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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Eberhardt’s biography is a such a catalogue of courage and transgression of lines of geography, culture, religion and sex that it’s hard not to swoon.

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Inthe couple returned to Algeria. She was the original rebel girl, adopting the dress of an Algerian man in the late 19th century, wandering freely about the desert on horseback, and causing Algerian officials all kinds of headaches. Above the gorges, scarcely moving their wings, hung the eagles, like golden nails affixed to the incandescent sky.

Her actions and adventures would be incredible for anyone today so it is almost beyond imagination that such a woman lived at the turn of the century.

Eberhardt’s writing feels propelled forward by keen, mesmerizing descriptions – something as ordinary as the sky or dessert is eleva These fragments reveal Isabelle Eberhardt’s unique perspective and style. It seemed to her that never before had she really seen the sun turn the crests of the isbelle gold, and never before watched the capricious play of light on the trees.

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It took a while for me to find the right words too. They are epicureans, voluptuaries; perhaps they are sages. My opinion on the matter was made up long ago, long before everyone had a computer and the internet pervaded our lives.


Hats off to the ever remarkable Paul Bowels for his translations, a writer who knew genius when it came his way. The importance of drugs to the visionary experience of the eponymous “oblivion seekers” is also considered.

They stand on their own, alone but far from lonely. She had been there, below the great mountains split by gorges that opened them here and there to the blue warmth of the horizon. Born in Switzerland to a Russian Orthodox mother and Russian Muslim father, Isabelle was raised under strict rules by her nihilist father, and was treated no differently from her brother.

Paul Bowles’s spare, singing translation preserves a number of terms that will be unfamiliar to many readers: Foreign Studies Shusaku Endo. It’s also a great compliment to Eberhardt’s diaries which help complete a portrait of the author. Because Eberhardt does not give the account from the perspective of a European traveller, but of someone who is searching for her own self, she does not judge.

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Quotes from The Oblivion Seekers. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 12mm May 11, C. As Bowles notes in his Preface: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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A vagrant rejects death in a hospital, a prostitute falls in love with a customer only to face rejection, a would-be bride rejects her suitor; there’s this theme of refusal here, and very few happy endings. I have no pride: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here At the same time, as a European, she became friends with militaryman Hubert Lyautey who as much as anyone helped bring the Sahara under French colonial domination, suggesting the limits of a conversion from Europe that, when convenient, allowed one to convert back.


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 and converted to sufism. Unfortunately, Isabelle Eberhardt died at 27, her major manuscript lost in the flood that took her life. She did not make decisions; she was impelled to take action.

Maybe at the time it was. A chanting comes up from the plain, a sound as long as the unsheltered road, or as poverty without the hope of change tomorrow, or as weeping that goes unheard. Once you’ve lived in the desert, I suspect, some part of you will seskers belong to it.

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Just as the owner of the proud raptor goes untold in Eberhardt’s story, the oppressor of the Islamic men is neither disclosed; only the oppressed condition in which they all find themselves is described. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.