News from Tartary describes a phenomenally successful attempt that legendary adventurer Peter Fleming made to travel overland from Peking to Kashmir. The journey took seven months and covered about 3,500 miles. and Motivated largely by curiosity, he set out with his companion Ella Maillart across a China torn by civil war to journey through Xinjiang to British India. It had been eight years since anyone had crossed Xinjiang; in between those who had entered this inhospitable and politically volatile area—under the control of a warlord supported by Stalin's Red Army—seldom left alive. Entering the province by a little known route and following the path of the Silk Road, they ended up in Kashgar before crossing the Pamirs to India. Beautifully written and superbly observed, this is not simply an account of a part of the world few of us will ever see, but also a marvellous insight into the last days of the Great Game, when Britain and Russia still faced each other across a Central Asia in a state of anarchy.
About the Author
Peter Fleming, OBE, (1907-1971) was a journalist and writer and one of the last great adventurers of the twentieth century. He began his career as a special correspondent with The Times and later wrote for The Spectator. He served with the Grenadier Guards during World War II and from 1942 was in charge of military deception operations in Southeast Asia. He is author of several classic books, which include Brazilian Adventure, To Peking, Bayonets to Lhasa, Operation Sea Lion (The Peter Fleming Collection, Tauris Parke Paperbacks), and One's Company. In his memory, The Royal Geographical Society established The Peter Fleming Award for projects that seek to advance geographical science.
Table of Contents
Foreword * Heading for Trouble * Zero Hour * Heroine * Two’s company? * The Forbidden Province * Exiles and Armaments * Nightmare Train * Railhead * Fits and Starts * A Lorry and the Liu Pan Shan * Open Arrest * The Skin of our Teeth * The Mountain Road * Defeat? * Confined to Barracks * The Great Lamasery * Escape from Officialdom * The Good Samaritans * Into the Blue * Travelling Light * The Prince of Dzun * The Caravan Marches * Winds and Wild Asses * Night-March to the end of the World * No Man’s Land * The Lost City * Patience * Empty Days * The Good Companions * Travelling Blind * Borodishin Takes Charge * No Picnic * The Gorges of the Boron Kol * Lost * The Turbaned-heads * Birthday * Casualities * We say Good-bye to Slalom * Grass, Men, News * Thalassa Thalassa * Brave New World * Rule Britannia * The Desert Road * Dirty Work * The Red Army Lends a Hand * Russia Racketeers * The New Imperialists * Cherchen * Thirst * A cuckoo-clock in Keriya * Rebels Don’t care * Khotan * The Vanished leader * The Last of Tungan Territory * Hoboes on Horseback * The Roof of the World * Kashgar-Les-Bains * Wings over Turkistan * Into Pamirs * The Last Town in China * The Russian Agent * The Pass of a Thousand Ibex * News from Home * A Thousand Welcomes * Sahibs * Gilgit at Last * Last Lap * Triumphal Entry * Index