Tales from the life of Bruce Wannell

Adventurer, Linguist, Orientalist
Eland Publishing
  • erschienen am 1. September 2020
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  • 331 Seiten
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978-1-900209-26-7 (ISBN)

Bruce Wannell was the greatest Orientalist traveller of his generation: a Paddy Leigh Fermor of the East, a Kim for our time. He lived through the Iranian Revolution, worked for a decade in the North West Frontier during the wars in Afghanistan, could transcribe the most complex Arabic calligraphy by sight and spoke Iranian and Afghan Persian with a dazzling, poetic fluency. His curious combination of talents - linguist, musician, translator and teacher - were duplicated by an international network of friendships with scholars, poets, spies, aid-workers, archaeologists, diplomats, artists and writers. Bruce could quote Hafez from memory, rustle up a lethal cocktail, lose himself in Brahms, open any door, organise a concert within days of arriving in a foreign city or walk across a mountain with just walnuts and dried mulberries in his pocket. He was a true original, remembered here with affection, humour and wonder by over eighty of his friends and collaborators.

  • Englisch
  • La Vergne
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  • USA
  • 0,90 MB
978-1-900209-26-7 (9781900209267)
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  • Intro
  • The book that never was by the most interesting man in the world
  • A litter of gourmands: Julian Wannell
  • Brown-haired and strikingly aesthetic: John Martin Robinson
  • Picnics on the rooftop: Matthew Harragin
  • Isis, but thousands of miles from Egypt: Neil Stratton
  • An embarkation to Watteau-land: James Ramsay
  • Over a low flame: Artemis Cooper
  • Tax inspector: John Batten
  • Random memories: Carla Gabrieli
  • Reading the Quran in Arabic in the early morning: Abdal Samad /David Summers
  • A gift normally only bestowed on royalty: Jonathan L. Lee
  • Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 1992: John Butt
  • Musical memories: Gordon Adam
  • Neighbour in Pakistan: Brigitte Neubacher
  • Inshallah: Lyse Doucet
  • A life between adventure, Sufism and music: Ulrike Vestring
  • Bound for Baluchistan: Frances Dodd
  • A pianist and a cellist meet in Pakistan: Jean Gianfranceschi
  • The most interesting year of my life: Elisabeth Rubi
  • Speaking better than perfect French: Anthony Fitzherbert
  • From Arcadia to the Hindu Kush: Kate Quartano Brown
  • Two Letters to Fynn Vergos: Bruce Wannell
  • Taliban marching powder: Kevin Rushby
  • Bruce: back into the blue: Tim Mackintosh-Smith
  • Cairo transformed: Julian Reilly and Bojana Mojsov
  • Bruce and Mahmoud: Eric Stobbaerts and Adnan Ali
  • Simon Everard Digby (1932-2010): Bruce Wannell
  • Shaykh Abdu Rahim al-Bura'i, the Sufi: Bruce Wannell
  • The book that never was by the most interesting man in the world: Nova Robinson
  • Recollections: returning to Afghanistan: Bruce Wannell
  • Bruce in Kabul: Thomas Wide
  • Timurid epitaphs, harpsichord and saffron: Andy Miller
  • A Sufi returns: Fitzroy Morrissey
  • . and then from his cape.: Moin Mir
  • Whenever our paths crossed: Tahir Shah
  • Bruce at Galle: Razeen Sally
  • Someone I needed in my life: Richard McClary
  • Editing Bruce: Bijan Omrani
  • Meet at Rustem Pasha: Janet and Paul Starkey
  • Lothians to Lahore: Isabel Buchanan
  • Speak to that gentleman over there: Gianni Dubbini Venier
  • Persian grammar: Charlie Gammell
  • Sour maids and other career advice: Ben Cuddon
  • 'over the Kachikani glacier into Swat.': Nick Buchan

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