From the Sahara to Samarkand: Selected Travel Writings of Rosita Forbes 1919-1937

From the Sahara to Samarkand: Selected Travel Writings of Rosita Forbes 1919-1937

by Rosita Forbes, Margaret Bald
     
 

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The extraordinary Rosita Forbes explored the Libyan desert, sailed across the Red Sea, and trekked more than a thousand miles into remote Abyssinia. She wrote some thirty books about these and other journeys, as well as biographies, histories, novels, and memoirs. She was a widely published journalist and commentator on international affairs, a popular lecturer,

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The extraordinary Rosita Forbes explored the Libyan desert, sailed across the Red Sea, and trekked more than a thousand miles into remote Abyssinia. She wrote some thirty books about these and other journeys, as well as biographies, histories, novels, and memoirs. She was a widely published journalist and commentator on international affairs, a popular lecturer, and a documentary filmmaker. Her story deserves to be retold and her writing discovered by a new generation.

Editorial Reviews

Lois Henderson
[Rosita Forbes's] incredible courage, with her apparent implacability in the face of often daunting odds . . . has one spellbound from start to finish of this remarkable anthology. . . . An inspiring volume for modern-day travelers, whether of the armchair variety or of the more adventurous kind, this book is not to be missed.
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Midwest Book Review
All through Eurasia, Rosita Forbes became a writing icon of her time. “From the Sahara to Samarkand: Selected Travel Writings of Rosita Forbes 1919-1937” tells the story of her epic journeys through the land, giving a sample of the work that has proven to be her claim to fame. A solid perspective of the Middle East and Asia before World War II, “From the Sahara to Samarkand” is a choice addition to any literary collection focusing on travel writing.
The Bloomsbury Review
“From the Sahara to Samarkand is the first anthology of [Rosita Forbes’s] travel writings to be published. It includes selections from eight of her travel books…a thorough and enthusiastic introduction to her life and work, and a photo gallery.”--(Patricia Dubrava )
Sunday Book Review The New York Times
“Almost a century ago, Rosita Forbes, the bride of an adulterous Scottish army officer, pawned her wedding ring, bought a horse, a revolver, and a camera and embarked on what would be a long, adventurous career as a travel writer…. Margaret Bald provides a taste of some of Forbes’s forays into the Libyan Desert, Iraq, Afghanistan and a disintegrating, post-World War I China…. Best… is the story of her attempted pilgrimage to Mecca in August 1922. Swathed in a shapeless black abaya, she identifies herself as half Turk, half Egyptian and sets out with hundreds of Muslim pilgrims on a boat sailing across the Red Sea from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.”--(Joshua Hammer )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604190304
Publisher:
Axios Press
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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