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Ferenc Máté

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Ferenc Máté has made a career of out documenting his own quests—whether it’s restoring a Tuscan ruin, building a vineyard from scratch, or sailing the seven seas.

Born in Transylvania, he escaped at age eleven when the Hungarian revolution was crushed by Soviet tanks. He grew up in Vancouver and has lived in California, Paris, Rome, the Bahamas and New York. He has worked on a railroad extra-gang and as a boat-builder, photographer, deckhand and book editor. He is the author of 16 books translated into 12 languages. His international best seller A Vineyard in Tuscany, was a New York Times Notable Book and short listed for Spain’s Camino del Cid literary award. His Dugger/Nello historical novel series have made him “the leading nautical writ

Lose yourself in these enchanting islands:

Just wanted to announce the publication of my new book Islands of Eden: St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which will be out November 14, 2014 (but you can pre-order it now: http://bit.ly/islandsedennorton or http://bit.ly/islandsedenAMZ or http://bit.ly/islandsedenBN or from your favorite bookseller). It features breathtaking shots of these eastern Caribbean islands, from white sand beaches, to Read more of this blog post »
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“We seldom consider how much of our lives we must render in return for some object we barely want, seldom need, buy only because it was put before us...And this is understandable given the workings of our system where without a job we perish, where if we don't want a job and are happy to get by we are labeled irresponsible, non-contributing leeches on society. But if we hire a fleet of bulldozers, tear up half the countryside and build some monstrous factory, casino or mall, we are called entrepreneurs, job-creators, stalwarts of the community. Maybe we should all be shut away on some planet for the insane. Then again, maybe that is where we are.”
Ferenc Mate, A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure, More Humane Existence

“We walk into the olive grove and sit in the dry grass on the bluff. The monastery and the whole world lie before us. Purples, yellows, pinks and blues but all washed, hazy, indefinite, dreamy. The world was dissolving, vanishing. And if you half-closed your eyes, you could see yourself from afar, dissolving in the haze. You could see yourself turning into light.”
Ferenc Máté, The Hills of Tuscany
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“- I have the impression that we are the last people on Earth.
- It wouldn't be so bad. We would have all the wine of the world to ourselves.”
Ferenc Máté, A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream

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