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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"Mesmerizing...the perfect present for wannabe explorers."--National Geographic Traveler OnlineBook Description:
A colourful swashbuckling story of one of the most flamboyant characters of the nineteenth century.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 198 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.This novel is based on the life of Sir Richard Burton, the famous explorer whose translation of the Arabian Nights scandalized Victorian society. Troyanov imagines Burton through the eyes of an Indian servant, an Ottoman governor, and a former slave who acted as Burton s guide. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780061351945