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Corsica: Portrait of a Granite Island

Carrington, Dorothy

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ISBN 10: 0381982602 / ISBN 13: 9780381982607
Published by John Day, 1974
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Hardcover with dustjacket, first American printing as stated on copyright page, this is a pristine copy, book and dustjacket are like new, the original price is present and a professional (removable) mylar cover is included, "a work of classic status for which Dorothy Carrington received the Royal Society of Literature award," 336 pages, illustrated with photos, includes a selected bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # 028473

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Title: Corsica: Portrait of a Granite Island

Publisher: John Day

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st US Edition.

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CORSICA: PORTRAIT OF A GRANITE ISLAND is a work of classic status for which Dorothy Carrington received the Royal Society of Literature award. Whether analyzing the archaic beliefs of rural Corsica, witchcraft, prophecy, the veneration of the dead, examining the details of Genoese of Pisan architecture, or discussing its innumerable invaders, Carrington reveals her deep love and understanding of this strange land. Scholarly research, acutely lived personal experiences, and the author's sensitive and intelligent observation make the book continuously delightful and fascinating. She evokes the magnificent scenery and austere granite villages. She illustrates the traditional pastoral economy with accounts of her visits to shepherds' settlements little changed since proto-historic times. A study of banditry and the vendetta system is completed with a description of personal encounters with people and families still involved. This pattern of authentic insular culture is vividly traced throughout its long history. Around 1500 B.C., the Corsicans were the precursors of European humanistic sculpture; the beautiful and mysterious "statue-menhirs" are still found on the island. In the later Middle Ages, they organized communities that might be described as village welfare states. And more than 30 years before the Constitutional Convention of the U.S., they practiced a form of national representative democratic government, led by the dynamic Pasquale Paoli. The product of years spent in Corsica, this is a study in depth of one of the least known, and most beautiful, areas in Western Europe.

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