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Most visitors to Greece do not leave the sea and the lowland plains, viewing the mountains as distant background. But most of the country is mountainous and half the population have connections with mountain villages. This beautifully written book presents this other world, giving a fascinating view of modern Greece seen through the mountain experience.
The Unwritten Places is an account of the life and times of the people of the Pindos mountains in northern Greece, as the author experienced them during ten years of wandering the ancient mule paths and summer pastures. It tells in particular of his friendship with a family of Vlach shepherds from the mountains close to Albania. The title is a translation of Ta Agrafa (Τα Άγραφα), the name of what is still the most inaccessible and least developed part of the country.
Brought up in England and educated in the classics at Oxford University, Tim Salmon first visited Greece as a schoolboy and has been involved in the country ever since, including marriage to a Greek. In the 1970s, while teaching in Athens, he began to explore the mountainous regions of central and northern Greece. He is the author of The mountains of Greece: A Walker's Guide (Cicerone Press, revised edition 2006) and, with Kate Baillie, of The Rough Guide to France and The Rough Guide to Paris. He is the father of one son and one daughter.
319 pages, with maps, glossary, and index, paperback.