The eco-anarchist on Greek Hydra: To be able to step out of our western everyday life

Don Lowe
Don Lowe

What's the Greek island? Hydra, who attracted personalities like Leonard Cohen, Axel Jensen and Marianne Ihlen? MODERN TIMES went there and met the British resident who has lived there the longest, Don Lowe. He came here as a 27-year-old and stayed. Cohen and Ihlen's longtime friend is now over 80 – - and has written around a hundred books on a manual typewriter. Don – actually "Donald" – is different from most, and the exact opposite of a certain namesake.

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Recently, life on Hydra was recounted in Nick Broomfield's documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (see NRK and nytid.no) about the time in the 1960s and 70s – with a look back from today. And Hydra is also relevant in this year's bestseller A Theater For Dreamers by Polly Samson (see page 55).

I Axel (2019) av Torgrim Eggen It is said that the Hollywood film Beauty on Hydra (Boy on a Dolphin, 1957) – Sophia Loren's international film debut on this beautiful Greek island, inspired many to travel here. The egg describes the Hydra period from 1957 to 1962, then Axel jensen og Marianne Ihlen went here – after Jensen's book Ikaros (1957) gave enough. . .

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