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The Valleys of the Assassins: And Other Persian Travels (Modern Library)

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Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation's most intrepid explorers. The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present-day Iran, often with only a single guide and on a shoestring budget.

Stark writes engagingly of the nomadic peoples who inhabit the region's valleys and brings to life the stories of the ancient kingdoms of the Middle East, including that of the Lords of Alamut, a band of hashish-eating terrorists whose stronghold in the Elburz Mountains Stark was the first to document for the Royal Geographical Society. Her account is at once a highly readable travel narrative and a richly drawn, sympathetic portrait of a people told from their own compelling point of view.

This edition includes a new Introduction by Jane Fletcher Geniesse, Stark's biographer.

About the Author

Freya Stark, described by The Times of London as "the last of the Romantic Travellers" upon her death in 1993, published during her lifetime more than thirty books about her travels in the Middle East, including The Southern Gates of Arabia.

Jane Fletcher Geniesse is a former reporter for The New York Times and the author of the biography Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark, a finalist for the 1999 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, New York magazine, and Town & Country. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375757532
Author:
Stark, Freya
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Iran
Subject:
Assassins (ismailites)
Subject:
Assassins
Subject:
Iran Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
travel;iran;middle east;history;persia;iraq;adventure;travel writing;non-fiction;freya stark
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library (Paperback)
Series Volume:
SB-116
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.64 in 0.5 lb

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