Twelve Days in Persia

Twelve Days in Persia : Across the Mountains with the Bakhtiari Tribe

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A year after Vita Sackville-West first travelled to Iran - a journey described in the classic "Passenger to Teheran" - she returned to the land that had so captured her imagination. For twelve days, with her husband and three friends, she embarked on a difficult and often dangerous journey through the rugged and wildly-beautiful Bakhtiari Mountains of south-western Iran. It was a landscape that affected Sackville-West profoundly, inspiring what is arguably some of her most lyrical prose; in the same year she wrote her acclaimed poem, "The Land".Interwoven with her magical descriptions of the landscape, she also wrote of her encounters with the Bakhtiari tribe as they embarked on their epic annual migration. The way of life of the Bakhtiari, a people claiming descent from Fereydun, hero of the Shahnameh, has now all but disappeared, the result of persecution by Reza Shah and the encroachments and temptations of modernity. Sackville-West's descriptions of their everyday life are thus a valuable and illuminating portrayal a vanished world.
A book that reveals as much about its author as the country through which she travelled, "Twelve Days in Persia" is a classic of travel writing on Iran and a must-have for all Bloomsbury devotees.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 199.58g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 black and white plates
  • 1845119339
  • 9781845119331
  • 411,965

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PRAISE FOR PASSENGER TO TEHERAN 'Passenger to Teheran is utterly different from a returned traveller's lecture - It gives pleasure because it describes pleasure, illuminated by what Winifred Holtby called 'the lucid tranquility of her lovely prose.' She could describe a scene, a person, an emotion with enviable spontaneity, plunging her hands into the treasury of the English language as greedily as into the jewel-chests of the Shah. It is a glittering book.' - Nigel Nicolson, in his introduction to Passenger to Teheran; 'It's awfully good - I didn't know the extent of your subtleties. The whole book is full of nooks and crannies, the very intimate things one says in print.' - Virginia Woolf, in a letter to Vita Sackville-West; '.. . we are told what Miss Sackville-West saw in Persia, but always with such an artistic touch, such an individual style, that it is the traveller who mostly holds our attention.' - Daily Telegraph; 'She pursues the good, the true and the beautiful with relentless tenacity and a charming style.' - New York Times; 'A glittering jewel of a book.' - Publishers Weekly; 'Brilliant style... a lyrical period piece which contains passages of unquestionable beauty.' - Library Journal
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About Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West, the celebrated writer and prominent member of the Bloomsbury set, was a prolific poet and author. Her most famous works include 'The Edwardians', 'All Passion Spent', 'Passenger to Teheran' and the classic poem 'The Land', which won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927. With her husband she created the magnificent and hugely influential gardens at their home, Sissinghurst Castle. In 1946 she was made a Companion of Honour for her services to literature. She died in 1962.
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