The Durrells of Corfu

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Author: Michael Haag

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782833307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 179

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The Durrell family are immortalised in Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals and its ITV adaptation, The Durrells. But what of the real life Durrells? Why did they go to Corfu in the first place - and what happened to them after they left? The real story of the Durrells is as surprising and fascinating as anything in Gerry's books, and Michael Haag, with his first hand knowledge of the family, is the ideal narrator, drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments. The Durrells of Corfu describes the family's upbringing in India and the crisis that brought them to England and then Greece. It recalls the genuine characters they encountered on Corfu - Theodore the biologist, the taxi driver Spiro Halikiopoulos and the prisoner Kosti - as well as the visit of American writer Henry Miller. And Haag has unearthed the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo's and Larry's last-minute escapes before the War. An extended epilogue looks at the emergence of Larry as a world famous novelist, and Gerry as a naturalist and champion of endangered species, as well as the lives of the rest of the family, their friends and other animals. The book is illustrated with family photos from the Gerald Durrell Archive, many of them reproduced here for the first time.

Der Taubentunnel

Geschichten aus meinem Leben

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Author: John le Carré

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843713421

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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»Mitreißend, unterhaltsam und spannend wie einen Thriller erzählt le Carré in Der Taubentunnel sein Leben.« Eckart Baier, Buchjournal Was macht das Leben eines Schriftstellers aus? Mit dem Welterfolg Der Spion, der aus der Kälte kam gab es für John le Carré keinen Weg zurück. Er kündigte seine Stelle im diplomatischen Dienst, reiste zu Recherchezwecken um den halben Erdball — Afrika, Russland, Israel, USA, Deutschland —, traf die Mächtigen aus Politik- und Zeitgeschehen und ihre heimlichen Handlanger. John le Carré ist ein exzellenter und unabhängiger Beobachter, mit untrüglichem Gespür für Macht und Verrat. Aber auch für die komischen Seiten des weltpolitischen Spiels. In seinen Memoiren blickt er zurück auf sein Leben und sein Schreiben. Die Memoiren eines Jahrhundertautors

The Corfu Trilogy

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Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141911131

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

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The trilogy that inspired ITV's six part television series The Durrells. Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise - My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell - are available in a single edition for the first time in The Corfu Trilogy. Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . . causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family. Durrell's memories of those enchanted days gave rise to these three classic tales, loved by generations of adults and children alike, which are now available in one volume for the first time. 'He has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentrics' Sunday Telegraph 'A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals - but, above all, childhood moulded by these things' New York Times

Die Magie der kleinen Dinge

Roman

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Author: Jessie Burton

Publisher: Limes Verlag

ISBN: 3641157838

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Wenn der Schein trügt, muss man zweimal hinsehen Die junge Nella wird mit dem Amsterdamer Handelsmann Johannes Brandt verheiratet. Als sie sein herrschaftliches Haus an der Herengracht zum ersten Mal betritt, schlägt ihr kalte Abneigung von Seiten ihrer neuen Familie entgegen. Nur das Hochzeitsgeschenk spendet ihr Trost: ein Puppenhaus, das eine exakte Nachbildung ihres neuen Zuhauses ist. Doch bald werden Nella mysteriöse kleine Nachbildungen ihrer neuen Familienmitglieder geschickt – und Hinweise auf das, was diese verbergen. Nella beginnt zu ahnen, dass sich hinter der perfekten Fassade der Brandts tiefe Abgründe verbergen – und Geheimnisse, die sie alle in ihren Sog ziehen werden ...

