Vintage Egypt : crusing the Nile in the golden age of travel

Auteur : Alain Blottière

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Présente des récits d'écrivains d'Egypte et de touristes qui ont voyagé en Egypte au temps des derniers rois, Fouad et Farouk, entre 1917 et 1952 et avant l'ère du tourisme de masse. Les illustrations, privées ou conservées dans des archives, restituent l'ambiance des dernières années de royauté égyptienne. ©Electre 2024

A tourist perched on a camel, a Bugatti at the foot of the pyramids, high tea served in jasmine-draped gardens ... these are the images of Egypt under the last kings, Fuad and Farouk, in the first half of the twentieth century. This era saw the birth of organized tourism on a grand scale, under the guiding genius of Thomas Cook, with fifty thousand wealthy adventurers boarding boats each year for the Nile. Among this throng, however, were those not content to be simply photographed in front of the ruins and then return home. In a country looking towards Europe and "protected" by the British army, a very particular social set formed in Cairo and Alexandria. Within this cosmopolitan, ephemeral world, cinema and avant-garde theater flourished, featuring such stars as dancer Samia Gamal, director Youssef Chahine, and actor Omar Sharif.

Fascinating and often witty accounts of these times have been left by Egyptian writers and celebrated travelers to the country, including Rudyard Kipling, Jean Cocteau, and André Gide. Extraordinary period photographs also survive, from tourists in white suits and panama hats to exotic local dancers. Together these accounts and photographs offer us a rare glimpse of another era, bringing alive once again the fragile and effervescent glamour of Egypt under the last kings.

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Paru le : 03/10/2003

Thématique : Récits de voyage et exploration Beaux livres Monde

Auteur(s) : Auteur : Alain Blottière

Éditeur(s) : Flammarion

Collection(s) : Non précisé.

Série(s) : Non précisé.

ISBN : Non précisé.

EAN13 : 9782080108883

Reliure : Relié sous jaquette

Pages : 232

Hauteur: 28.0 cm / Largeur 28.0 cm

Épaisseur: 2.2 cm

Poids: 1725 g