Ella Maillart [1903-1997] Annemarie Schwarzenbach [1908-1942]
Ella Maillart born in Switzerland , was an intrepid woman ,a sailor and an International skier .Her passion was travel . From the 1930s onwards , she spent years exploring Asia , Soviet Turkestan , Manchuria , China . With her partner ,the gifted Swiss poet Annemarie Schwarzenbach she went to Afghanistan ,Turkmenistan and 1940 they drove from Geneva to Kabul . Their photographs ,Maillart’s films and writings about their journeys , are fascinating records of life in those remote places. Maillart spent the war-years in South India with her cat Ti Puss while Schwarzenback carried on travelling as an accredited journalist to the Free Press. She died in a bicycle accident which cut a very short but prolific career short.