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A Winter in Arabia (Paperback)

Freya Stark

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One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary travels in the near east, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine. A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey that helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first-rate geographer, historian, and archaeologist. There, in the land whose "nakedness is clothed in shreds of departed splendor," she and two companions spent a winter in search of an ancient South Arabian city.

Offering rare glimpses of life behind the veil the subtleties of business and social conduct, the elaborate beauty rituals of the women, and the bitter animosities between rival tribes, Freya Stark conveys the "perpetual charm of Arabia that the traveler finds his own level there simply as a human being."

"A treasure of rare distinction among travel books." The New York Times Book Review

"Here, for once in a very long while, is a book upon which the miser of superlatives may pour out his hoard of praise. To read such a book is to be proud and thankful. For here is a lovely charity and calm courage, vivid gaiety, the strong peace of truth and understanding; and quietness." The Times Literary Supplement

Freya Stark was born in Paris in 1893. She wrote twenty books, including Alexander's Path (also from Overlook). After a series of sojourns in Asia that continued well into her eighties, she settled in Asolo, Italy, the town of her childhood, where she died in 1993 at the age of one hundred.

“Freya Stark… must be left to ride her donkey forever along the empty beaches and the roadless valleys of the 50s Turkish landscape… She, like Homer, Alexander and Croesus, is part of the history of the country.”--The New York Times Book Review

“A treasure of rare distinction among travel books.”--The New York Times

“(Freya Stark) is one of the finest travel writers of our century.”--The New Yorker

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