About the Book

Beauty & the East

Beauty & the East

February 2001
Trade Paperback · 160 Pages
$24.95 U.S. · $30.00 CAN
ISBN 9780863560811
Saqi Books


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This fascinating story of body care and the creation of sensual ambiance focuses on customs practised in the Middle East, Africa and India and takes a humorous look at the often converse attitudes towards the body prevailing in the West.

About the Author

Dancer and writer Wendy Buonaventura has pioneered the development of Arabic dance as a theatre art in the West and her work has been featured at festivals throughout Europe and in the United States. Her last book, on the history of Arab women's dance, Serpent of the Nile, was chosen as The Observer Book of the Year.