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WIND, SAND & SILENCE - Travels with Africa''s Last Nomads'

Englebert, Victor (text and photos)

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ISBN 10: 0811800105 / ISBN 13: 9780811800105
Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1992
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From 1965 to 1991 author lived and travelled with the nomads of Africa. Nice bright clean tight unmarked copy. 10-1/2 x 12-1/2, 184 pp, many double-page color-photo spreads, black endpapers. Fine unmarked, in Fine unclipped jacket. Hardcover in navy cloth boards with black titling, color-photo jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 14968

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Title: WIND, SAND & SILENCE - Travels with Africa''...

Publisher: Chronicle Books, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st printing..

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Wind, Sand, & Silence is an extraordinary photographic document by world traveler/photographer Victor Englebert. Over a period of twenty-six years - from 1965 to 1991 - Englebert lived and traveled with the nomads of Africa. While accompanying them on their journeys across the vast African terrain, or simply living with them in their camps, Englebert captured stunning images of their daily lives amid the barren beauty of their surroundings.
Englebert journeyed across the spectacular Sahara with two men from the Tuareg tribe; he joined a salt caravan traveling on camelback through the Tenere, a desert within the Sahara and one of the bleakest places on earth; he lived with the shy, gentle, and elusive Bororo, whose only wish is to be beautiful and to dance every day; he traveled with the Danakil who, until recently, considered it their duty to kill intruders; and he lived with the fiercely independent Turkana, who are in constant conflict with other nomads over scarce pasture and water on the fringes of their territory.
This personal, anecdotal account of Englebert's travels is a captivating story, a documentary of a way of life that is quickly disappearing, and a moving record of a noble and exotic culture.

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This is a throwback to a type of book popular in the 19th century, when seemingly every traveler or missionary who had spent time in Africa wrote a book about life there. Back then, such books were illustrated with line drawings and prints. Englebert's volume, which focuses on four nomadic peoples of Africa's desert regions, instead presents numerous color photographs of peoples and landscapes. Unfortunately, the book suffers from many of the same problems of its 19th-century predecessors. The text, essentially a traveler's journal, at times becomes tediously trivial . It also expresses an overly romantic view of African life, reveals a limited understanding of African realities, and presents what passes as ethnographic information in a disjointedly anecdotal manner. While it is interesting as an adventurer's memoirs and as an impressionistic view of Africa's nomads, this book's usefulness to African and ethnographic studies is very limited.
- Dr. Eugene C. Burt, Seattle
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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