The Collector of Worlds: A Novel of Sir Richard Francis Burton

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Iliya Troyanov's fictionalized account imagines the life of Sir Richard Francis Burton - a 19th-century British colonial officer with a rare ability to assimilate into indigenous cultures. Burton's obsessive travelling took him from England to British India, Arabia, and on a quest for the source of the Nile River in Africa. He learned more than 20 languages, translated "The Arabian Nights" and the "Kama Sutra", and took part in the pilgrimage to Mecca, in addition to writing several travel books. This elegant, layered novel tells the story of Burton's adventures in British West India, his experience on the hajj to Mecca, and his exploration of East Africa. In each section, perspective shifts between Burton and the voices of those men he encounters along the way: his Indian servant tells the stories of his travails with Burton to ascribe; the qadi, the governor, and the shari in Mecca investigate Burton's hajj; and, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, his African guide, shares his story with friends in Zanzibar. These concentric narratives examine the underbelly of colonialism while offering a breathtaking tour of the 19th century's most stunning landscapes.

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The Collector of Worlds is a rare combination of literary achievement and popular accessibility. A bestseller in Germany, the novel is a meditation on the extraordinary life of Sir Richard Burton, one of the most flamboyant figures of the Victorian age. Burton was the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, and discovered the source of the Nile with Speke. His translation of the Arabian Nights is one of the great moments in the encounter between Islam and the West, a version of the Arab classic that scandalised his contemporaries with its salty eroticism. Troyanov's novel does full justice to this great, controversial mediator between cultures. The book imagines his encounter with India as a young officer, and other episodes in his life are seen through the eyes of his Indian servant; the Sharif of Mecca, who is conducting an enquiry into Burton's audacious journey and its consequences for the Ottoman Empire; and a former slave who guided Burton to the Nile.

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Iliya Troyanov has turned Burton s unbelievable life into believable fiction, achieving a rounded and satisfying portrait that traditional biography could never match. New York Times Book Review"The Collector of Worlds "is a fictionalized account of the infamous life and times of Sir Richard Francis Burton the British colonial officer stationed in India who made the Haj to Mecca, discovered the source of the Nile, spoke twenty-nine languages, and translated A Thousand and One Arabian Nights "and "the Kama Sutra" into English. The winner of the fiction prize of Germany s Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 and the Berlin Literary Award, The Collector of Worlds" is a brilliant re-imagining of a richly eventful, truly incredible life."

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