Visions of Isabelle

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In 1903, a tall woman with flashing Tartar eyes was the talk of military circles, newspaper offices and salons. Her name was Isabelle Eberhardt, and the life she actually led made her justifiably the object of the most scandalous gossip in Paris as well as in North Africa. This compelling novel, a fictionalized biography, tells her story-the story of a brave, self-destructive and sensual being with an irrepressible rage to live.

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In 1903, a tall woman with flashing Tartar eyes was the talk of military circles, newspaper offices and salons. Her name was Isabelle Eberhardt, and the life she actually led made her justifiably the object of the most scandalous gossip in Paris as well as in North Africa. This compelling novel, a fictionalized biography, tells her story-the story of a brave, self-destructive and sensual being with an irrepressible rage to live.

Isabelle came to Tunis when she was 17, longing for fame as an author and discovering that her life could be the inspiration for her art. She converted to Islam and dressed as a man chiefly because it allowed her to wander freely and taste the delicacies of a forbidden existence. Her brief life encompassed an enormous range of experience. She joined a mystic religious sect and was nearly assassinated because of it, went to trial over the scandal and was forced to leave the country. She followed the French army into the Sahara as a journalist, insulted the great and the famous, spent sleepless nights in rapturous mystical prayer. When she died, at the age of 27, she was reputed to have slept with most of the Foreign Legion.

Isabelle's goal was to rediscover herself through her excesses, her fears and her joys, so that perhaps one day she might rend the veil which hid from her the secrets of eternity. This fascinating novel about her life proves admirably that the best of Isabelle Eberhardt lay in her energy and determination to dive into the midst of maelstrom and ride out the fury of her existence.

PRAISE FOR VISIONS OF ISABELLE

BETTY FRIEDAN:
"A fascinating, strangely haunting story of a woman buried in history -- a sort of female Lawrence of Arabia who shocked her own times and might still shock ours but is a new kind of heroine our history can now produce and accept."

SAN FRANCISCO REVIEW OF BOOKS:
"Isabelle Eberhardt was undoubtedly a romantic, and William Bayer's novel is a romanticization -- a "'fantasy' he calls it -- following fairly closely what is known about her. Bayer has a fine eye and ear, and it is hard to fault his feeling for the time and the country. His style has an appropriate verve. He obviously feels for his subject."

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY:
"Bayer has done an excellent job of conveying the mystique of the desert and the emotions of an unusual woman."

KIRKUS REVIEWS:
"Bayer accents her sensuality. His version is ardent and aromatic, likely to draw the audience he has in view without forfeiting the curiosity value of this dualistic failed romantic."

FORT WORTH TEXAS MORNING STAR-TELEGRAM:
"To the end her story is one of reckless daring, not to be equaled in this day of guided tours. The author has presented it with passionate understanding."

PITTSBURGH PRESS:
"...vivid prose...."

REDWOOD CITY TRIBUNE:
"Isabelle is sharply drawn. A remarkable study of an early feminist who was also a rebel."

FIND MORE EBOOKS BY WILLIAM BAYER, indluding the JANEK SERIES detective novels, and his FOREIGN DETECTIVE series. Click the author's name above, or search CROSSROAD PRESS to find more books by Mr. Bayer, Irving Wallace, Bill Crider, John Lutz, Tom Piccirilli, and many others.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780440093152
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1976

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