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1905 Excerpt: ...have come to see the sunset from my roof at Bulak.
On the neighbouring terraces are goats and fowls; an Arab, anxious
for the safety of a goose that has ventured on the ledge, fetches
it back with the aid of a long palm-branch. At the top of a
minaret, I see the form of a muezzin proclaiming the glory of Allah
on this ninth evening of Ramadan. A nearer minaret, pink and
fluted, vainly lifts its balcony: no one appears there; the mosque
is deserted. A grey crow perches on the left horn of the crescent
that adorns its point. In the west, following the line, close by,
along which the Nile flows, the dainty lateen-yards of the cangias
raise their mobile outlines beneath the vast golden dome. Over my
head hangs the quite young moon. A palm-tuft rustles in the cool
wind; tambourines rattle up from the street. Yonder lie the mauve
pyramids. This is the hour when, under the crescent moon, bodies
begin to cast a shadow, a pale, vague shadow, as though all things,
turned to precious stones by the magic of the twilight, do nothing
but delay the light in their flanks of beryl, topaz and pearl. It
is a diaphanous light: the great planet up there must aid it as
well as the moon in its fleeting shadow-life; and it goes down the
stair of my terrace, regretfully, before me. CHAPTER V THE
STREETS--HASHISH--IN LOWER EGYPT I Here, the people spend their
whole lives in the streets: shops, coffee-houses are but large
alcoves opening on the public way. Lumber, dead cats, crumbling
plaster-work, a chaotic heap of dusty rubbish where a little
minaret tilts a wooden roof from which the sun has blistered the
paint, or a palmtree shivers in the wind. Amid these numberless
ruins, in which appears the gaudily-painted door of a bath or the
rush-carpeted threshold of a mosque crowded with...
|Country of origin:
• Robert Humieres
||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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