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Departures : Selected Writings - Isabelle Eberhardt


Selected Writings

Paperback Published: 18th January 1995
ISBN: 9780872862883
Number Of Pages: 256

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Isabelle Eberhardt dreamed of escaping the gloom of Europe, and when she was nineteen she realized her desire in North Africa--Dar el Islam. In 1904, when she died in a flash flood in the Sahara, she was only twenty-seven years old, and had led a legendary, tempestuous life that encompassed both subversive political anarchism and the mysticism of Islam.

This selection of short stories, reportage, and travel journals, which glow with sensuous detail, superbly evokes the life of the desert towns and nomadic peoples of the Saharan region of Morocco and Algeria. As a radical individualist, Eberhardt identified with and defended the oppressed; yet she was a romantic as well, and ambiguous about the "civilizing" role of France. Today she has become an iconic figure at the center of discussions about gender, race, colonialism, representation, and writing.

In supplementary essays, Laura Rice provides historical and cultural context for Eberhardt's life and work, and explores her role as transgressor; Karim Hamdy surveys the realities of colonial exploitation, and places Eberhardt's membership in the Qadiriya Sufi brotherhood within the larger context of Islam.

Yasmina, an Algerian Storyp. 1
The Anarchistp. 29
The Majorp. 38
The Maraboutp. 61
Forced Labor in the Southp. 67
The Seducedp. 70
Native Exploitsp. 73
Reflections of Warp. 79
Hadjerath-M'guilp. 85
Ghost Townp. 93
Little Fathmap. 95
Meriemap. 97
Douar of the Makhzenp. 101
At the Home of Bou-Amama's Cousinp. 117
Figuigp. 123
The Djichp. 127
Oudjdap. 131
Ain-Sefrap. 139
A Halt in the Desertp. 142
Miragep. 145
Becharp. 148
Legionnaires and Mokhaznisp. 150
Kenadsap. 152
Arriving at the Zaouiyap. 154
The Marabout's Indignationp. 157
Friday Prayerp. 160
Saharan Theocracyp. 163
Twilightp. 166
Departurep. 169
Beni-Ounif, 30 November 1903p. 172
Beni-Ounif, February 1904p. 180
Mission Civilisatricep. 187
Eberhardt and Genderp. 208
Eberhardt and Mysticismp. 225
Glossaryp. 243
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ISBN: 9780872862883
ISBN-10: 0872862887
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 18th January 1995
Publisher: City Lights Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 14.0  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.4

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