"South Wind" was written by Norman Douglas. This Heritage Press edition was illustrated by Carlotta Petrina. Published in 1939 "South Wind" depicts a group of eccentric and even scandalous characters wiling away their time in a sunny Mediterranean resort. The novel takes place on Nepenthe, Douglas's thinly veiled version of Capri, an island retreat for pleasure-seekers since Roman times. In classical mythology, “nepenthe” was a medicine that caused one to forget melancholy and suffering; Douglas' comical duchesses, American millionaires, and expatriate freethinkers forget not only suffering, but conventional morality and even ordinary discretion. In the series of witty conversations that make up much of the novel, the characters analyze (and mock) religion, science, morality, progress, and the legacies of classical civilization. The novel spoke to the young, rebellious, and cynical generation that was scarred by the experience of World War I, and influenced younger English writers such as Aldous Huxley and Graham Greene.
The sepia illustration by Ms. Petrina are highly stylized and exceptionally drawn. They are scattered throughout the chapter.
This vintage book is in its original slipcase and is in very good + condition. The slipcase and spine are faded from shelf life. The book has blue cloth covers with an orange embossed title. The interior of the book is pristine with no creases or marks and appears to have never been read.
A great classic book to give as a gift or add to your library.