RKS Literature: Madame Hortense’s Mini Cretan Hotel (Zorba the Greek)

“Madame Hortense’s miniature hotel consisted of a row of age-old bathing cabins glued together one behind the other. The first cabin was a store; it sold candy, cigarettes, Arabian peanuts, lamp wicks, kindergarten alphabet books and frankincense. Four other cabins in succession were the sleeping quarters. Behind them, in the courtyard, were the kitchen, laundry, hen coop and rabbit hutches. Reeds and prickly pear cacti were thickly planted in the fine sand all around the perimeter. The entire complex smelled of the sea, animal droppings, and pungent urine. Only occasionally, when Madame Hortense passed by, did the air change its odor, as if a barbershop’s slop bucket had been emptied in front of you.”

Nikos Kazantzakis, “Zorba the Greek”, 1952

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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