Robert Graves ‘Perfect Tranquillity’ in Deià, Majorca

Robert Graves moved to Deià in 1929, fleeing the psychological turmoil that had plagued him after he was badly injured at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. It was a horror that he evoked with terrifying immediacy in perhaps his greatest work, the memoir “Good-bye to All That,” published the same year he took up the expatriate life.

For the next 56 years, except for a forced decade-long interlude in England during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, Graves made this mountain hamlet his home. He built a house called Canallún (Catalan for the faraway home), took bracing morning walks through the hills and down to the sea, read his airmailed Times of London at a local cafe, fraternized with farmers and shopkeepers, and wrote prolifically.