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Written with engaging humor, this is Nick Danziger’s account of an 18–month journey “beyond forbidden frontiers” in Asia. Disguised as an itinerant Muslim, and drawing on funds from a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, he set off, walking and hitchhiking his way through southern Turkey and Iran. Following in the wake of a Chinese weapons convoy, he then illegally entered Afghanistan; there, he spent two months with rebel guerillas dodging Russian helicopter gunships. Danziger went on to become the first ...
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Written with engaging humor, this is Nick Danziger’s account of an 18–month journey “beyond forbidden frontiers” in Asia. Disguised as an itinerant Muslim, and drawing on funds from a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, he set off, walking and hitchhiking his way through southern Turkey and Iran. Following in the wake of a Chinese weapons convoy, he then illegally entered Afghanistan; there, he spent two months with rebel guerillas dodging Russian helicopter gunships. Danziger went on to become the first foreigner since the 1949 revolution to cross from Pakistan into the closed western province of China. An incredible journey, brilliantly told. Nick Danziger is an award–winning documentary filmmaker.

A vivid first hand look at life along the old silk route, from a young British traveler who passes for a Muslim.

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Danziger is the stuff that legends are made of…some of the most exciting travel writing I have ever read.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1984, 26-year-old artist Danziger set off from London with a grant to trace the ancient trade routes between western Europe and China, intending ``to bring a greater richness to our British society, and extend our understanding of the world.'' Determined to travel by land, he negotiated a colorful but treacherous route through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, only rarely having been able to obtain requisite visas and not infrequently endangering his life. It is impossible not to admire Danziger's daring and his ingenuity in surmounting cultural, linguistic and legal barriers: he contacts Afghan rebels in Iran to smuggle himself across their border and stays with them as they endure Soviet raids; he evades Pakistani intelligence agents to bluff and bribe his way into China, becoming the first foreigner, he claims, to cross the Khunjerab Pass in 35 years. But readers may question the relevance of Danziger's missionthe narration of his maneuverings (including amorous encounters with women who are otherwise omitted in his book) overshadows observations of the peoples and cultures; moreover, he put himself and those who helped him at risk. The uneven prose reveals an affable but callow man, unable to draw more than stock conclusions from his adventures: ``Revolution is born of a poverty which does not allow the sharing of material wealth. . . we are all the same under the skin.'' Readers will wish that the author's literary abilities were equal to his extraordinary exploits. Illustrated. (September)
Library Journal
The author, an Englishman with a facility for languages, set out in 1984 to retrace portions of the Silk Road. His object: ``to promote greater understanding of the peoples along the route.'' He went through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan (in the company of resistence fighters), Pakistan, and
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679739944
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/12/1988
  • Series: Vintage Departures Ser.
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage departures ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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