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The Market of Seleukia

Jan Morris
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571246632
Date Published
22.10.2008
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Summary

‘As a work of descripton and evocation [The Market of Seleukia] is wonderful … showing us the enthralling interplay of politics, avarice, hate, national pride, and religious fanaticism in that part of the globe.’ The New Yorker

The Market of Seleukia is a portrait of the Middle East at the catalytic moment of the Suez Crisis. Jan Morris covers the vast, colourful and dramatic ground of Egypt and Sudan; Lebanon, Syria, Jordan; the Arabian Peninsula; Iraq and Iran. With superb liveliness and lucidity, she traces the complicated and shifting patterns in this most tangled of webs: the Anglo-American oil war; the American Soviet struggle for dominance; the explosive impact of Nasser’s nationalism; irrigation and reclamation; Islam; Israel.

But Market of Seleukia is much more than political reporting: with wit, style and feeling, it captures the very texture of the Middle East. It is brilliantly observed and magnificently written, a book of major importance for today.

JanMorris

Jan Morris was born in 1926 of a Welsh father and an English mother. She spent the last years of her life with her partner Elizabeth Morris in the top left-hand corner of Wales, between the mountains and the sea. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, the Pax Britannica trilogy and Conundrum. She was also the author of six books…

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