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Dezember 2007



Here is the book that took the world by storm, and then was lost. In 1817 Thomas Hope began work on a book that was destined to astonish the West by lifting the curtain of ignorance which had encouraged enmity against the East. Hopes hero Anastasius was fearless, curious, cunning, ruthless, brave, and above all, sexy. Born the son of a respected Greek dragoman, he converted to Islam early on, a move which allowed the renamed Selim to take the reader along as he journeyed deep into the vast and dangerous Ottoman Empire. During the 35 years described in the book (17621798) the swashbuckling Anastasius/Selim infiltrated the deadly Wahhabis in Arabia, rode to war with the Mamelukes in Egypt and sailed the Mediterranean with the Turks. He was imprisoned, shipwrecked and hunted. He embraced lovers, killed enemies and had his heart broken forever in Trieste. In Anastasius can be found some of the most eloquently written English since Shakespeare. When completed in 1819, it was a work of such academic interest, raw excitement and descriptive power that the fabled London publisher, John Murray, released it. The first edition was an overnight sensation and the second sold out in twenty-four hours. Foreign editions quickly followed. This remarkable new edition features all three volumes together for the first time. Plus, in a series of commissioned Appendixes, an international team of academic experts have examined Hopes life, political impact and artistic legacy, the latter being a ground-breaking investigation of the famous portrait of the author depicted as a noble of the Ottoman Empire. In accordance with its academic mission, the royalties of this new edition are being donated to the NationalPortrait Gallery. To have discovered this book in 1819 would have opened a portal into a forbidden part of the world which the average reader could never have expected to visit. Yet open the book today and Anastasius will once again weave his enchanting tale of travel, love and war, all the while demonstrating the human harmonies still linking East and West.

EAN: 9781590482827
ISBN: 1590482824
Untertitel: 'Classic Travel Book'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2007
Seitenanzahl: 592 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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