Edith and I: On the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo

Edith and I On the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo What if a woman from a century ago could help you understand your life now Edith and I on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo tells the story of how tracking down anthropologist aid worker

  • Title: Edith and I: On the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo
  • Author: Elizabeth Gowing
  • ISBN: 9780957409019
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • What if a woman from a century ago could help you understand your life now Edith and I on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo tells the story of how tracking down anthropologist, aid worker and feisty Balkan explorer, Edith Durham, took her biographer to places and decisions she never thought she d reach.It s the story of two Kosovo journeys a century apart.What if a woman from a century ago could help you understand your life now Edith and I on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo tells the story of how tracking down anthropologist, aid worker and feisty Balkan explorer, Edith Durham, took her biographer to places and decisions she never thought she d reach.It s the story of two Kosovo journeys a century apart In 1900, Europe s last wilderness was explored by a most unlikely champion, a stout, stubborn Englishwoman who travelled in her tam o shanter across the Accursed Mountains into Kosovo Edith Durham was dubbed Queen of the Highlanders by the Albanians who honoured her for her anthropological writing, her humanitarian aid and her tireless lobbying for their cause One hundred years later, Elizabeth Gowing came to Kosovo and also fell in love with the country Dividing her time between there and London, she thought that no one would understand her identity crisis but as Elizabeth unravels Edith s story through archives and museum collections in Britain and retraces Edith s steps in Kosovo she learns from her what she should do with her life Tracing the revelations in old diaries, jolting along Kosovan roads in a motokultivator , learning from Edith the secrets of the harem, and from monks the treasures of Unesco World Heritage Site monasteries, Elizabeth travels on Edith s trail and ends up finding not only an Edwardian heroine but also a guide to her own very twenty first century dilemma John McCarthy says of the book, Elizabeth Gowing s descriptions of people and places will have you wanting to head to Kosovo on the next available flight Her passion for the country shines through her quest to discover the life of Edith Durham, another British woman who took Kosovo and Kosovars to her heart Elizabeth s first book, Travels in Blood and Honey becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo Signal Books, 2011 was described by The Times as a sheer delight a beguiling, bittersweet story of a lively love affair with a traditional world in transition to new nationhood , and by The Lady as a bold, unique stride across genres with a sense of humour and Famous Five enthusiasm

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    1. Mary Edith Durham (1863-1944) trained to become an artist (painting and drawing). One of 9 children, it fell to her to look after her ailing mother over a period of many years. Fatigued by this, her own doctor advised her to travel as far away as she could in order to recuperate. It was this travelling that brought her to the southern Balkans at the beginning of the 20th century. She became fascinated by this part of the world. An intrepid traveller and keen observer, Durham, a spinster, began m [...]

    2. When forced to leave Kosovo, the place she had fallen in love with, and return to England, Elizabeth Gowing became more than a little obsessed with the figure of Edith Durham, an Edwardian writer who had travelled in the region a hundred years earlier. Finding so many parallels with her own story in Edith's, Elizabeth started to follow the trail of this fascinating and brave character who needed only her tam o'shanter to shield her from the sun on treks through Albania's Accursed Mountains.Eliza [...]

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