Written in lovely prose, this book displays all the skills for
which Thubron is renowned: scholarship, sensitivity, sensibility
and a magical mix of fascinating experiences in the present and
extraordinary evocations of the past. Armed with only a notebook
the book is illustrated only with maps but writing as vivid as this
needs no illustrations.
"It is hard to think of a better travel book written this century" The Times "Shadow of the Silk Road is a work of boundless riches. Every paragraph carries a captivating phrase...offering up an understanding of our world today that is as immediate as tomorrow's news, yet infinitely profound" -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday "One of Thubron's great strengths is his compassion...his shimmering prose creates a wonderful book, so multilayered that, when I reached the end, I wanted to read it all over again" Sunday Times "Rich in humour, compassion and history, another confirmation, if any more were needed, that Thubron is the pre-eminent travel writer of his generation" Sunday Telegraph "A poetic volume - interesting, shocking and deeply engaging, the work of a mature writer at the top of his game" -- Sara Wheeler Daily Telegraph
Colin Thubron ist einer der angesehensten Reiseschriftsteller Englands, vor allem bekannt durch seine beiden auch in Deutschland erfolgreichen Berichte über Rußland (Unter Russen) und China (Im Garten des Drachen), wurde u.a. mit dem "Thomas Cook Travel Book Award" und dem "Hawthornden Prize" ausgezeichnet.
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