Mark Williams reads from an anthology of Greek short stories. Three sailors are shipwrecked and their cargo of cheeses lost. But perhaps the sea can return their goods...
Alexandros Papadiamandis (1851 - 1911) was born on the western Aegean island of Skiathos, where many of his short stories are set.
In these stories he explores the souls of ordinary men and women as they succumb to, or struggle against, the power of evil, and try to deal with life's ambiguities. Aware of the way in which the past breathes life into the present, Papadiamandis also delves into Greek mythology, as it survived through people's belief in supernatural wonders on both land and sea.
Mark Williams is well known as one of the stars of BBC TV's The Fast Show ("Suits you, sir..!!") and for the role of Ron Weasley's father in the Harry Potter films.
Translated by John Raffan
Abridged by Roy Apps
Producer: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.