- Gebundene Ausgabe: 139 Seiten
- Verlag: Amer Univ in Cairo Pr (November 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9774161920
- ISBN-13: 978-9774161926
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 25,9 x 2 x 25,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 610.171 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Vintage Alexandria: Photographs of the City, 1860-1960 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – November 2008
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This is an intriguing collection of archival photographs that reveals the forgotten heart of a great cosmopolitan city.Using vintage photographs from the second half of the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth, many of them from private family albums, this book brings to life the world of that vanished Alexandria, a vibrant, stylish, and cosmopolitan city, the largest port in the Mediterranean, that was the prosperous gateway between Egypt and the world. Seen here in the setting of their homes and gardens, and on the city's streets and beaches, the faces of those forgotten Alexandrians come to life: the Greeks, Italians, Jews, and all those others from around the Mediterranean whose energy and expertise helped modernize and develop Egypt, and who planted their family roots in the city.This was the luxuriant and evocative city celebrated by Constantine Cavafy, E.M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell, and they too are included in these pages along with photographs of scenes and people that were familiar to them.Vintage Alexandria traces the development and growth of the city, follows its story through the dramatic events of two world wars, and above all provides a background to the city's place in twentieth-century cultural history, through the eyes of Alexandria's cosmopolitan citizens themselves.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
MICHAEL HAAG is a writer and photographer based in London. He has photographed and written Alexandria Illustrated(AUC Press 2004) and Cairo Illustrated, and he is the author of Alexandria: City of Memory.
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This book, Vintage Alexandria, is not only for those who have known the town but also for others who have read about it and can get a feel of how things were.....
Alexandria was renowned from ancient times. Its famed library and Pharos lighthouse in its Eastern Harbor have become permanent symbols of the achievements of the ancient world. Alexander the Great gave his name to the city after laying out a new design for it. Alexandria's mystique was enhanced further by the writings of Constantine Cavafy, E. M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell.
As three maps show, Alexandria was prominent literally as well as by legend and repute. Three maps show how the part of the city reaching into the sea splits to form two harbors--Western and Eastern. Names of sites and areas in the maps exemplify Alexandria's millennial history and its modern-day cosmopolitan population and its interests.