My Family and Other Animals

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Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141936096

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 320

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My Family and Other Animals is the bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu by treasured British conservationist Gerald Durrell. It is also the first book in Durrell's Corfu Trilogy, which inspired ITV's television series The Durrells. Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family - acne-ridden Margo, gun-toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long-suffering mother and Roger the dog - take off for the island of Corfu. But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna - among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies. Recounted with immense humour and charm My Family and Other Animals is a wonderful account of a rare, magical childhood. 'Durrell has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentricities' Sunday Telegraph 'A bewitching book' Sunday Times

Im Garten des Propheten

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Author: Khalil Gibran

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423409886

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 96

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Der Prophet kehrt heim Nach seiner zwölfjährigen Reise kehrt Almustafa, der Prophet, in seine Heimat zurück. Alle sind begierig, an seiner großen Weisheit teilzuhaben. Almustafa jedoch bleibt zunächst 40 Tage lang allein in seinem Haus. Dann nimmt er neun Männer bei sich auf, um ihnen sein Wissen über Leben, Tod, Liebe, Natur und Gott zu vermitteln. Im Zentrum steht dabei das Verhältnis des Menschen zur geheimnisvollen und wunderbaren Natur.

The Garden of the Gods

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Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241981689

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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The third book in The Corfu Trilogy (after My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts and Relatives), the beloved books that inspired ITV's television series The Durrells. Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . . causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family.

Opfergaben

Thriller

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Author: Jeffrey Siger

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641046890

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Eine scheinbar idyllische Insel, rituelle Morde und ein Kommissar, der gegen alle Widerstände einen Serienkiller stoppen muss Als Kommissar Andreas Kaldis unfreiwillig von Athen auf die Insel Mykonos versetzt wird, ist er sich sicher, dass seine Tage bei der Mordkommission gezählt sind. Denn wo sollte hier, im Urlaubsparadies, das Verbrechen lauern? Doch der Alptraum beginnt, als die sterblichen Überreste einer jungen Frau gefunden werden – einer Touristin, die auf rituelle Weise ermordet wurde. Als kurz darauf erneut eine junge Touristin verschwindet, kann Kaldis förmlich spüren, dass der Killer sie in seiner Gewalt hat und nur darauf wartet, sie seinem grausamen Ritual zu unterziehen ...

Birds, Beasts and Relatives

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Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241981662

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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The follow up to My Family and Other Animals and the second book in The Corfu Trilogy, the beloved books that inspired ITV's television series The Durrells. In this second collection of tales concerning the Durrell family on the island of Corfu, young Gerry continues to be captivated by the fascinating flora and fauna of their adopted home - much to the bemusement and upset of his long suffering siblings and mother. Whether it's lamp fishing by night or roving the countryside with his mentor Theodore, Gerry encounters intoxicated hedgehogs, tarantulas, dung beetles, water spiders and other animals, some of which become the family's very unwanted pets.

Prospero's Cell

A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu

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Author: Lawrence Durrell

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453261656

Category: Travel

Page: 258

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From a member of the real-life family portrayed in The Durrells in Corfu, this memoir of the idyllic Greek island is “among the best books ever written” (The New York Times). Before Lawrence Durrell became a renowned novelist, poet, and travel writer, he spent four youthful years on Corfu, an island jewel with beauty to match the long and fascinating history within its rocky shores. While his brother, Gerald, was collecting animals as a budding naturalist, Lawrence fished, drank, and lived with the natives in the years leading up to World War II, sheltered from the tumult that was engulfing Europe—until finally he could ignore the world no longer. Durrell left for Alexandria, to serve his country as a wartime diplomat, but never forgot the wonders of Corfu. In this “brilliant” journey through that idyllic time and place, Durrell returns to the land that made him so happy, blending his love of history with memories of his adventures there (The Economist). Like the blue Aegean, Prospero’s Cell is deep and crystal clear, offering a perfect view straight to the heart of a nation.

