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Offline Trisa

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2012, 06:54:56 PM »
Bob bought me a book for Christmas which I have coveted for ages called, 'An Artist in Corfu.' The journal was originally written in 1923 by an artist who stayed at at her friend's house in Gastouri. It's absolutely fascinating.

Would that be the book you mean?

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2012, 07:27:03 PM »
think it must be, but I thought this was pre-war- maybe she paid an earlier visit which is the online journal?  Wish I could remember her name but the house she stayed in was the lovely Doxiadis house, still owned by that family

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2012, 07:32:43 PM »
just Googled it, and yes, first published 1911- artist's name Sophie Atkinson.  A fascinating book

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2012, 07:39:05 PM »
The author of An Artist in Corfu, Sophie Atkinson, stayed in the Dousmani house quite near the Achilleion in Gastouri. Do you know of it? Is the house still there?

I've just looked at the book again and the original was published sometime before 1923 but they are not sure when exactly.

(Ooops! Just seen your last post!)

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2012, 08:08:39 PM »
yes the house is still there, and very beautiful indeed.   

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2012, 12:29:21 AM »
Ladies of Corfu, you know who you are - Nafsica, Trisha and Stevie B? have I remembered aright?

Fascinating info about old books on old Corfu, Im going to look up the journal next.  Iwonder if Nafsica, who seems to have much info at her fingertips, would keep this thread going for a while, it is very informative and interesting.

As I look out of my window, at deep snow and falling flakes, i imagine the island in summer sun. OOOh, I feel a painting coming on.

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2012, 12:32:52 PM »
I too have this book, An Artist in Corfu and highly recommend it. It used to be over 100 and very rare but now fortunately it has been re-printed and can be picked up for about 10 on Amazon. It was definately originally written pre-WWI. It is a great read and you can still picture some of the places mentioned today.

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2012, 10:27:18 AM »
Had a look at my copy last night, the foreward is dated April 1911.

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2012, 11:10:50 AM »
yes - the first edition was published in 1911 according to Abe Books - who have some available - between 60 and 150 pounds!

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2012, 11:23:49 AM »
I have the reprint of An Artist in Corfu. The only thing that spoils this book slightly for me is the cover.

This is a beautifully descriptive book about the really green island of Corfu and the cover photo looks like it was taken in the Sahara Desert! All sand dunes and not an olive tree (or any tree!) in sight!

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2012, 01:47:56 PM »
First of all, thanks for the info re Sophie Atkinson's book, 'An Artist in Corfu' - I was so pleased to see that it is available as a reprint for 10 pds on Amazon - Done and dusted - ordered.
Now - Stevie suggests a separate forum on Corfu History - I am all for that, who should get that organised? Trisa? Stevie?
Lastly - delighted to see new forum The Reading Room - that will keep me happy!

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2012, 02:50:17 PM »
First of all, thanks for the info re Sophie Atkinson's book, 'An Artist in Corfu' - I was so pleased to see that it is available as a reprint for 10 pds on Amazon - Done and dusted - ordered.
Now - Stevie suggests a separate forum on Corfu History - I am all for that, who should get that organised? Trisa? Stevie?
Lastly - delighted to see new forum The Reading Room - that will keep me happy!

Nafiska, I also would like a forum on Corfu History. My interest slants more towards the period after WW11 i.e. the Civil War and life under the Colonels. Also early tourism reaching the island.

I have spoken to Bob and he is going to add a Corfu History forum. It may not appear immediately but it will appear!

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2012, 12:41:59 PM »
Trisa (and anyone else who is interested) -
I have a little book (in Greek) written by a Corfiot gentleman called Carolos Klimis - he has written a number of books on Corfu history and customs etc. This particular little book is about his experiences as a child in Corfu during WWII. I have often thought about translating it as I feel it would be of great interest to people today, especially foreign residents.
I might do a blog on it...
As a metter of interest, I was living in Corfu on the day the junta took over the government of Greece - a surreal experience. That will also probably find its way into a blog.
Lots more info and memories stored in this old brain of mine - I'd love to write a book (as my friends and family keep telling me) but I am afraid of not finding anyone to publish it. Any ideas?

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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2012, 01:07:49 PM »
Trisa (and anyone else who is interested) -
I have a little book (in Greek) written by a Corfiot gentleman called Carolos Klimis - he has written a number of books on Corfu history and customs etc. This particular little book is about his experiences as a child in Corfu during WWII. I have often thought about translating it as I feel it would be of great interest to people today, especially foreign residents.
I might do a blog on it...
As a metter of interest, I was living in Corfu on the day the junta took over the government of Greece - a surreal experience. That will also probably find its way into a blog.
Lots more info and memories stored in this old brain of mine - I'd love to write a book (as my friends and family keep telling me) but I am afraid of not finding anyone to publish it. Any ideas?

Nafsika,

I would love to read that little book. You must translate it please! We would be so interested in hearing how these events affected the local community.

I'm sure someone would publish your stories. They are so well written. If not, maybe you could self-publish.

Trisa


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Re: Corfu History
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2012, 02:47:33 PM »
Agree, the artist's book was fascinating and isn't there  also a journal kept by a British solider based on Corfu during the British rule of the island?   Is his name Sergeant Wheeler?   Also, Jan, did you tell me about a nurse who worked in the field hospital at San Stefano who also kept a journal?   The sight of snow in Corfu has slightly unnerved me - so maybe I am imagining things!!

 

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