The road to Oxiana

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In 1933, the delightfully 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 best-selling 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 travelbook what "Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry." His statements revived the public's interest in the book, and for the first time, it was widely available in American bookstores. Now this long-overdue reprint will introduce it to a whole new generation ofreaders. This edition features a new introduction by Rory Stewart, best known for his book The Places In Between, about his extensive travels in Afghanistan.Today, in addition to its entertainment value, The Road to Oxiana also serves as a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travelers, and a nostalgic look back at a more innocent time.
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Grouped Work IDb5970169-ea3b-ad44-6299-c6056d05fdd5
Grouping Titleroad to oxiana
Grouping Authorbyron robert
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display_descriptionIn 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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ils:.b10852591BookBooksEnglishOxford University Press, 1982.xvii, 292 pages, 13 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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seriesVintage classics
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subject_facetAfghanistan -- Description and travel
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
title_displayThe road to Oxiana
title_fullThe road to Oxiana / Robert Byron ; with a new introduction by Paul Fussell
The road to Oxiana [electronic resource] Byron, Robert, 1905-1941.
title_shortThe road to Oxiana
topic_facetByron, Robert
Description and travel
Islamic architecture