Lovely likening of the heat-haze quivering of a desert to the rippling pattern-dappled back of a leopard.

‘To the south, the quivering desert of Idemea shifted like the back of a leopard.’

See also his leonine metaphor for the merciless Biblical sun.


Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 13

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