Swiss writer and adventurer Annemarie Schwarzenbach died 70 years ago today, which means – if my extensive knowledge (read: brief Googling) of Swiss copyright law is correct – that her work now enters the public domain. Hopefully this will lead to greater availability of her books in English; that the anniversary of Schwarzenbach’s tragic, premature death is marked this year by the publication of Death in Persia (translated by Lucy Renner Jones) is a promising sign. It follows last year’s double treat of All the Roads are Open (translated by Isabel Fargo Cole) and Lyric Novella (also translated by Jones).
Schwarzenbach visited Persia a number of times throughout the 1930s; it was the scene of her lavender marriage (with a French diplomat, Claude Carac) and a number of liaisons, including a passionate encounter with the daughter of the Turkish ambassador. As well as her writings, she took numerous outstanding photographs of her Persian journeys.