Thursday, July 11, 2013

Women travelers: Isabelle Eberhardt


"She dressed as a man. Born Russian, she moved to North Africa, converted to Islam, joined a Sufi sect. She drank, smoked hashish, slept with any man she pleased. An assassin failed to kill her, but succeeded in nearly hacking her arm off. In 1904, when she was just 27, she died -- actually: drowned in a flash flood -- in the desert, leaving behind a handful of short stories, a thin novel and a legend so compelling she became the subject of a French film."



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