The whole Mediterranean, the sculpture, the palm, the gold beads, the bearded heroes, the wine, the ideas, the ships, the moonlight, the winged gorgons, the bronze men, the philosophers -all of it seems to rise in the sour, pungent taste of these black olives between the teeth. A taste older than meat, older than wine. A taste as old as cold water.–Lawrence Durell
Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), who wrote the modern classic Prospero’s Cell (1945) about time spent in Corfu, was born in India but spent most of his life abroad. Though educated in Britain, he resisted affiliation with Britain and preferred to be considered cosmopolitan. He was a novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer.