The Oblivion Seekers. Isabelle Eberhardt was an unusual woman, and we’re fortunate to glimpse her unique meld of European angst and. To be an outsider who is at home everywhere: The Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle Eberhardt. Long and white, the road twists like a snake toward. Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle Eberhardt, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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In this story, the descriptions of settings are barely noticed. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Her nature combined an extraordinary singlness of purpose and an equally powerful nostalgia for the unattainable. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? They reflect her deep connection to Arab populations of North Africa and mark her early contribution to a decolonial narrative.

That must be why these brief sketches are so moving. Their quest is exalted they seek enlightenment.

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What a wonder she must have been! In the third story, a prostitute finds true love. He shut his eyes to blot out the visions, and his hand closed tighter on hers. Please try again later. You make me want to explore her legacy.

Eberhardt’s writing feels propelled forward by keen, mesmerizing descriptions – something as ordinary as the sky or dessert is elevated by her unique eye for detail. Paperback88 pages. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Quite often it is a life of solitary independence they choose.

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And, of course, the drugs that push attention inward: Nov 25, Sara Gray rated it it was amazing. She exults in that: But in addition to leading a life like an adult version of Tin Tin, she wrote in beautiful prose. Dressed as a man, calling herself Si Mahmoud Essadi, Eberhardt travelled in Arab society, with a freedom she could not otherwise have experienc Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss-Algerian explorer and writer who lived and travelled extensively in North Africa. Isabelle Eberhardt iswbelle a Swiss-Algerian explorer and writer who lived and travelled eberhardh in North Africa.


Eberhardt’s characters and, for that matter, Eberhardt are going in the opposite direction. And that, more often than not, means they’re nobodies. Exquisite, delicate stories of Northern Africa from a forgotten time and a unique perspective.

Like her father Eberhardt became drawn to Islam. For my full review, see: Her nature combined an extraordinary singlness of purpose and an equally powerful nostalgia for the unattainable. Yet there is very little sentimentality here; the tone is measured and controlled.

“The Oblivion Seekers” by Isabelle Eberhardt

There too, a Sudanese doctor who follows the caravans from Senegal to Timbuktu. Already she was no more than a vaporous vision, something without consistence that would soon be absorbed by the clear moonlight.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The French have decided to buy a valley. I know I’ve spent most of my review on the preface, but trust me, the stories are also quite good. It is in a partially ruined house behind the Mellah, a long hall lighted by a single eye in the ceiling of twisted and smoke-blackened beams.

Jul 17, Jonathan Norton rated it it was ok. Unfortunately, she did not live to produce more of this splendid writing. Her life was marked hardship and poverty, mixed with turns of good fortune and great passion, but through it all she retained a self-contained humility and it is this quality that comes through in her prose. Email required Address never made public.


I was plagued by the thought: Lists with This Book. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Unfortunately, Isabelle Eberhardt died at 27, her major manuscript lost in the flood that took her life. On her travels she befriended other Muslims in the area including a young Algerian soldier named Sliman Ehnni, who would become her one great love.

Maybe at the time it was. Isabelle Eberhardt’s life was one of the most extraordinary of any writer’s of the last years. Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Ice Palace Tarjei Vesaas.

seejers To us, it may seem as if Isabelle Eberhardt goes too far. I would suggest skipping Paul Bowles’s infuriating preface, however. The old desire for the other mistress, tyrannical and drunk with sun, had returned.

The harvested fields gave a lion-colored tint to the hillsides. It may be that Eberhardt’s own story is even more compelling than her writings, but they are all born up by clear, quietly lyrical prose and her perpetual rejection of the patriarchal bonds of colonial power and family.

Here she is dressed in her typical moslem man attire she dressed up as a man all her life. Some are stronger than others, and a few feel Yet for the French colonists, her lifestyle was nothing short of scandalous.