A new window into the hidden treasures of Sardinia, one of the most enigmatic places in Italy
"At last, a grand companion to the mysterious and enchanting island of Sardinia. Known to most travelers for its beaches, Sardinia's complex archeological heritage extends back to Neolithic times. Written with verve and love, In Sardinia is the book I'll be taking on future trips." Frances Mayes, New York Times bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun.
“Sardinia is something else. Enchanting spaces and distances to travel,” D. H. Lawrence wrote in 1921.
Award-winning historian Jeff Biggers opens a new window into the hidden treasures of Sardinia in a groundbreaking travel narrative that crisscrosses one of the most enigmatic places in Italy.
After three decades of living and traveling in Italy, Jeff Biggers finally crossed over to Sardinia, uncovering a treasury of stories amid major archaeological discoveries rewriting the history of the Mediterranean.
Based in the bewitching port of Alghero, guided through the island’s rich and largely untranslated literature, he embarked on a rare journey around the island to experience its famed cuisine, wine, traditional rituals and thriving cultural movements.
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About the author Jeff Biggers
Jeff Biggers is an award-winning historian, journalist and playwright. Author of ten books, his work has appeared on National Public Radio and Public Radio International, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, Salon, The Nation, Al Jazeera, Brick Magazine (Toronto) and Il Giornale (Italy). As a playwright and performer of monologues, he appears at theatres, festivals, conferences and schools. Based in Iowa and Italy, Biggers has worked as a writer, performer and educator across the United States, Europe, India, and Mexico.
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Some of what you can look forward to in In Sardinia
The Sardinian people
Grazia Deledda, a Sardinian original: Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926--the first Italian woman. "Inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general."--Nobel Committee
Sardinia is famous for its cheese, especially sheep cheese. The list of delicious Sardinian cheese is long: Biancospino, Bonassai, Brotzu, Caciotta Sarda, Cagliu, Calcagno, Casu Conzeddu, Casu Friscu, Casu spiattatu, Frue, Fiore Sardo, Gioddu, Ircano, Pischedda, Pecorino Sardo, Ricotta salata, Semicotto Caprino - to name just a few.
Sardinian culurgiones - potatoes and mint inside delicate homemade pasta.
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Mosaics in the port of Nora: Given the antiquity of Sardinia, the Phoenician city of Nora--dating back to the 8th century BC, and eventually conquered by the Romans--is relatively recent history.
The natural beauty of Sardinia
The Concali su Terràinu in the cove of #Masua—also known as Pan di Zucchero (Sugarloaf)—is a limestone rock island that hovers in the sea like a glistening monument.
Sardinia also has spectacular mountains like the Road to Gennargentu. It's a dream island for hikers.
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