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Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea
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Gertrude Bell
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Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea

Gertrude Bell


9781788319751

I B TAURIS


Memoirs;
Middle Eastern history;
Travel & holiday;
Classic travel writing


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208 pages

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Are we the same, I wonder, when all our surroundings, association, acquaintances are changed? I conclude that it is not the person who danced with you at Mansfield St who writes to you today from Persia. Yet there are dregs, English sediment at the bottom of my sherbet, and perhaps they flavour it more than I think. I write to you of Persia: I am not me, that is my only excuse. I am merely pouring out for you some of what I have received in the last two months. When Gertrude Bell's uncle was appointed Minister in Tehran in 1891, she declared that the great ambition of her life was to visit Persia. Several months later, she did. And so began a lifetime of travel and a lifelong enchantment with what she saw as the romance of the East, which evolved into a deep understanding of its cultures and people. This vivid and impressionistic series of sketches, her first foray into writing, is an evocative meditation that moves between Persia's heroic past and its long decline; the public face of Tehran and the otherworldly 'secret, mysterious life of the East', the lives of its women, its lush, enclosed gardens; from the bustling cities to the lonely wastelands of Khorasan.

By:   Gertrude Bell
Imprint:   I B TAURIS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   180g
ISBN:   9781788319751
ISBN 10:   1788319753
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Preface An Eastern City The Tower of Silence In Praise of Gardens The King of Merchants The Imam Hussein The Shadow of Death Dwellers in Tents Three Noble Ladies The Treasure of the King Sheikh Hassan A Persian Host A Stage and a Half A Bridle- Path Two Palaces The Month of Fasting Requiescant in Pace The City of King Prusias Shops and Shopkeepers A Murray of the First Century Travelling Companions

Gertrude Bell, CBE (1868 - 1926) was a writer, traveller, political officer, archaeologist and spy who travelled extensively throughout Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Arabia. Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan and Iraq. She played a major role in the birth of the modern state of Iraq, using the perspective gained from her travels and relations with tribal leaders in the Middle East. In British diplomatic group photographs of the early 20th-century Middle East, amid the plumes and uniforms and the calm paraphernalia of an empire going to hell in a bucket, there is often a solitary female. The woman is slim, with a head of luxuriant hair, and neatly dressed in billowing muslins or in the pencil silhouette and cloche hats of jazz-age Baghdad. The woman is Gertrude Bell. James Buchan, Guardian.

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