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The Collector of Worlds By Iliya Troyanov

The Collector of Worlds
by Iliya Troyanov

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A bestseller in Germany, the novel tells the story of Sir Richard Burton, one of the most flamboyant figures of the Victorian age. Burton was the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, and discovered the source of the Nile with Speke.
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The Collector of Worlds by Iliya Troyanov

The Collector of Worlds is a rare combination of literary achievement and popular accessibility. A bestseller in Germany, the novel tells the story of Sir Richard Burton, one of the most flamboyant figures of the Victorian age. Burton was the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, and discovered the source of the Nile with Speke. His translation of the Arabian Nights is one of the great moments in the encounter between Islam and the West, a version of the Arab classic that scandalised his contemporaries with its salty eroticism. Troyanov's novel does full justice to this great, controversial mediator between cultures. The book imagines his encounter with India as a young officer, and other episodes in his life are seen through the eyes of his Indian servant; the Sharif of Mecca, who is conducting an enquiry into Burton's audacious journey and its consequences for the Ottoman Empire; and a former slave who guided Burton to the Nile.

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About Iliya Troyanov


Iliya Troyanov was born in Bulgaria. His family fled to West Germany to escape persecution and he grew up speaking German and English in Kenya. He is the author of Mumbai to Mecca, an account of his own pilgrimage to Islam's holiest site. His work has won the Leipzig Book Fair, the Berliner Literaturpreis and other major German prizes.

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GOR003054277
The Collector of Worlds by Iliya Troyanov
Iliya Troyanov
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Faber & Faber
2009-03-05
464
0571236545
9780571236541
N/A
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