I am really looking forward to catching the ferry to Gozo on Sunday, attending the Book Fair and participating in another book signing. Below is an excerpt from my short story entitled “Gozo.”
“Gozo is a beautiful place. The smaller of the two inhabited islands that make up the nation of Malta is about half the size of its sister island and not as flat. Its gently rolling topography and mainly rural character gives it an idyllic ambiance that has been recognised over the ages. The island also has several, pretty little bays and sections of stunning rocky coastline. It is believed that Gozo is the inspiration behind Homer’s isle of Ogygia in the Odyssey. It was in a cave on the isle of Ogygia that the nymph, Calypso, held Odysseus as her sexual companion for seven years. Like the main island, Gozo has a fascinating history including the stone remnants of an ancient megalithic society that is the oldest, free standing, human construction in the world. Older than the Pyramids or Stonehenge, the Ġgantija temples are a stone structure dedicated to a goddess of fertility constructed in the shape of a pregnant woman with a rather novel entrance. The temple is accessed through a passage representing the vagina.
The view from the ancient citadel on top of a hill near the centre of the island shows most of Gozo in all its stunning glory. In the Middle Ages, its inhabitants were required to return to this citadel each evening and spend the night there, to prevent being abducted by Muslim corsairs. These measures were necessarily implemented after 1551, when the Turkish fleet attacked Gozo, captured the entire population of about 5,000 Christians and sold them off into slavery.”
Excerpt From: Grech, Rupert. “Stories My Parents Told Me.” FARAXA, 2013-08-21T23:00:00+00:00. iBooks.
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