Road to Oxiana
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 More...
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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 travel book 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 of readers. 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.
Robert Byron (1905 - 1941) was one of the twentieth century's greatest travel writers as well as a noted art critic and historian. He is the author of the acclaimedThe Road to Oxiana,considered by many to be the first example of great travel writing. He is also the author ofEurope in the Looking Glassand The Byzantine Achievement.
Paul Fussell,critic, essayist, and cultural commentator, has recently won the H. L. Mencken Award of the Free Press Association. Among his books areThe Great War and Modem Memory,which in 1976 won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award;Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars; Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War;and, most recently,BAD or, The Dumbing of America.His essays have been collected inThe Boy Scout Handbook and Other ObservationsandThank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays.He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches English at the University of Pennsylvania.
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