The Making of Malta.
This is not a history book, but a portrait sketch of an archipelago and its people. In the same way a portrait of a human figure is built on an intimate knowledge of its anatomical structure, this portrait traces some of the underlying and enduring elements that have shaped the life and culture of the islanders. Avoiding a chronological treatment, it explores the interplay between maritime setting, geological composition, hydrology and subsistence that has set the stage for human endeavour as it unfolded across the past 7,000 years exploitation of the islands. The ways of life that resulted were no less shaped by the colliding currents of food, faith, war and celebration. Written for an audience that need not be familiar with Malta, the text is eloquently complemented by Daniel Cilia’s renowned photographs, many of which were taken expressly for this book.
By: Reuben Grima & Daniel Cilia
No of pages: 352