The place where the story from the book on literature takes place has always proven to be crucial to the success of the book. A perfect landscape that gives readers the opportunity to mentally stroll to places many dream of traveling to the Greek islands. Through literature, the reader will discover unknown places of unique beauty, be initiated into their understanding, explore the meaning of the figure and the shape of the landscape, and travel through the ages through the ages. This category of literature sees the Mediterranean as a common meeting point of the world's great authors from ancient times to the present.
The first novel – and one of the most significant novels in the world – that takes place in the midst of the Aegean Sea and uncovers the thoughts and myths of ancient Greece is, of course, the epic Homeric odyssey of the Odyssey (circa 700 BC). The hero of Odysseus travels by boat accompanied by his soldiers from the coast of Asia Minor to his hometown, Ithaca. During this journey, he faces countless difficulties and hostile mythical creatures and becomes a symbol of a man struggling to return home, the place where his family lives. It is an interesting and attractive text with a rich plot, language and depth of ideas and characters and the meaning of life in ancient Greece. Most impressive of all are the islands the reader encounters following Odysseus – Greek islands where everything is possible, islands that provide the hero and the reader with the wisdom of an adventurous journey.
More recently, Greek poetry by great poets such as George Seferis and Odysseus Elitis (both winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature) celebrated the Aegean Sea and emphasized the power of the Aegean light and the sea, elements that connect the spirit of Homer to the Greek landscape. These elements have been translated into global ideas such as justice, love and humanity in their poetry. They both talk about Greek history and natural beauty, to represent Greek culture in a magical, poetic myth.
The Aegean Sea was the inspiration and central theme of a very famous novelist, Jules Verne. He wrote the novel The Archipelago in Fire, a book that takes place in Greece and deals with the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.
The second book on the Greek islands is A Wine-Dark Sea Voyage: Why the Greeks Have Significance by Thomas Cahill. It is an attempt to explore the "joints of history," as the writer claims. The story takes the reader three millennia back and introduces him to the art and wars of glorious civilization in the cities of Athens, Sparta and, of course, the Greek islands.
Nikos Kazantzakis describes the spirit of Greek life in his novel Zorba Greeks, which mainly takes place in the Greek islands; a spirit defined by love, wine drinking, dancing and freedom in harmony with the country's landscape.
Santra Vretta wrote the book The Aegean Sea, a very interesting book about the diversity of attractions and history of the Aegean islands, for example, volcanic eruptions in Santorini and architectures and sculptures in different historical periods, all combined with rich illustrations and a useful guide to the Greek Islands.
The Lost Island was written by M. Karagatsis in 1943. The plot revolves around a shipwreck near a Greek island where the landscape changes and becomes a symbol of mystery and self-isolation, while remaining an attractive place that invites us to discover.
Navigating the Greek islands is the main theme of two Greek novels, Anemolia I. Zgouros and Floating Islands by J. Miggas. Both novels are about a group of people navigating the Greek islands and simultaneously traveling to the past, to the past, through past memories and fantasies, while seeking the essence of life and friendship.
We could mention many more books on the Mediterranean Sea, but a common feature would, no doubt, be the deep blue sea, its mystery, and its call to discovery and life – even briefly – in this landscape.