Baghdad Sketches

Freya Stark

Verlag: John Murray Publishers Ltd, 1939
ISBN 10: 0719513219 / ISBN 13: 9780719513213
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1939. 269 pages. No dust jacket. Grey cloth hardback with green lettering. Inscribed. Significant use marking, foxing and tanning present to pages. Text remains clear and legible throughout. Illustrated. Binding remains firm. Significant scuffing, edge wear and use marking present. Tanning and sunning to spine and board edges. Bumped corners. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: The Freya Stark Collection Freya Stark first journeyed to Iraq in 1927. Seven years after the establishment of the British Mandate, the modern state was in its infancy and worlds apart from the country it has since become. During her many years in Iraq, Freya Stark was witness to the rise and fall of the British involvement in the country as well as the early years of independence. Typically - and controversially - she chose to live outside the close-knit western expatriate scene and immersed herself in the way of life of ordinary Iraqis - living in the 'native' quarter of the city and spending time with its tribal sheikhs and leaders. Venturing out of Baghdad, she travelled to Mosul, Nineveh, Tikrit and Najaf, where she perceptively describes the millennia-old tensions between Sunni and Shi'a, time not having dissipated their hatred. In the 1940s she returned again, this time travelling south, to the Marsh Arabs, whose way of life has now all but disappeared; north into Kurdistan and later, Kuwait, in the days before the oil boom. Painting a portrait of both the political and social preoccupations of the day as exquisitely as she does the people and landscapes of Iraq, Baghdad Sketches is a remarkable portrait of the country as it once was. 'It's hard to think of a writer in the travel game who most closely demonstrates the merits of Flaubert's three rules for good writing: clarity, clarity and finally clarity. Re-reading her now, her restrained powers of description shine as brightly as they ever did, and they will continue to shine until the next Ice Age... Her books are more relevant than ever. Besides sheer enjoyment, one should read her for a fresh perspective on the intractable issues dogging Christian-Muslim relations. She was able to see both sides and what she found was similarity, not difference. The greatest woman traveller of the 20th century? I think so.' - Sara Wheeler, The Times; 'It was rare to leave her company without feeling that the world was somehow larger and more promising. Her life was something of a work of art... The books in which she recorded her journeys were seductively individual... Nomad and social lioness, public servant and private essayist, emotional victim and mythmaker.' - Colin Thubron, NY Times; 'Few writers have the capacity to do with words what Faberge could do with gems - to fashion them, without violating their quality. It is this extraordinary talent which sets Freya Stark apart from her fellow craftsman in the construction of books on travel.' - The Daily Telegraph; 'Freya Stark remains unexcelled as an interpreter of brief encounters in wild regions against the backdrop of history. '- The Observer

Rezension: 'It is... as the writer of beautiful, measured prose rather than as a traveller or as an exotic 'character' who wore Dior in the wilder reaches of Asia and Arabian dress in London, that Freya Stark will ultimately be remembered.' --The Independent

'One of the finest travel writers of our century.' --The New Yorker

'A Middle East traveler, an explorer and, above all, a writer, Freya Stark has, with an incomparably clear eye, looked toward the horizon of the past without ever losing sight of the present. Her books are route plans of a perceptive intelligence, traversing time and space with ease.' --Saudi Aramco World

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Titel: Baghdad Sketches
Verlag: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: 1939
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: Fair

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Buchbeschreibung I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd. Jan 2011, 2011. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 198x129x18 mm. Neuware - Freya Stark first journeyed to Iraq in 1927. Seven years after the establishment of the British Mandate, the modern state was in its infancy and worlds apart from the country it has since become. During her many years in Iraq, Stark was witness to the rise and fall of the British involvement in the country as well as the early years of independence. Typically--and controversially--she chose to live outside the close-knit western expatriate scene and immersed herself in the way of life of ordinary Iraqis--living in the 'native' quarter of the city and spending time with its tribal sheikhs and leaders. Venturing out of Baghdad, she traveled to Mosul, Nineveh, Tikrit and Najaf, where she perceptively describes the millennia-old tensions between Sunni and Shi'a. In the 1940s she returned again, this time traveling south, to the Marsh Arabs, whose way of life has now all but disappeared; north into Kurdistan and later, Kuwait, in the days before the oil boom. 224 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781848856554

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Buchbeschreibung Published by John Murray, London, 1946. , 158 pages with 23 black and white photographic plates, black and white maps and drawings Reprint , book is in good + condition , dustwrapper is rubbed at edges, bumped at top and lower edges with small tears, otherwise good condition , grey-green cloth with green lettering on spine , 12 mo Hardback ISBN: Artikel-Nr. 26538

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Buchbeschreibung John Murray, London, 1937. Contains b&w plates. 225X140 mm. XIV+269 pages. Gilt hardcover and spine. Cover scratched, dirty and age stained. Spine partly detached from binding. Spine edges worn. Binding visible between front inner cover and first white page. Rear inner cover and last white page stained. Pen inscription on rear inner cover. Pages yellowing. Else in good condition. The book is in : English. Artikel-Nr. D 237 112

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Buchbeschreibung John Murray, 1946. Hardback (No Dust Wrapper.). Grey cloth with green titling to spine, impression of authors signature to upper board. Illustrated frontispiece with further black and white photographs, maps and line drawings. 158pp. Size: 8vo Crown (7½" x 5") For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Good+. Boards a little rubbed at extremities, somewhat faded in places and generally visually challenged. Edges of text block dusty, lightly spotted and soiled. Text bright and clean although pp5-40 have minor damage, tear and/or hole, to leading edge. Artikel-Nr. 130889

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