The Road to Oxiana (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
416
Utgivningsdatum
2010-04-01
Förlag
Vintage Classics
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maps Illustrations
Illustrationer
Illustrations, maps
Dimensioner
200 x 134 x 28 mm
Vikt
314 g
ISBN
9780099523888
The Road to Oxiana (häftad)

The Road to Oxiana

Häftad Engelska, 2010-04-01
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Discover the ultimate in classic 1930s travel writing. 'A writer of breathtaking prose - prose whose sensuous, chiselled beauty has cast its spell on English travel writing ever since' William Dalrymple In 1933, the delightfully eccentric, Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Tehran to Oxiana - the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which formed part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. His journey ended in what is now Peshawar, Pakistan. While his arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, is a wonder, the journey itself is a captivating, quirky record of his adventures and a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now lost to time and conflict. 'Funny, didactic and biting, Byron's masterpiece transports us across the world and, better still, across the decades' Independent
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I love literary travel books and this is the best one in the English language. Scholarly, eccentric and wildly opinionated -- Tudor Parfitt * Geographical * My favourite travel book is Robert Byron's The Road To Oxiana, which started a new wave of travel writing. I took it on my first trip to Iran. I always take books about the places I'm visiting: I sat in a ruined mosque now populated by sheep and read Byron's wonderful descriptions of it. I think that sowed a seed for the Travel Bookshop -- Sarah Anderson, founder of The Travel Bookshop The Road to Oxiana is an informed, somewhat high-flown account of the early Islamic architecture of Persia and Afghanistan wrapped in a comic narrative that ensured a far wider readership... Funny, didactic and biting, Byron's masterpiece transports us across the world and, better still, across the decades to splendidly alien lands * Independent * The Road to Oxiana is part travelogue, part aesthetic manifesto and part social observation; it remains the most thoroughly readable of all books. And Byron is the ideal companion, witty, charming, irascible, and content to leave and be left alone * The Times * A brilliantly-wrought expression of a thoroughly modern sensibility, a portrait of an accidental man adrift between frontiers * New York Review of Books *

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Robert Byron was born in England in 1905 into a family distantly related to Lord Byron. He attended Eton and Merton College, Oxford, and wrote several other travel books before his untimely death in 1941 when his ship to West Africa was torpedoed while serving as a correspondent for a London newspaper during World War II. Among his other books are The Station (1928), The Byzantine Achievement (1929), and First Russia, Then Tibet (1933).