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Sahara: The Forbidding Sand

Durou, Jean-Marc

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ISBN 10: 0810941872 / ISBN 13: 9780810941878
Published by Harry N. Abrams
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Title: Sahara: The Forbidding Sand

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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A gifted photographer's arresting color pictures bring to life the majestic mountains, lush oases, great shifting sands, and fascinating peoples that make up the incredible landscapes of the famous Sahara.

"The desert cannot be described; it must be lived," states the Saharan nomad whose text opens this sensitive appreciation of the world's largest desert. For readers who will never experience that reality, this volume's stunning photographs and engrossing text will evoke its essence. From Timbuktu and its legendary gold riches to Tuareg nomads and their battles with European expeditions for control of the land, the book unfolds the Sahara's dramatic history of exploration and exploitation. Added to this background are thrilling personal accounts written by explorers, naturalists, and journalists whose own tales of adventure and survival in the ever-changing environment of the Sahara match the passion and sense of wonder conveyed in Durou's photographs.

JEAN-MARC DUROU, a professional photographer, has written widely about the Sahara and other deserts.

MANO DAYAK is a nomad residing in the Sahara.

THÉODORE MONOD is a naturalist and explorer and member of several marine and geographical societies.

BRUNO LAMARCHE, a naturalist, is a professor at the Ecoles Normales Suprieurs of Bamako and Nouakchott.

LOUIS GARDEL is a writer.

HERVÉ DERAIN directs a French travel agency.


IBRAHIM LITNY is a writer. EDMOND BERNUS is an ethnologist, geographer, and research director of ORSTROM.

117 illustrations, 78 in full color, 10 x 121/2"

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For many, the words vast, exotic, dry, and harsh come to mind when the desert is mentioned. Duroc's magnificent photographs and the essays included here don't dispel the myth of the Sahara desert, but they do flesh it out. Duroc and the essayists, including explorers, naturalists, and even natives, try to explain the attraction of the desert even as they marvel at the mystery of it. Why is humanity drawn to regions that are so formidable? Several of the essayists are men who have traveled to the Sahara and have been so captivated by it that they have ended up returning many times or even taking up residence. Duroc has included photographs of several groups of nomads, and two of the essayists are Tuareg nomads who describe the desert as being an essential part of their culture. The amazing photographs of the desert reveal it to be a diverse terrain that includes dunes, mountains, palm trees, and even rivers. Duroc's book is a glorious celebration of the desert in pictures and words. Kristine Huntley
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