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A Winter in Arabia

Stark, Freya

Verlag: Overlook Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0879512784 / ISBN 13: 9780879512781
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Titel: A Winter in Arabia

Verlag: Overlook Books

Erscheinungsdatum: 1987

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Inhaltsangabe: One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine. A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first-rate geographer, historian, and archaeologist. There, in the land whose "nakedness is clothed in shreds of departed splendor," she and two companions spent a winter in search of an ancient South Arabian city.

Offering rare glimpses of life behind the veil-the subtleties of business and social conduct, the elaborate beauty rituals of the women, and the bitter animosities between rival tribes, Freya Stark conveys the "perpetual charm of Arabia ... that the traveler finds his own level there simply as a human being."

Inhaltsangabe: In this follow-up to THE SOUTHERN GATES OF ARABIA, Freya Stark chronicles a winter spent in the heart of the Hadhramaut Desert excavating what may have been one of the ancient cities of South Arabia.

While traces of an earlier civilization were being uncovered Stark recorded the day-to-day life of an Arab town rarely visited by outsiders. Through the expressiveness of her prose she brings to life the figures of the villagers with whom she lived.

"I do not see how her books can avoid their obvious destiny, inclusion in the aristocracy of letters." (The Evening Star, London)

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