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This is an auction for THE CRETAN RUNNER by George Psychoundakis.

This is a Folio Society book, in its original slip case.

Translated and Introduced by Patrick Leigh Fermor. reviews:

"THE CRETAN RUNNER provides an enthralling account of the Resistance in Crete, from the German invasion to the liberation by one of its most active Cretan participants. The author was one of a group of Cretans who tried to keep morale high and also act as intermediaries between the different groups of British on the island despite enormous dangers to their lives (three of the other early starters were captured and shot, two of them after long imprisonment and appalling torture). George Psychoundakis, a young goatherd of the time, was one of these 'runners'."

"FIVE STARS!! I found this to be one of the most intriguing books that emerged from the Cretan resistance. It is written by someone who is relatively uneducated, but who appears to have a fine literary sensibility. It is not the usual boring "big picture" presented by the generals. Even his post-war troubles are presented wryly, and without complaint. Reading this book will make you brave--what more can one ask?"

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George Psychoundakis was born in November 1920 to a poor family in the village of Asi Gonia. He was educated for only two or three years in the village school before becoming a goatherd though he continued to read and write voraciously. This book was written in a little cave by the light of an oil-dip. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1945.

Folio Society hardback 2009.

221 pages.

Near new condition.

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