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Desert Drama: Being the Tragedy Of The Korosko

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Also published under the title The Tragedy of the Korosko (1898). A group of European tourists are enjoying their trip to Egypt in the year 1895. They are sailing up the River Nile in a "a turtle-bottomed, round-bowed stern-wheeler", the Korosko. They intend to travel to Abousir at the southern frontier of Egypt, after which the Dervish country starts. They are attacked and abducted by a marauding band of Dervish warriors. The novel contains a strong defence of British Imperialism and in particular the Imperial project in North Africa. It also reveals the very great suspicion of Islam felt by many Europeans at the time.

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A DESERT DRAMA

BEING

The Tragedy of the Korosko

BY

A. CONAN DOYLE

WITH THIRTY TWO FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS BY S. PAGET

PHILADELPHIA

J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY 1898

[Illustration: Frontispiece p78]

[Illustration: Titlepage]

TO MY FRIEND JAMES PAYN IN TOKEN OF MY AFFECTION AND ESTEEM

PREFACE

This book has been materially enlarged and altered since its appearance in serial form

A. Conan Doyle

October 17, 1897

A DESERT DRAMA

CHAPTER I

The public may possibly wonder why it is that they have never heard in the papers of the fate of the passengers of the Korosko . In these days of universal press agencies, responsive to the slightest stimulus, it may well seem incredible that an international incident of such importance should remain so long unchronicled. Suffice it that there were very valid reasons, both of a personal and political nature, for holding it back. The facts were well known to a good number of people at the time, and some version of them did actually appear in a provincial paper, but was generally discredited They have now been thrown into narrative form, the incidents having been collated from the sworn statements of Colonel Cochrane Cochrane, of the Army and Navy Club, and from the letters of Miss Adams, of Boston, Mass... Continue reading book >>


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