The Colossus of Maroussi

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In 1939 Miller left Paris and headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside, recording their travels and discoveries. A flock of sheep nearly tramples the two as they lie naked on a beach, the Greek poet Katsmbalis stirs every rooster within earshot of the Acropolis, cold hard-boiled eggs are warmed in a village's single stove, and they stay in hotels that "have seen better days, but which have an aroma of the past". A classic in travel literature, The Colossus of Maroussi is the book Miller would later cite as his favourite.