The Collector Of Worlds: A Novel of Sir Richard Francis Burton

Paperback | January 19, 2010

byIliya Troyanov

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“Iliya Troyanov has turned <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Burton’s unbelievable life into believable fiction, achieving a rounded and satisfying portrait that traditional biography could never match.”
New York Times Book Review

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The Collector of Worlds is a fictionalized account of the infamous life and times of Sir Richard Francis Burton—the British colonial officer stationed in <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">India who made the Haj to <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Mecca, discovered the source of the <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Nile, spoke twenty-nine languages, and translated A Thousand and One Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra into English. The winner of the fiction prize of <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Germany’s Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 and the Berlin Literary Award, The Collector of Worlds is a brilliant re-imagining of a richly eventful, truly incredible life.<_o3a_p>

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“Iliya Troyanov has turned Burton’s unbelievable life into believable fiction, achieving a rounded and satisfying portrait that traditional biography could never match.”—New York Times Book ReviewThe Collector of Worlds is a fictionalized account of the infamous life and times of Sir Richard Francis Burton—the British colonial officer ...

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A stunning fictionalized account of the infamous life of british colonial officer and translator sir richard francis burtonA nineteenth-century British colonial officer with a rare ability to assim-ilate into indigenous cultures, Sir Richard Francis Burton was an obses-sive traveler whose journeys took him from England to British India...

Born in Bulgaria, Iliya Troyanov has lived in Germany, Kenya, India, and South Africa. He has written several novels as well as travelogues on Africa, India, and Bulgaria. HisAlong the Gangeswas included inCondé Nast Traveler's list of the best travelogues ever. Troyanov lives in Vienna, Austria.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:January 19, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061351946

ISBN - 13:9780061351945

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“A rounded and satisfying portrait that traditional biography could never match…Troyanov’s novel is itself an act of brave exploration, setting out to chart the unknown and unknowable by filling in the blank spaces of Richard Francis Burton.”