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Beyond Euphrates: Autobiography, 1928 33

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Freya Stark has fascinated the world with stories of her intrepid travels to the Middle East and lively accounts of her early life. In TRAVELLER'S PRELUDE she described her first journey, a trip through the Alps at the age of two. From that age on, she was a restless and charismatic sojourner and, fortunately for us, a born storyteller.

BEYOND EUPHRATES takes up the tale a

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Jul 13, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second volume of Freya Stark's autobiography told in a mixture of narrative, letters and diary extracts covers her early travels in the far east - largely in Iraq and what is now Iran. An indomitable woman she learns Arabic, Persian as well as starting Russian, learns basic mapping skills so that she can provide information on unmapped areas, copes with suspicion (especially from fellow Brits) as a woman travelling alone and is continually running out of money. By the end of the book she is ...more
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What a woman. Freya Stark not only went swanning around the wilds of Iraq and Persia on her own in the 1920s and 30s, learning Arabic and Persian, travelling where few Westerners had ever been, she also wrote about her experiences with great beauty and wisdom. A favourite passage: “Yet even when I felt most alone, I cannot ever remember wavering about my own path; I felt that other people might know what was good, but not that they knew better than I did what was good for me”.
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Freya Stark was born in Paris, where her parents were studying art. Her mother, Flora, was an Italian of Polish/German descent; her father, Robert, an English painter from Devon.

In her lifetime she was famous for her experiences in the Middle East, her writing and her cartography. Freya Stark was not only one of the first Western women to travel through the Arabian deserts (Hadhramaut), she often
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