The Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle EberhardtThe Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle Eberhardt

The Oblivion Seekers

byIsabelle EberhardtTranslated byPaul Bowles

Paperback | January 11, 2001

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Stories and journal notes by an extraordinary young woman-adventurer and traveler, Arabic scholar, Sufi mystic and adept of the Djillala cult.

Not long before her death Isabelle Eberhardt wrote: "No one ever lived more from day to day or was more dependent upon chance. It is the inescapable chain of events that has brought me to this point, rather than I who have caused these things to happen." Her life seems haphazard, at the mercy of caprice, but her writings prove otherwise. She did not make decisions; she was impelled to take action. Her nature combined an extraordinary singlness of purpose and an equally powerful nostalgia forthe unattainable." -Paul Bowles, preface.

"One of the strangest human documents that a woman has given the world." -Cecily Mackworth,I Came Out of France

Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) was an explorer who lived and traveled extensively throughout North Africa. She wrote of her travels in numerous books and French newspapers, includingNouvelles Algeriennes [Algerian News] (1905),Dans l'Ombre Chaude de l'Islam [In the Hot Shade of Islam] (1906), andLes journaliers [The Day Laborers] (1922).

Paul Bowles has taped and translated numerous strange legends and lively stories recounted by Mrabet:Love with a Few Hairs (novel),The Lemon (novel),The Boy Who Set Fire (stories),Harmless Poisons, Blameless Sins (stories),The Beach Cafe & Look & Move On (autobiography), andThe Big Mirror (novella).

Title:The Oblivion SeekersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.2 inPublished:January 11, 2001Publisher:City Lights Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0872860825

ISBN - 13:9780872860827

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