The islands are sometimes granted “human, all too human” features;
they are just like ourselves: peaceful, unknown, barren, mysterious,
not particularly hospitable or welcoming, deserted, volcanic, damned
and sometimes also – we do not mind repeating – happy. Some
of them are overloaded with an onerous bundle of the past, which jeopardises
their balance. Those which do not manage to be listed in the protocol
of the coast remain forever orphans, solitary or dissident. The reefs
which surround their accesses have inspired exciting or terrifying tales,
preserved by superstition or faith.
Most islands, big and small, look forward to that event which, in all
other respects, has already happened on a number of occasions. On the
docks people lie in wait for the arrival of a ship: a mock show, a suspicion
of adventure. Islands.
El Mediterráneo y Europa Pedrag Matvejevic.