"Travel frequently introduces you to those peculiar individuals who make a life of wandering over the face of the earth, well-educated odd balls, eccentrics full of fabulous tales with which they bend your ear. You welcome them, drink with them, laugh with them, then say good bye to them. For all I knew when we parted, Montgomery was one of them."
Steven Spire, Shades Of Persephone
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI'S
PERSEPHONE IN HER LATIN GUISE
In Steven Spire's digs at the Pension Ariadne in the Old Port of Chania hangs a print of Rossetti's famous Pre-Raphaelite painting of the mythological goddess of the underworld. It is a source of inspiration for Spire in his pursuit of truth and also a symbol of the difficulty he experiences in uncovering the goddess'contemporary identity. In her intimation of dark things to come, she reveals absolutely nothing.