The road to Oxiana

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In 1933, the eccentric travel writer Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana, near the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. Throughout, he kept a thoroughly captivating record of his encounters, discoveries and frequent misadventures. His story would become a bestselling travel book throughout the English-speaking world, until the acclaim died down and it was gradually forgotten. When Paul Fussell published his own book Abroad, in 1982, he wrote that The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book what "Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry". Now this long-overdue reprint will introduce it to a whole new generation of readers. Today, The Road to Oxiana also serves as a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travellers, and a nostalgic look back at a more innocent time.
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Grouping Title road to oxiana
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display_description In 1933, Robert Byron set off from Venice with his friend Christopher Sykes to explore the architecture of the Middle East. Their long and arduous journey took them from Cyprus and Jerusalem to Syria, Iraq, Persia and Afghanistan, and finally Oxiana, a tiny country around the River Oxus, the Greek name for the river Amu Darya, which snakes down from Russia into Afghanistan. They travel by any means necessary (truck, camel, horses and foot), and encounter several setbacks, but their risks are rewarded as they encounter some of the greatest examples of Eastern art and architecture, many of which have now vanished forever. Funny and erudite, The Road to Oxiana's combination of exquisite lyricism, detail and humor gave birth to a new kind of travel literature, serving as inspiration for later writers such as Bruce Chatwin, Peter Matthiesson and Jan Morris.
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subject_facet Afghanistan -- Description and travel, Autobiographies, Byron, Robert, -- 1905-1941, Byron, Robert, -- 1905-1941 -- Travel -- Middle East, Iran -- Description and travel, Islamic architecture -- Afghanistan, Islamic architecture -- Iran, Middle East -- Description and travel
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title_full The road to Oxiana / Robert Byron ; with a new introduction by Paul Fussell, The road to Oxiana [electronic resource] Byron, Robert, 1905-1941.
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