Oxford English Dictionary defines 'ISLOMANIA' as: A passion or
craze for islands
word is used by Lawrence Durrell in his book 'Reflections on a
Marine Venus'. This work, first published in 1953, is Durrell's
account of two years spent on the island of Rhodes.
follows the opening pasage from his book:
among the note-books of Gideon I once found a list of diseases as
yet unclassified by medical science, and among these there occurred
the word Islomania, which was described as a rare but by no
means unknown affliction of spirit. There are people, Gideon used
to say, by way of explanation, who find islands somehow irresistible.
The mere knowledge that they are on an island, a little world surrounded
by the sea, fells them with an in-describable intoxication. These
born 'islomanes', he used to add, are the direct descendants of the
Atlanteans, and it is towards the lost Atlantis that their subconscious
yearns throughout their island life.