Prisoner of Dunes by Isabelle Eberhardt

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Hitherto unpublished in English, this book describes Eberhardt's wanderings from Marseilles to Tunis and Algeria from 1899 to 1904. She spent much of her short life in North Africa, where she was converted to Islam and learned to speak fluent Arabic. Her eccentric behavior shocked the French colonials. She smoked kif, wore men's clothing, drank alcohol, and was promiscuous with men. She died in a flash-flood at the age of twenty-seven. From the narrative introduction through the cinematic scenes of desert tribes, Eberhardt proves herself a masterfully evocative writer"" - Publishers Weekly.

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Isabelle Eberhardt (1877–1904) died at the age of twenty-seven in a flash flood in the desert town of Aïn Sefra, Algeria. Melissa Marcus is professor emerita of French at Northern Arizona University. She is the translator of Fawzia Assaad’s Layla, An Egyptian Woman and Malika Mokeddem’s The Forbidden Woman (Nebraska, 1998).
Published October 24, 1995 by Peter Owen Ltd. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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