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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Although born in Europe, she was a Moslem. They feel like the moment the sun dips below the dunes each evening: She openly rejected conventional European morality of the time, preferring to choose her own path, and drank alcohol, smoked marijuana and had numerous affairs.

The French have decided to buy a valley.

The Oblivion Seekers

Sadly, much of her work was destroyed in the flood that claimed her life, but several posthumous collections of her stories were published. Seems like she was an outstanding woman, but the book is less than stellaror, perhaps I just don’t get it.

Quite often it is a life of solitary independence they choose. Eberhardt writes, “even in the darkest purlieu of Morocco’s underworld such men can reach the magic horizon where they are free to build their dream-palaces of delight”. They are people who like their pleasure. But in spite of himself he opened his eyes. Learn more about Amazon Prime. There is some anti-imperialist detail about the iniquities of French imperialism, under which the expropriate Short selection of fiction and non-fiction by the intriguing figure of Eberhardtdaughter of a Russian anarchist who lived in Switzerland, who travelled to Algeria ixabelle converted to sufism.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Finally the smokers are quiet, and merely stare at the flowers in ecstasy. They are epicureans, voluptuaries; perhaps they are sages. Apart from a few short trips back to Europe, Africa had claimed her soul. The importance of drugs to the visionary experience of the eponymous “oblivion seekers” is also considered.


City Obllvion BooksIsabelle Eberhardt. The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk. The adventures she had were rather unbelievable for a woman at the turn of the century, and included surviving a brutal murder attempt that nearly severed one of her arms. Buy the selected items together This item: The men of Islam can roam freely about the desert but it is their Islamic spirit that is tethered.

The selection was composed and translated by Paul Bowles, but the tone and content here is quite different from his novels, in which the pitiless desert and its ruins simply unwind the European minds; Eberhardt and her characters clearly believe they have discovered an alternative existence in Islam. Eberhaardt pines, the pistachio trees and the palmettos were like blackish rust against the red earth. The house seems to belong to no one; as at a disreputable hotel, you spend a few badly-advised nights there and go on.

It is the inescapable chain of events that has brought me to this point, rather than I who have caused t Stories and journal notes by an extraordinary young woman–adventurer and traveler, Arabic scholar, Sufi mystic and fberhardt of the Djillala cult. Yet, a metaphorical string around their ankle binds them tight.

There is a Filali musician, rootless without family nor specific trade. It’s also a great compliment to Eberhardt’s diaries which help complete a portrait of the author. 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 Stories of life in the margins of society by a Swiss-Russian Muslim journalist who spent most of her life altogether too short, she died during a flood at just 27 in traveling North Africa, whenever the French government, suspicious of her allegiances, wasn’t barring her from the colonies.


Boat in the Evening Tarjei Vesaas. None of the stories in Isabelle Eberhardt’s ‘The Oblivion Seekers’ could be more inspiring than her biography contained in the Preface.

Let the whole place go up in smoke! Like Liked by 1 person. Was there biographical information included in this collection?

Excerpt: The Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle Eberhardt

Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss-Algerian explorer and writer who lived and travelled extensively in North Africa. The seekers of oblivion sing and clap their hands lazily; their dream-voices ring out late into the night, in the dim light of the mica-paned lantern. The stories read like parables, feature primarily Muslim characters, and sensual, vivid descriptions of the Seekerd African landscape.

It’s interesting to read this in the context of the later battles for indepence from the French by Obliviion as covered in the film The Battle of Algiers and Frantz Fannon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

As such, she had a special affinity for vagrants or wayfarers. Rhe do not believe one has to dress like the opposite sex and contract malaria to become a great writer. For whatever that’s worth. Yet there is very little sentimentality here; the tone is measured and controlled.

Would you like to tell us isabelel a lower price? Not even a strip of green remained on the land’s exasperated palette. This volume contains 11 short stories, a diary excerpt and a letter to the editor defending her integrity. The art, music and science are essential pinnings of the Islamic spirit.