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Passionate Nomad: the Life of Freya Stark

by Geniesse, Jane Fletcher

  • ISBN: 9780394583969
  • ISBN10: 0394583965

Passionate Nomad: the Life of Freya Stark

by Geniesse, Jane Fletcher

  • List Price: $27.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780394583969
  • ISBN10: 0394583965
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Description: In 1934 Freya Stark's first book, Valley of the Assassins, was immediately hailed as a classic and T.E. Lawrence pronounced Stark "a gallant creature, a remarkable person." It marked the beginning of a dazzling career as writer, explorer, and unofficial diplomat which led Stark to explore ancient trading routes in the Yemen desert, Crusaders' Castles in Syria, Alexander the Great's path through Turkey and, during the Second World War, to infiltrate every level of Middle Eastern society, from shepherd to sultan, to win the Islamic people to the Allied cause. Diminutive yet indomitable, for 60 years Freya Stark braved danger and discomfort to illuminate the East for the West in her writings and when she died at the age of 100, a Dame of the British Empire, she left a vast body of work including thirty books which are unmatched for their perceptions of remote peoples and their poetic prose.

In this brilliant and balanced biography, Geniesse digs beneath the Stark mythology to uncover the complex, controversial, and charming creature at its core: the daughter of privilege who survived an impoverished childhood in Italy by dreaming of escape on the "Golden Road to Samarkand; " a woman of vast generosity known to turn instantly, ferociously on anyone who crossed her; the passionate woman who longed above all else to be a wife and mother yet consistently, disastrously chose the Wrong men.

Geniesse vividly brings to life the circle of sheiks, diplomats, generals, writers, and luminaries in which Stark moved as well as the ancient cities and vast deserts of the Middle East.

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