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Le Désert

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Eccentric! Decadent! The words pale when applied to Pierre Loti, the pseudonym of Julien Viaud, 1850-1923. Artist, naval officer, consort of countesses, & well-published author, his excesses & experimentation mirror those of such Decadent contemporaries as Rimbaud & Verlaine. First published in 1895 & finally available in English, THE DESERT has gone through dozens of French editions. Loti's book is the diary of a journey on camelback through the Sinai. He describes in detail the various sheikhs he encounters & the set up of the caravan, all crafted in poetic prose of gripping beauty. Loti's preface hints at the reason behind the journey; in an attempt to bolster his flagging faith, he chose to visit the desert Holy Land. Suffering (as he saw it) would prepare his soul for an awakened faith. Yet despite the perils of the open desert, the relative luxury of the trip is evident. This beautiful work, admirably rendered in English by Jay Paul Minn, reveals a rudderless man retracing Biblical trails in the wilderness in classic fin-de-siecle style.

Excellent pages, slight edge and cover wear.


Excentrique! Décadent! Les mots pâlissent lorsqu'il est appliqué à Pierre Loti, le pseudonyme de Julien Viaud, 1850-1923. Artiste, officier de marine, épouse de comtesse et auteur bien publié, ses excès et ses expériences reflètent ceux de contemporains décadents tels que Rimbaud et Verlaine. Publié pour la première fois en 1895 et enfin disponible en anglais, THE DESERT a fait l’objet de dizaines d’éditions en français. Le livre de Loti est le journal intime d'un voyage à dos de chameau dans le Sinaï. Il décrit en détail les différents cheikhs qu'il a rencontrés et l'installation de la caravane, tous conçus dans une prose poétique d'une beauté saisissante. La préface de Loti indique la raison du voyage. dans le but de renforcer sa foi, il a choisi de visiter la Terre Sainte du désert. La souffrance (à son avis) préparerait son âme à une foi éveillée. Malgré les dangers du désert, le luxe relatif du voyage est évident. Ce bel ouvrage, admirablement rendu en anglais par Jay Paul Minn, révèle un homme sans gouvernail retraçant les sentiers bibliques dans la nature sauvage dans le style classique du fin-de-siecle.

Excellentes pages, légères traces d'usure et de couverture.

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Author(s):
Pierre Loti
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
1998
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
2868081231
Number of pages:
229
Publisher:
Pirot

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Eccentric! Decadent! The words pale when applied to Pierre Loti, the pseudonym of Julien Viaud, 1850-1923. Artist, naval officer, consort of countesses, & well-published author, his excesses & experimentation mirror those of such Decadent contemporaries as Rimbaud & Verlaine. First published in 1895 & finally available in English, THE DESERT has gone through dozens of French editions. Loti's book is the diary of a journey on camelback through the Sinai. He describes in detail the various sheikhs he encounters & the set up of the caravan, all crafted in poetic prose of gripping beauty. Loti's preface hints at the reason behind the journey; in an attempt to bolster his flagging faith, he chose to visit the desert Holy Land. Suffering (as he saw it) would prepare his soul for an awakened faith. Yet despite the perils of the open desert, the relative luxury of the trip is evident. This beautiful work, admirably rendered in English by Jay Paul Minn, reveals a rudderless man retracing Biblical trails in the wilderness in classic fin-de-siecle style.

Excellent pages, slight edge and cover wear.


Excentrique! Décadent! Les mots pâlissent lorsqu'il est appliqué à Pierre Loti, le pseudonyme de Julien Viaud, 1850-1923. Artiste, officier de marine, épouse de comtesse et auteur bien publié, ses excès et ses expériences reflètent ceux de contemporains décadents tels que Rimbaud et Verlaine. Publié pour la première fois en 1895 et enfin disponible en anglais, THE DESERT a fait l’objet de dizaines d’éditions en français. Le livre de Loti est le journal intime d'un voyage à dos de chameau dans le Sinaï. Il décrit en détail les différents cheikhs qu'il a rencontrés et l'installation de la caravane, tous conçus dans une prose poétique d'une beauté saisissante. La préface de Loti indique la raison du voyage. dans le but de renforcer sa foi, il a choisi de visiter la Terre Sainte du désert. La souffrance (à son avis) préparerait son âme à une foi éveillée. Malgré les dangers du désert, le luxe relatif du voyage est évident. Ce bel ouvrage, admirablement rendu en anglais par Jay Paul Minn, révèle un homme sans gouvernail retraçant les sentiers bibliques dans la nature sauvage dans le style classique du fin-de-siecle.

Excellentes pages, légères traces d'usure et de couverture.

Author(s):
Pierre Loti
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
1998
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
2868081231
Number of pages:
229
Publisher:
Pirot

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