Thursday, June 30

Voyage to the Orient - Gérard de Nerval (1851)

Wikipedia - "Voyage to the Orient (French: Voyage en Orient) is one of the works of French writer and poet Gérard de Nerval, published during 1851, resulting from his voyage of 1842 to Cairo and Beirut. In addition to a travel account it retells Oriental tales, like Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, in terms of the artist and the act of creation. ... For a later edition, de Nerval added a series of appendices, the majority of the material taken directly from Lane's Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians. In 1930 the book was translated as The Women Of Cairo by Conrad Elphinstone in two volumes, it included only the material originally published in 1846–47. More recent translations are incomplete. ..."
Excerpt - 1. The Mask and the Veil
The Women Of Cairo - Volume One, Volume Two
amazon: Journey to the Orient