The Road to Oxiana

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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.

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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.

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Robert Byron serving as a correspondent for a London newspaper during World War II

Offers a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travelers.

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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 correspondenBook Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844134229
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 8/24/2004
  • Pages: 320

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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Table of Contents


Part 1
Venice     19
s.s. Italia     20
Cyprus
Kyrenia     22
Nicosia     24
Famagusta     25
Larnaca     27
s.s. Martha Washington     27
Palestine
Jerusalem     28
Syria
Damascus     38
Beyrut     39
Damascus     40
Irak
Baghdad     45
Part 2
Persia
Kirmanshah     49
Teheran     50
Gulhek     53
Teheran     54
Zinjan     55
Tabriz     58
Maragha     61
Tasr Kand     62
Saoma     64
Kala Julk     65
Ak Bulagh     66
Zinjan     67
Part 3
Teheran     69
Ayn Varzan     76
Shahrud     77
Nishapur     78
Meshed     79
Afghanistan
Herat     84
Karokh     108
Kala Nao     110
Laman     114
Karokh     116
Herat     116
Persia
Meshed     119
Teheran     123
Part 4
Teheran     125
Kum     133
Delijan     133
Isfahan     134
Abadeh     137
Shiraz     137
Kavar     141
Firuzabad     144
Ibrahimabad     149
Shiraz     157
Kazerun     157
Persepolis     159
Abadeh     169
Isfahan     170
Yezd     178
Bahramabad     181
Kirman     181
Mahun     182
Yezd     184
Isfahan     184
Teheran     185
Sultaniya     192
Teheran     192
Part 5
Shahi     195
Asterabad     197
Gumbad-i-Kabus     199
Bandar Shah     202
Samnan     203
Damghan     204
Abbasabad     205
Meshed     205
Kariz     213
Afghanistan
Herat     216
Moghor     224
Bala Murghab     231
Maimena     233
Andkhoi     241
Mazar-i-Sherif      243
Kunduz     260
Khanabad     264
Bamian     267
Shibar     271
Charikar     274
Kabul     275
Ghazni     277
Kabul     280
India
Peshawar     283
The Frontier Mail     285
s.s. Maloja     285
England
Savernake     286
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    Excellent read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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