|A vintage postcard of Paleocastrizza on the northwest coast of Corfu.|
A boat sails through the centre of Durrell's drawing. It is more than a device for filling in the view and a way of suggesting the sea, the open waters of the Ionian, between the headlands. When Durrell lived in Corfu in the late 1930s he would sail to Paleocastrizza from his home at Kalami on the east coast of the island. The sailing boat is a memory of that pre-war idyll. Durrell also had the notion that Paleocastrizza was the very spot where Odysseus, shipwrecked, washed ashore and naked, encountered and impressed the beautiful Nausicaa, nor was Durrell slow to identify himself with Odysseus.
|Lawrence Durrell's 1965 sketch of Paleocastrizza.|