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One Sunday afternoon in a secluded valley in Normandy, Robert Dessaix chanced upon the castle where the famous French writer Andre Gide spent his childhood. Recalling the excitement Robert felt when he first read Gide as a teenager, he set off to recapture what it was that once drew him so strongly to this enigmatic figure.

On a magic carpet ride from Lisbon to the edge of the Sahara, from Paris to the south of France and Algiers, Robert takes us to the places where the Nobel Prize-winning author, in ways still scandalous to modern sensibilities, lived out his unconventional ideas about love, marriage, sexuality and religion.

Featuring meditations and conversations with fellow travellers on such diverse subjects as why we travel, growing old, illicit passions, and the essence of Protestantism - and illustrated with over 100 stunning illustrations and photos - Arabesques is Robert Dessaix and travel memoir at their absolute finest.

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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Arabesques
Author(s): Robert Dessaix
ISBN: 0-330-42405-X / 978-0-330-42405-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador Australia
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: ARABESQUES: A Tale of Double Lives
Author(s): Robert Dessaix
Publisher: Brio Books
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