Edited by Gianni Guadalupi. Texts by James Justinien Morier
1987 / 268 PAGES.
Language: Two editions: Italian, French
Early 19th-century Persia, the land of roses and severed heads, travelled over by an irreverent diplomatic caravan belonging to His Majesty of Britain.
Depicted by poets and storytellers as Gulistan, “the land of roses”, Persia was actually a land of stony ground, ruins and lizards: its vast, long-renowned cities were filled with rubble and scorpions, with nightly raids by herds of jackals; its Eden-like oases squatted between flat, solitary stretches of sun-baked sand; its heat melted wax; at night, its droughts caused phantasmagorical sparks to burst from the tails of travelling horses at night; its coasts were rife with deadly fevers; its royal dwellings greeted visitors with pyramids of shiny skulls – a warning to keep the peace from Eastern despotism to its subjects.