160 pages, paperback
Norman Douglas’ famed novel of Capri is loved and derided in equal measure for its plot or lack thereof. A hedonistic journey through the hedonistic lives of the island’s inhabitants, South Wind is a classic of gentle satire.
First published in 1917, Douglas’ roman à clef masterpiece has lost none of its freshness. As Jan Morris notes, “we leave it slightly drugged and mystified, yet somehow slightly more aware of things than when we started.”
This edition incorporates the author's final revised text.
Norman Douglas - Norman Douglas lived a long and scandalous life. Born in 1868, the son of a Scottish father and Austrian mother, he was a lifelong hedonist, and spent much of his time 'hopping it' across borders to avoid arrest. Douglas was at once the most irascible, intolerant and kindest of men. He was also a writer of near-genius. He died in 1952.
Jan Morris - Jan Morris is an acclaimed writer, whose many books (there are more than 30) include Venice, Oxford and much travel writing. Her latest novel, Hav, was published in 2006. She lives in Wales.