Shadow of the Silk Road

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The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries and veins, splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia, passing through China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, and the most sterile desert on earth: the Taklamakan. This book traces the passage not just of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.

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A journey along the greatest land route on earth, from the master of travel writing Colin Thubron

On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. Covering over 7000 miles in eight months Thubron recounts extraordinary adventures – a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell during the SARS epidemic, undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic in Iran – in inimitable prose. Shadow of the Silk Road is about Asia today; a magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment.

‘It is hard to think of a better travel book written this century’ Times

‘Thubron is the pre-eminent travel writer of his generation’ Sunday Telegraph

Additional information

Weight 0.266 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.4 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

363

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

915.80443 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K