Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-42) was a writer, journalist, and photographer who worked periodically as an archaeologist. Isabel Fargo Cole is a US-born, Berlin-based writer and translator.
"Above all, her discovery of the Orient was a personal one. But the author never loses sight of the historical and social context.... She shows no trace of colonialist arrogance. In fact, the pieces also reflect the experience of crisis, the loss of confidence which, in that decade, seized the long-arrogant culture of the West." (Suddeutsche Zeitung)"