Hesperides

Mallorca and the Balearic Islands from the Atlas of Janssonius

Odysseus Elytis: Ο Ήλιος ο Ηλιάτορας
(The Sovereign Sun). Music by Dimitris Lagios, sung by Giorgos Dalaras (1982). First piece: The Song of the Sun


Εσείς στεριές και θάλασσες
τ' αμπέλια κι οι χρυσές ελιές

ακούτε τα χαμπέρια μου
μέσα στα μεσημέρια μου

«Σ' όλους τους τόπους κι αν γυρνώ
μόνον ετούτον αγαπώ!»

Από τη μέση του εγκρεμού
στη μέση του αλλού πελάγου

«Σ' όλους τους τόπους κι αν γυρνώ
μόνον ετούτον αγαπώ!»

Με τα μικρά χαμίνια του
καβάλα στα δελφίνια του

με τις κοπέλες τις γυμνές
που καίγονται στις αμμουδιές

«Σ' όλους τους τόπους κι αν γυρνώ
μόνον ετούτον αγαπώ!»


You rocks and seas
vines and golden olives

hear my word
as I follow my course:

I turn above all places
but I love this only one!


At the middle of the universe
among all the islands of the sea

I turn above all places
but I love this only one!


With its little rascals
riding on dolphins

with its nude girls
laying on the seashore:

I turn above all places
but I love this only one!
Palma
The City
Palma anno
Columns of the mosque
The Arabitch Bath
The Jewish quarter
The “clock of the Jews” on the facade of the town hall (es)
Patios of Palma
Electri city
Doors of La Calatrava
Library of La Real
Rodin in Mallorca
The dragon of Mrs. Coc
Hidden dragons
Double-tailed plot
Biblioteca de Babel:
The house of my friend

Wang Wei looks out
of his studio

Snowfall in Palma
Restaurant Las Olas
The Basque restaurant Bodega Santurce
Bull’s tail
El Molinar neighborhood
Milenium bicycle shop
Amor en Palma
St. Anthony’s animals
On St. Sebastian’s feast
Erasmus and St. Christopher
Yin-yang of St. Nicholas
Roman and Chinese flowers in Mallorca
Palma International
Holy Week in Palma
Compression
Palma’s concrete coasts
Guts
Martian chronicles
Typo
History
After the feast
Night
Adiós

The Islands
Cabras, dragones, liebres
Sailing to Cabrera
Cabrera: the way to the peak
Serra de ses Figueres
The Western Mountains
Golden apples
More golden apples
Pebbles of Port d’es Canonge
The Governor’s Turn
The Postman’s Path
Deià
The Ermita de la Trinitat
The cats of the Tower
of the Souls

Lighthouses
Spring in San Telmo
Escorca
Sacred mountain

Chapel of Sant Llorenç

The Eastern Hills
and the Plains

Arab wine from Butibalausí
Fires of St. Anthony
The Albufera
Choking ants’ nests
Pollença
Some more Pollença
Sineu, Chinese colony
Sineu, Beijing time
Giants in Santanyí
Algaida, dance on the
feast of St. James’

Llucmajor, roof tiles
Hermit cats
Seashore of Ses Covetes

the rest
The first olive oil from Mallorca
Nokia box and Cola Cao
Absurd poetry of the Balearic Government
“Balearic languages”
The beginnings of book printing in Mallorca
Goose Game 1652
Playing with bones
Memory of James the Conqueror
Rolevinck’ Fasciculus temporum
The demon of speed
Sea for sale. Llonovoy
Portuguese dance
Happiness
Agua


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