The Road to Oxianaby Robert Byron, Paul Fussell (Introduction)
In 1933 the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Teheran to Oxiana-the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which forms part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. His arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, although a wonder in itself, is not nearly so amazing as the thoroughly captivating, at times zany, record of his adventures.
His story would become a best-selling travel book throughout the English-speaking world. 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 Byron's classic to a whole new generation of readers, at a time when interest in the Middle East has never been greater.
About the Author:
Robert Byron serving as a correspondent for a London newspaper during World War II
- Oxford University Press, USA
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- 8.00(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.82(d)
Meet the Author
Robert Byron was born in England in 1905 into a family distantly related to Lord Byron. He attended Eton and Merton College, Oxford, and wrote several travel books before his untimely death in 1941, while serving as a correspondent for a London newspaper during World War II.
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This book was a lovely surprise about Mr. Byron's travels through Persia and Afghanistan between WWI and WWII. Very timely in light of current events, and a refreshing perspective.
The author truly captured my imagination while reading. This book is so rich in details I could even see myself along with Byron on his journey. It's a classic and a keeper. Byron also has a good sense of humor.