Middle East Travel
English edition  
October  2014
168 pp.
24 b/w illus. 
Hardbound
12X16 cm
$18.95
LE100
ISBN 9789774166723
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An Alexandria Anthology

Travel Writing through the Centuries Edited by Michael Haag

The great port city of Alexandria, its shambling elegiac charm and vanished pasts and pleasures, seen through the eyes of writers and travelers

Founded by Alexander the Great over 2,300 years ago, Alexandria has belonged both to the Mediterranean and to Egypt, a luxuriant out-planting of Europe on the coast of Africa, but also a city of the East—the fabled cosmopolitan town that fascinated travelers, writers, and poets in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where French and Arabic, Italian and Greek were spoken in the cafés and on the streets. In the pages of An Alexandria Anthology, we follow the delight of travelers discovering the strangeness of the city and its variety and pleasures. Most of all they are haunted by the city’s resplendent past—the famous Library, the temple built by Cleopatra for Antony, the great Pharos lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the world, of which only traces remain—we follow our travelers here too as they voyage through an immense ghost city of the imagination. About the series: The elegant, pocket-sized volumes in the AUC Press Anthology series feature the writings and observations of travel writers and diarists through the centuries. Vivid and evocative travelers’ accounts of some of the world’s great cities and regions are enhanced by the exquisite vintage design in small hardback format that make the books ideal gift books as well as perfect travel companions. Designed on cream paper stock and beautifully illustrated with line drawings and archival photographs.
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Michael Haag is a writer and photographer based in London. He has photographed and written Alexandria Illustrated (AUC Press, 2004) and Cairo Illustrated (AUC Press, 2006), and he is the author of Alexandria: City of Memory and Vintage Alexandria: Photographs of the City, 1860–1960 (AUC Press, 2008).

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"A further note on Haag’s new book. Not a scholarly treatise, An Alexandria Anthology is a small piece of art—a combination of Haag’s rich sensibilities of Egyptian history and Ms. Fatiha Bouzidi’s exquisite sense of book design. She also designed his Vintage Alexandria (2008). The two collaborators complement each other beautifully. AAA is a rare artifact right out of a Ptolemaic tomb."—Bruce Redwine, International Lawrence Durrell Society

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