Safar Nameh

Safar Nameh : Persian Pictures: A Book of Travel

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This book of 'Persian Pictures' is the first published work of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), the celebrated traveller, archaeologist, Orientalist and supporter of Arab independence. She first visited Persia in 1892, when a relative by marriage was British minister there, and published her impressions in a series of essays in 1894. Her subjects range from Roman ruins to Ottoman graves to shopping in the bazaars, and from the bustling life of cities to the isolation of the desert. Having studied the Persian language in preparation for her journey, she was able to enter into the life of the country, and especially of its women, more deeply than a casual visitor, and indeed her second publication was a free-verse translation of the fourteenth-century poet Hafiz. Bell captures a sense of delight at a mysterious land still marked by the traces of many of the great civilisations of the past.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139162330
  • 9781139162333

Table of contents

1. An eastern city; 2. The tower of silence; 3. In praise of gardens; 4. The king of merchants; 5. The Imam Hussein; 6. The shadow of death; 7. Dwellers in tents; 8. Three noble ladies; 9. The treasure of the king; 10. Sheikh Hassan; 11. A Persian host; 12. A stage and a half; 13. A bridle-path; 14. Two palaces; 15. The month of fasting; 16. Requiescant in pace; 17. The city of King Prusias; 18. Shops and shopkeepers; 19. A Murray of the first century; 20. Travelling companions.show more

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