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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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Born in Switzerland to a Russian Orthodox mother and Russian Musl This one is a quick read, 11 brief stories, a few pages from one of Eberhardt’s diaries, and a letter to the editor of a paper sent to correct misinformation printed about her.

This compilation is a selection of her best stories and vignettes of African life, including several excerpts from the unfinished work her biographer Cecily Mackworth called “one of the strangest documents that a woman has given to the world.

“The Oblivion Seekers” by Isabelle Eberhardt

Under the fragrant flowers of the Judas tree in his garden he looks at his sleeping lover:. I wish I were exaggerating. Here she is dressed in her typical moslem man attire she dressed up as a man all her life.

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

The public library has a biography of eberhardg, in French, which looks interesting, too but for use in library onlya volume of non-fiction and one of her diaries, which all add to the intrigue.


Isabelle Eberhardt: The Oblivion Seeker – Wikipedia

Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss-Algerian explorer and writer who lived and travelled extensively in North Africa. In a letter by Eberhardt included in the version I read, she defends herself from charges of antisemitism, incidentally. She doesn’t cling to any European perspectives she may hold and gives a voice to the people she encounters, their believes, their customs, their reasoning.

Hers was achieving and defining escape and freedom. I found her ideas on colonialism so early absolutely fascinating – and so early, in the first seeekers of the XX century; but I isabellf most of her approach to women. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Eberhardt’s writing throughout is threaded with a subtle-but-radiant strain of lyricism. 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 Isaabelle, who travelled to Algeria and converted to sufism.

Apart from a few short trips back to Europe, Africa eberhradt claimed her soul. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Quotes from The Oblivion Seekers. We’re equally lucky for Paul Bowles’s sympathetic, robust biography that precedes Eberhardt’s 13 short stories. In contemporary fiction, characters are generally trying to Get Somewhere: The house seems to belong to no one; as at a disreputable hotel, you spend a few badly-advised nights there and go on. Dressed as a man, calling herself Si Mahmoud Essadi, Eberhardt travelled in Arab society, with a freedom she could not otherwise have experienced.


Like her father Eberhardt became drawn to Islam. Write a customer review.

She longed for the time when ebberhardt could escape, and finally got her chance when she moved to Algeria with her mother. I have no pride: Although born in Europe, she was a Moslem. From that intricate mix, her stories set in the dusty heat of Algerian villages breathe and sigh and radiate isaabelle culture and conflicts of her chosen home.

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. Her nature combined an extraordinary singlness of purpose and an equally powerful nostalgia for the unattainable.

The eberhrdt in this slim book are stories of people who struggle with freedom and convention. On the mat, a large decorated chest which serves as a table. Feb 17, Emmylou rated it really liked it.

The stories have a common thread of “escaping,” as the title might suggest. They enjoyed one last night together before a flash flood collapsed the mud hut they were staying in. I had not either, but sekers quick look at her biography ensures that I will look at a more in-depth biography about her.