An Evening of Long Goodbyes

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Author: Paul Murray

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3888978335

Category: Fiction

Page: 572

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Paul Murrays brillanter Gesellschaftsroman erzählt die Geschichte von Charles Hythloday, der im Herrenhaus seiner Familie den skurrilen Lebensstil eines Landedelmanns pflegt. Umsorgt von der bosnischen Haushälterin verbringt er seine Tage Cocktails schlürfend auf der Chaiselongue und schaut sich alte Schwarzweißfilme an. Als regelmäßige Arbeit sieht er die unregelmäßige Pflege der Pfauen seines verstorbenen Vaters. Allerdings müssen Charles und seine Schwester Bel bald feststellen, dass sie nicht so reich sind, wie sie dachten. Die von einem Alkoholentzug nach Hause zurückkehrende Mutter zwingt Charles, sich einen Job zu suchen, den Landsitz zu verlassen und endlich auf eigenen Beinen zu stehen. Doch auf die harte Realität in Dublin ist er nicht vorbereitet. Andererseits ist das wirkliche Leben aber auch nicht vorbereitet auf einen wie Charles Hythloday...

Lawrence Durrell and the Greek World

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Author: Anna Lillios

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 9781575910765

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

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The essays in this volume represent multiple perspectives on Lawrence Durrell's sojourn in the Hellenic diaspora and his art's connection to the Greek world. Essays include reminiscences by Durrell's only living child, Penelope Durrell-Hope, and friends, such as Greek poet Nanos Valaoritis, H. R. Stoneback, Penelope Tremayne, and John Letham. Another group of critical essays examine Durrell's imaginative evocation of the spirit of place, specifically his depiction of Corfu, Rhodes, Cyprus, and Alexandria, Egypt, which are locales that have provided settings for his travel books, poetry, and cycle of novels, The Alexandria Quartet. Other critical essays discuss more literary themes in Durrell's work, including his use of myth and his parallels with other artists and thinkers, such as John Fowles, Constantine Cavafy, Gostan Zarian, George Seferis, Edward Lear, and Friedrich Nietzsche. The volume concludes with David Radavich's poems that were inspired by Durrell's Corfu. Anna Lillios is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida.

The Rough Guide to Corfu

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Author: Nick Edwards,John Gill

Publisher: Rough Guides

ISBN: 9781843530381

Category: Travel

Page: 325

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The Rough Guide to Corfu is a pocket-sized guide to this beautiful and popular Ionian Island to help you get the most out of your holiday, whether on a pre-arranged package or travelling independently. The guide gives critical coverage of the towns and attractions, from the major resorts to boat trips to lesser-known beaches and villages. There are comprehensive and up-to-the-minute recommendations of the best places to stay, eat and drink. The Contexts section gives lively coverage of Corfu's cultural and historical heritage, including the best books and films that have covered the region.

The Ionian Islands and Epirus

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Author: Jim Potts

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1908493461

Category: Travel

Page: 279

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Scattered off the west coast of mainland Greece are the seven Ionian Islands, celebrated for their spectacular landscapes, olive groves and classical associations. Together with the mountainous mainland region of Epirus, the combined populations of Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Kythira constitute less than a twentieth of the population of Greece, yet they have made a huge contribution to the culture of the country, before and since becoming part of the Greek state. The unsurpassed beauty of the islands and of the Pindus Mountains has stimulated the imagination of countless writers and artists from Homer to Byron, Edward Lear and the Durrells, Louis de Bernières and Nicholas Gage, as well as scores of nineteenth-century travellers. Drawing a mosaic portrait of the Ionian Islands and special places of interest in Epirus, Corfu resident Jim Potts focuses on the landscapes, legends, traditions and historical events that have appealed most strongly to the imaginations of writers, residents and travellers.

Wir erzählen uns Geschichten, um zu leben

Mit einem Nachwort von Antje Ravic Strubel

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Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843711305

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

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Joan Didion erzählt von den Leitfiguren des American Dream wie Howard Hughes, Joan Baez oder John Wayne, vom Glanz Hollywoods und der Einsamkeit von Alcatraz, von der Aufbruchsstimmung der sechziger Jahre und der Ernüchterung, die ihr folgte. Dabei gelingt es ihr, die amerikanische Wirklichkeit in unvergessliche Bilder zu fassen.

Fillets of Plaice

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Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 1567923542

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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