Hardinge Simpole

Barefoot Through Mauretania
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By Puigaudeau, Odette du. With a new Introduction by Caroline Stone.
ISBN 1843822016
SERIES Travellers in the Wider Levant
Paperback  First  264 pages
Published 30 September, 2009
UK Price £14.95   
US Price $25.00   

Odette du Puigaudeau is best known for her major ethnographic work, Arts et Coutumes des Maures, a detailed study, in words and drawings, of the cultural world of the nomads of Mauretania. The present work explains how she came to write it. Barefoot Through Mauretania is an account of her first journey across the country by camel in 1933-4, with her life-long companion, Marion SÚnones. The book records the adventures of the two women during that year, often with a touch of humour. Above all, however, it presents a picture of a way of life that has, as they feared, almost vanished, and their determination that it should be recorded. Odette du Puigaudeau wrote a number of other books on different aspects of nomad life, such as the salt caravans and date markets, as well as articles on prehistoric rock-drawings, and a charming tribute to her pet leopard, Rachid.

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