In an Antique Land

In an Antique Land
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Vintage
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2011-07-20
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 0307792269

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Once upon a time an Indian writer named Amitav Ghosh set out an Indian slave, name unknown, who some seven hundred years before had traveled to the Middle East. The journey took him to a small village in Egypt, where medieval customs coexist with twentieth-century desires and discontents. But even as Ghosh sought to re-create the life of his Indian predecessor, he found himself immersed in those of his modern Egyptian neighbors. Combining shrewd observations with painstaking historical research, Ghosh serves up skeptics and holy men, merchants and sorcerers. Some of these figures are real, some only imagined, but all emerge as vividly as the characters in a great novel. In an Antique Land is an inspired work that transcends genres as deftly as it does eras, weaving an entrancing and intoxicating spell.

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land
Author: Connie Willis
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2018
Genre: Bloggers
ISBN: 9781596068766

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Dust jacket illustration, Ã2018 by Jon Foster.

From an Antique Land

From an Antique Land
Author: Carl S. Ehrlich
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 523
Release: 2009
Genre: Middle Eastern literature
ISBN: 074254334X

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Sumerian literature / Gonzalo Rubio -- Egyptian literature / Susan Tower Hollis -- Akkadian literature / Benjamin R. Foster -- Hittite literature / Gary Beckman -- Canaanite literature / Wayne T. Pitard -- Hebrew/Israelite literature / Carl S. Ehrlich -- Aramaic literature / Ingo Kottsieper.

Travelers to an Antique Land

Travelers to an Antique Land
Author: Robert Eisner
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 1991
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780472082209

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Stories of scholars, writers, artists, and explorers woven together in a narrative of Greek travel

The Conquest of Assyria

The Conquest of Assyria
Author: Mogens Trolle Larsen
Publisher: Routledge
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2014-06-03
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 1317949951

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The Conquest of Assyria tells what must surely be one of the most romantic tales of archaeological endeavour. The great cities and ancient palaces of Mesopotamia had lain buried for over two millenia, and were all but forgotten, half remembered in the Hebrew Bible and Classical texts. This volume records the dramatic finds, the decipherment of the cuneiform system of writing and the rediscovery of a lost civilisation.

Incendiary Circumstances

Incendiary Circumstances
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: HMH
Total Pages: 317
Release: 2007-04-23
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 0547527136

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A journalist who “illuminates the human drama behind the headlines” writes about today’s dramatic events, from terrorist attacks to tsunamis (Publishers Weekly). “An uncannily honest writer,” Amitav Ghosh has published firsthand accounts of pivotal world events in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and the New Yorker (The New York Times Book Review). This volume brings together the finest of these pieces, chronicling the turmoil of our times. Incendiary Circumstances begins with Ghosh’s arrival in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands just days after the devastation of the 2005 tsunami. We then travel back to September 11, 2001, as Ghosh retrieves his young daughter from school, sick with the knowledge that she must witness the kind of firestorm that has been in the background of his life since childhood. In his travels, Ghosh has stood on an icy mountaintop on the contested border between India and Pakistan; interviewed Pol Pot’s sister-in-law in Cambodia; shared the elation of Egyptians when Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize; and stood with his threatened Sikh neighbors through the riots following Indira Gandhi’s assassination. In these pieces, he offers an up-close look at an era defined by the ravages of politics and nature. “Ghosh is the perfect chronicler of an increasingly globalized world . . . Reading [him] is a mind-expanding experience. Once you’ve finished this book, you’re very likely to press it into your friends’ hands and beg them to read it as well.” —Sunday Oregonian

Dancing In Cambodia & Other Essays

Dancing In Cambodia & Other Essays
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2010
Genre: Burma
ISBN: 0143068725

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India Traders of the Middle Ages

India Traders of the Middle Ages
Author: Shelomo Dov Goitein
Publisher: BRILL
Total Pages: 949
Release: 2008
Genre: History
ISBN: 9004154728

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The annotated and translated letters of 11th-12th century traders of the Jewish Indian Ocean, found in the Cairo Geniza, provide fascinating information on commerce between the Far East, Yemen and the Mediterranean, medieval material, social, and spiritual civilization among Jews and Arabs, and Judeo-Arabic.

Sea of Poppies

Sea of Poppies
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 565
Release: 2009-09-29
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1429930810

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The first in an epic trilogy, Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies is "a remarkably rich saga . . . which has plenty of action and adventure à la Dumas, but moments also of Tolstoyan penetration--and a drop or two of Dickensian sentiment" (The Observer [London]). At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton. With a panorama of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, Sea of Poppies is "a storm-tossed adventure worthy of Sir Walter Scott" (Vogue).

Out of the Black Land

Out of the Black Land
Author: Kerry Greenwood
Publisher: Clan Destine Press
Total Pages: 460
Release: 2018-09-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0987160311

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Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt is peaceful and prosperous under the dual rule of the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV, until the younger Pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams. Ptah-hotep, a young peasant boy studying to be a scribe, wants to live a simple life in a Nile hut with his lover Kheperren and their dog Wolf. But Amenhotep IV appoints him as Great Royal Scribe. Surrounded by bitterly envious rivals and enemies, how long will Ptah-hotep survive? The child-princess Mutnodjme sees her beautiful sister Nefertiti married off to the impotent young Amenhotep. But Nefertiti must bear royal children, so the ladies of the court devise a shocking plan. Kheperren, meanwhile, serves as scribe to the daring teenage General Horemheb. But while the Pharaoh's shrinking army guards the Land of the Nile from enemies on every border, a far greater menace impends. For, not content with his own devotion to one god alone, the newly-renamed Akhnaten plans to suppress the worship of all other gods in the Black Land. His horrified court soon realise that the Pharaoh is not merely deformed, but irretrievably mad; and that the biggest danger to the Empire is in the royal palace itself.