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Paul Bowles has taped and translated numerous strange legends and lively stories recounted by Mrabet: Aug 24, Joseph Schreiber rated it really liked it. When unencumbered, falcons spend their time surveying the land from the tall branches of mighty trees or soaring in the clouds, high over the desert cliffs, keeping dominion over their land. The nocturnal countryside was bathed in a bluish light, and silver sdekers trembled on the damp branches.

A isabelle of the time it is like watching a story through a window and that distance can be off-putting, but then she gets right up on it with lines like: Then the vagrant, who still loved her, understood that at dawn he would be leaving, and his heart grew heavy.

It could be the politics of the region, the occupation of the land by foreigners, or the poverty inflicted by the desert on all its inhabitants. If you’ve read “The Wilder Shores of Love,” you know Isabelle Eberhardt as an unforgettable character, larger than life by several magnitudes.

Excerpt: The Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle Eberhardt ยป Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: To us, it may seem as if Isabelle Eberhardt goes too far. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Born in Switzerland issabelle and dead by in Algeria, Eberhardt spent her childhood dressed as a boy and her short adulthood living a journalist’s life in Africa, full of luck and illness, passion and melancholy. Persian Letters Oxford World’s Classics. There she traveled through the Sahara and became one of the few white women ever to have been initiated into Sufism.

This was a collection of beautiful, gem-like short stories set in North Africa in the early tge. They enjoyed one last night together before a flash flood collapsed the mud hut they were staying in.

A Scarcity of Love Anna Kavan. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The seekers of oblivion sing and clap their hands lazily; their dream-voices ring out late into the night, in the dim light of the mica-paned lantern.

It may be that Eberhardt’s own story is even more compelling than her writings, but they are all born up by clear, quietly lyrical prose and her perpetual rejection of the patriarchal bonds of colonial power and family.

Start with the title, which is both appropriate and seekdrs. Which can only be obtained through self-purification. Read more Read less. I’d really give it 3 and a half, but I can spare half a star.


Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 12mm Her life was as fascinating as her work. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Paul Bowles’ translation here is exceptional and these stories with their often cruel desert settings and stoic sensibility bear more than a passing resemblance to his own work – while predating it by half a century.

An edition is also available from Peter Owen. Hats off to the ever remarkable Paul Bowels for his translations, a writer who knew genius when it came his way.

Hers was achieving and defining escape and freedom. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here They also contain incredibly vivid descriptions of landscapes. Or maybe, it makes value less important than ever. Set up a giveaway. He came to the true countryside Want to Read Currently Reading Read. You are commenting using your WordPress. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I imagined myself, drunk and chain smoking, in a isabeloe green hotel room in Paris.

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