THE WILDER SHORES OF LOVE: THE STORIES OF FOUR NINETEENTH-CENTURY WOMEN WHO TRAVELED EAST

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Originally published in 1954, The Wilder Shores of Love pioneered a new kind of group biography focusing on four nineteenth-century European women "escaping the boredom of convention". They leave behind them the industrialized West for the Middle East, to find love, fulfillment, and "glowing horizons of emotion and daring".

Isabel Burton (who married the Arabist and explorer Richard), Jane Digby el-Mezrab (Lady Ellenborough, the society beauty who ended up living in the Syrian desert with a Bedouin chieftain), Aimee Dubucq de Rivery (a French convent girl captured by pirates who was gifted to the Sultan’s harem in Istanbul), and Isabelle Eberhardt (a Swiss-Russian linguist who felt most comfortable in boy’s clothes and lived among the Arabs in the Sahara).

Lesley Blanch felt the greatest affinity with Jane Digby, the society beauty who ended up living in the Syrian desert with a Bedouin chieftain: "She had a superb home in Damascus, was uninhibited, rode through life jumping all the fences, social and moral." 

A scholarly romantic, Lesley Blanch influenced and inspired generations of writers, readers and critics. The Wilder Shores of Love has remained in print in English since it was first published, and is considered to be an excellent example of the genre narrative non-fiction. 

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Lesley Blanch was a distinguished writer, artist, drama critic, and features editor of British Vogue during World War II. The author of twelve books, including Journey into the Mind's Eye, The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus, Around the World in 80 Dishes, Pierre Loti, Pavilions of the Heart and The Nine Tiger Man, she died in 2007, age 103. Her memoirs On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life are published by Virago. To learn more about Lesley, visit her website at lesleyblanch.com

 

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Mar 11, 2015
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讓詹宏志驚豔的傳奇女作家!

一場忠於自我的旅程,橫越俄羅斯找尋最終的歸屬追隨心中的夢土。


一直以來,萊斯蕾.布蘭琪的夢想就跟別人不一樣。當「旅人」還在她小時候走進她的生命裡,就註定了布蘭琪與俄羅斯結下了永恆的契約。


這名「旅人」,沒有名字,甚至沒有人清楚他到底是誰。就一名涉身俄國大革命的人來說,他太務實也太公開;就一名知識份子來說,他太高調;就一名貴族來說,太過不受禮教束縛;就一個資產階級來說,他也太過冒險。總而言之,「旅人」無法被歸類,就像一縷俄羅斯動盪時代的古老靈魂,遊蕩在歐亞大陸,來回穿越西端陰雨綿綿的倫敦,飄蕩到遠東的海參威,凝視無盡的太平洋。這樣的「旅人」,深深吸引著布蘭琪,從裝飾著茶炊的娃娃屋,到高亢的俄羅斯民謠,布蘭琪下定決心,一定要前往西伯利亞——她心中的夢土。


然而,布蘭琪對「旅人」的仰慕,蛻變成愛戀。


從少女時代開始,布蘭琪就夢想著從倫敦乘著火車、橫跨歐洲、直奔西伯利亞的盡頭,跟「旅人」完成這場浪漫的壯遊。「旅人」雖對布蘭琪的渴望嗤之以鼻,卻仍舊不斷滋養布蘭琪對俄羅斯的所有想像,俄羅斯的文學、信仰、地景與人民,無一不是她與「旅人」最緊密的連結,彼此的關係,就在「旅人」既炙熱又豐沛的關注下,從仰慕之情,最終轉變為愛情。布蘭琪對「旅人」的依戀越深,造訪俄羅斯的渴望就越發強烈。這一切都如此理所當然,他們相愛、私定終身,深信總有一天兩人會搭上前往西伯利亞火車,完成布蘭琪多年惦記著的「出走遊戲」,出走到遠東,擁抱她熱愛的一切。


只是在布蘭琪二十歲那年,「旅人」不告而別,再也沒回來。


失去「旅人」的消息,布蘭琪沒有感到一絲懷疑,就像以往「旅人」總是匆忙離開,卻又出乎意料回到英國一樣。可是,隨著俄國大革命爆發、第二次世界大戰戰火蔓延,世界的面貌也以天翻地覆地的方式,徹底改變,「旅人」的消失,逐漸成為心中隱隱作痛的事實。布蘭琪剩下的只是對「旅人」的眷戀,還有那趟說好的火車之旅。


為何「旅人」不告而別?俄國大革命後他能在哪?布蘭琪在流亡倫敦的俄國權貴中,還有在巴黎過著糜爛生活的貴族王公中,試圖追問「旅人」的蹤跡。當她終於掌握到「旅人」最後的訊息後,她義無反顧,決定親自前往俄羅斯看一看。


只是,當前的俄羅斯,是跟「旅人」口中截然不同的國度。戰後旅歸的俄羅斯人,不再順道經過聖彼得堡,如今一趟飛機,就能抵達莫斯科;冒著蒸氣的火車頭,早已更替為先進的柴油動力車;伴隨俄羅斯人閒話家常的茶炊,成了金碧輝煌招待旅客的華美道具;鄂木斯克、新西伯利亞、伊爾庫茨克,再也不是惡寒苦澀的流放目的地,在共產黨的新政下,農工一心,決心創造出嶄新工業化的俄羅斯。那些曾與「旅人」一起分享的古典俄羅斯,不管是托爾斯泰的莊稼生活、杜斯妥也夫斯基的宗教磨難、或是果戈里在平凡生活中提煉出的荒誕幽默,已然脫胎換骨。


「旅人」,真的還在這個已經全然陌生國度嗎?他還在這個看來早已充滿建設希望的西伯利亞嗎?萊斯蕾.布蘭琪乘著前往海參威的特快車,一路向東,她即將找到「旅人」最終的真相……


這是一部旅遊文學,也是一部愛情故事。


萊斯蕾.布蘭琪為了找回一生摯愛,並尋訪深植她心中的俄羅斯,動身前往西伯利亞,深入心目中浪漫傳奇的地域。在禮教重重壓覆的西歐社會,布蘭琪勇於突破身為女性的限制,為自己的存在與想望而燃燒。這場不平凡的旅程,是布蘭琪獻給自己、「旅人」、俄羅斯,以及所有為了夢想而不斷努力實踐的人而寫。


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