Collector Of Worlds, The Ilija Trojanow

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Collector Of Worlds, The  by  Ilija Trojanow

Collector Of Worlds, The by Ilija Trojanow
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This fictionalized account imagines the life of Sir Richard Francis Burton — a nineteenth-century British colonial officer with a rare ability to assimilate into indigenous cultures. Burtons obsessive traveling took him from England to BritishMoreThis fictionalized account imagines the life of Sir Richard Francis Burton — a nineteenth-century British colonial officer with a rare ability to assimilate into indigenous cultures. Burtons obsessive traveling took him from England to British India, Arabia, and on a quest for the source of the Nile River in Africa.

He learned more than twenty lan­guages, translated The Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, and took part in the pilgrimage to Mecca, in addition to writing several travel books.This elegant, layered novel tells the story of Burtons adventures in British West India, his experience on the hajj to Mecca, and his exploration of East Africa. In each section, perspective shifts between Burton and the voices of those men he encounters along the way: his Indian servant tells the stories of his travails with Burton to a scribe- the qadi, the governor, and the shari in Mecca investigate Burtons hajj- and Sidi Mubarak Bombay, his African guide, shares his story with friends in Zanzibar.

The concentric narratives examine the underbelly of colonialism while offering a breathtaking tour of the nineteenth centurys most stunning landscapes.The Collector of Worlds won the fiction prize of Germanys Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 and the Berlin Literary Award, in addition to being a runaway bestseller in Germany.



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