Empires of the Indus The Story of a River

ISBN-10: 0393338606
ISBN-13: 9780393338607
Edition: 2010
Authors: Alice Albinia
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. It has been worshipped as a god, used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today is the cement of Pakistan’s fractious union. Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks. “This turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrative” ( The Guardian ) leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, to the bitter divisions of today. Like Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between , Empires of the Indus is an engrossing personal journey and a deeply moving portrait of a river and its people.

Born in 1976, Alice Albinia read English Literature at Cambridge, and South Asian History at SOAS. In between, she worked for two years in Delhi as a journalist and editor. Her previous book, Empires of the Indus, won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Authors' Club Dolman Travel Award and the Jerwood/Royal Society of Literature Prize.

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The Disappearing River
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