Voices of the Old Sea




After World War II, Norman Lewis returned to Spain and settled in the remote fishing village of Farol, on what is now Costa Brava. Voices of the Old Sea describes his three successive summers in that almost medieval community where life revolved around the seasonal sardine catches, Alcade’s bar, and satisfying feuds with neighboring villages. It’s lucky Lewis was there when he was. Soon after, Spain was discovered by its neighbors in a more prosperous northern Europe, and the tourist tide that ensued flowed inexorably over the old ways of the town and its inhabitants.

“His account of Farol on the Costa Brava is a quirky masterpiece. Lewis explains, “I looked for the familiar in England but found change… The Spain I returned to was still invested with its ancient virtues and ancient defects.”” The Independent


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