Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea

Autor Gertrude Bell
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 18 apr 2019
Gertrude Bell's fascinating account of a lifetime of travel and a lifelong enchantment of Persia.'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.
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ISBN-13: 9781788319751
ISBN-10: 1788319753
Pagini: 208
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.18 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Tauris Parke
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

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. She shunned convention by eschewing marriage and family for an academic career and the extensive travelling that would lead to her major role in Middle Eastern diplomacy.But her private life was marred by the tragedy, vulnerability and frustration that were key to her quest both for a British-dominated Middle East and relief from the torture of her romantic failures. Through her vivid writings, she brought the Arab world alive for countless people as she travelled to some of the region's most inhospitable places.


Preface1. An Eastern City2. The Tower of Silence3. In Praise of Gardens4. The King of Merchants5. The Imam Hussein6. The Shadow of Death7. Dwellers in Tents8. Three Noble Ladies9. The Treasure of the King10. Sheikh Hassan11. A Persian Host12. A Stage and a Half13. A Bridle- Path14. Two Palaces15. The Month of Fasting16. Requiescant in Pace17. The City of King Prusias18. Shops and Shopkeepers19. A Murray of the First Century20. Travelling Companions


In British diplomatic group photographs of the early twentiethcentury 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.
Her remarkable intellectual abilities and masculine demeanour make Persian Pictures, her first publication on an Eastern subject, all the more interesting.