By Michael Jackson
All of us event qualms and anxieties after we movement from the recognized to the unknown. although our success in existence might rely on trying out limits, our faintheartedness is a reminder of our want for safeguard and our wisdom of the dangers of venturing into alien worlds.
Evoking the recent, dust-filled Harmattan winds that blow from the Sahara to the Gulf of Guinea, this booklet creatively explores what it capacity to be buffeted by means of the unexpected and the unknown. Celebrating the life-giving strength of individuals, locations, and powers that lie past our demonstrated worlds, Harmattan connects existential energy to the act of resisting prescribed customs and wondering bought notions of fact. on the book's middle is the fictitious tale of Tom Lannon, a graduate scholar from Cambridge college, who is still ambivalent approximately pursuing a standard existence. After touring to Sierra Leone within the aftermath of its devastating civil struggle, Tom meets a author who is helping him discover the chances of renewal. Illustrating the truth that convinced facets of human lifestyles are universal to each person despite tradition and historical past, Harmattan remakes the excellence among domestic and international and the connection among wisdom and existence.
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In the early years of the Turkish occupation, as perhaps also at a comparable 28 CHAPTER ONE stage of the Venetian period, prostitutes were sometimes women raped by the invaders or their officials and therefore unable to marry (Stavrinidis 1 9 8 6, I : 94-96 ) . While the Turkish authorities sometimes attempted to limit b oth the prostitution and concubinage of Christian women, as well as the infanticide that often ensued from unwanted pregnancies (Deto rakis 1 9 8 6 : 2 8 8-2 8 9 ) , their efforts were often cursory and u ltimately un s uccessful.
Rethemnos exemplifies the often stormy tension between a powerful model of a monumentalized "European" culture and the lov able imperfections of experienced social life with its more fragmented, p olyphonous pasts . The poems of Yoryis Kalomenopoulos ( 1 9 6 4 ) are de scriptive tableaux that revive the intimacy of Christian-Muslim interac tion in the marketpl ace, the harbor, and the coffee shops of Rethemnos before the enforced departure of the Muslims in the mid- 1 920s. They, THE TOWN OF THE TALE 25 too, portray the precarious balance between East and West, rusticity and cosmopolitanism, the rough Cretan camaraderie and the "patisserie-con fiserie" that was still a fond memory for one of my older and more con servative friends and that was the last trace left by the "international [peacekeeping] forces" that briefly occupied to Rethemnaki ( "little Re themnos " ) in 1 8 9 8 on the eve of Cretan independence ( Kalomenopoulos 1 964 : 1 26 ) .
It is a true agro-town. Most of its inhabitants hail from hinterland villages and represent immigration to the town within the past quarter of a century. While the same process has been going on for years, the yearning for urban comforts certainly fueled a considerable acceleration from about 1 9 60 on. Virtually all the Rethem niots who immigrated within two generations o f the present own land in their ancestral villages ; moreover, since a common pattern is for marriage between people from different villages to lead to residence in town, most such families have agricultural properties in at least two different places and continue to assume responsibility for their cultivation.