Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels As Tramp, Artist and Spy

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Experience the beautifully written tale of a hapless young artist, a beat-up pick-up called Yasmine, and an extraordinary journey across the world. Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels as Tramp, Artist and Spy by Henry Hemming creates a portrait of the post-9/11 Middle East that transports the reader into the human heart of the region. When Henry Hemming sets out in his pick-up truck to make a portrait of the Middle East, he has no idea what he will find or how he will live. Using art as his passport, he ...

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Overview

Experience the beautifully written tale of a hapless young artist, a beat-up pick-up called Yasmine, and an extraordinary journey across the world. Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels as Tramp, Artist and Spy by Henry Hemming creates a portrait of the post-9/11 Middle East that transports the reader into the human heart of the region. When Henry Hemming sets out in his pick-up truck to make a portrait of the Middle East, he has no idea what he will find or how he will live. Using art as his passport, he spends a year traveling throughout the area; his extraordinary journey finds him accused of being both an Islamic extremist and a British spy, dancing in a dervish hideaway and attending a Fourth of July party with GIs in Saddam Hussein's Republican Palace. As the young people he meets along the way share their dreams and doubts, Hemming discovers an unpredictable Middle East that is in no way accurately represented by the nightly news. And as the invasion of Iraq intensifies, he realizes that in order to finish his portrait, he must go to Baghdad to find a fabled artistic renaissance-a trip that could cost him his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857883954
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Hemming is a young artist living in London who has written extensively in periodicals such as Islamica, Resurgence, Nomad and The Middle East. His book Off Screen, depicting images and artwork from his Middle East journey, was widely celebrated throughout the art world. View his work at www.henryhemming.com.
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Table of Contents


Go East: From the Czech-Slovak border through Turkey to Iran     1
Dancing at Death: From Iran into Kurdish Iraq and back into Iran, illegally     119
Beat of the Drum: From Oman to Jordan via Saudi Arabia, as the second Gulf War gets underway     141
Arabian Summer: From Amman via Damascus and Aleppo to Beirut, where Yasmine is almost killed     195
Baghdad and Beyond: From Amman to Baghdad, Jerusalem and home     231
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