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One Sunday afternoon in a secluded valley in Normandy, Robert Dessaix chanced upon the castle where the famous French writer Andre Gide spent his childhood. This leads him to travel from Lisbon to the edge of the Sahara, from Paris to the south of France and Algiers, taking us to the places where Gide lived out his unconventional ideas about love, marriage, sexuality and religion. Arabesques is Robert Dessaix and travel memoir at their absolute finest.
Author: Robert Dessaix
Paperback, Published July 2017 320 Pages
Orig. Publ. 2008
‘Surrender to the ravishments first, get lost, skid with thrilled indecisiveness across the mosaic tile of each page. Venture out with the author onto the roads and dizzying crossroads he negotiates as he plots a course between past and present, old haunts and new horizons, in the lands of Araby …’ The Age