One of the features that vibrates through Leigh Fermor’s writing on the Mani is the blinding light and heat, compounded by heat-radiating rocks and drought-parched earth.

‘But the sloping cobbled lanes were full of gregarious life as if the Maniots had herded there in flight from the cactus-haunted emptiness outside.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 54

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