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When All the Lands Were Sea


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In the course of his long and distinguished career, Tor Eigeland has been published in such publications as Time-Life Books, Fortune, Newsweek, and Saudi Aramco World, to name but a few. He has collaborated on ten books for the National Geographic Society, and his assignments have taken him to some of the most remote corners of the globe. He now resides in the south of France.


During the 1990s, the Iraqi government drained the marshes between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, destroying the millennia-old heritage and homeland of its residents, the Marsh Arabs. Decades before, in 1967, photojournalist Tor Eigeland visited and recorded their way of life. This book is that precious record and it stands as a valuable complement to the scarce books on these people, including explorer Wilfrid Thesiger's classic The Marsh Arabs and Edward Ochsnenschlager's ethnoarcheological study Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden. Eigeland entertains with his adventures and captures the atmosphere with his prose, but his photographs are this volume's strength. Most are candid; where they're posed, the people's warmth and character shines. He records all aspects of their lives such as building with reeds, cooking, fishing, hunting and playing. This book suits home coffee tables as well as the bookshelves of anyone interested in the human history of Iraq.

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