Half the Perfect World

Half the Perfect World

Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra: 1955-1964

by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2018

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Half the Perfect World tells the story of the post-war international artist community that formed on the Greek island of Hydra.

Most famously, it included renowned singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his partner Marianne Ihlen, as well as many other artists and writers including the Australian literary couple, Charmian Clift and George Johnston, who fostered this fabled colony.

Drawing on many previously unseen letters, manuscripts and diaries, and richly illustrated by the eyewitness photographs of LIFE magazine photo-journalist James Burke, Half the Perfect World reveals the private lives and relationships of the Hydra expatriates.

It charts the promise of a creative life that drew many of them to the island, and documents the fracturing of the community as it came under pressure from personal ambitions and wider social changes. For all the unrealised youthful ambitions, internal strife and personal tragedy that attends this story, the authors nonetheless find that the example of these writers, dreamers and drifters continues to resonate and inspire.

Their years in the Aegean may have been half perfect at best, but it was on Hydra that they connected to a place, a lifestyle and a community that allowed them to live and express themselves intensely, and as they wished. They refused to believe their dreams were an illusion, or that boldness, ambition and a leap-of-faith might not allow them to reach beyond the constraints of their birthright.

ISBN:
9781925523096
9781925523096
Category:
Biography: general
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-10-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Monash University Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Weight:
0.37kg

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