virgin, Paperback (September 2012)

For five hundred years a statue of the Madonna has watched over Venice. Now, dulled by time and pollution, she is prepared for restoration. As Simon Raikes immerses himself in the painstaking task of cleaning and repairing, he is inexorably drawn to the stories of violence and lust which have surrounded this stone virgin.

Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth Losing Nelson, Paperback (September 2012)

As the child of an absent mother and a disapproving father, Charles Cleasby found comfort in solitary games of chess. Many years later, in the house where he grew up and now lives alone, he re-enacts the naval battles of his hero Horatio Nelson, moving model ships as carefully as he once did chess pieces.

Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth Land of Marvels, Paperback (April 2010)

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Author Biography - Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth won the Booker Prize in 1992 for "Sacred Hunger;" his next novel, "Morality Play" was a Booker nominee and a bestseller in both the U.S. and Great Britain. His other books include "Pascali's Island, " which was made into a feature film, and "Losing Nelson, " a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book and "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year. Unsworth lives in Umbria with his wife and was recently a visiting professor at Kenyon College in Ohio.

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