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In 587 a.d., two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

William Dalrymple is the award-winning author of the British bestsellers In Xanadu and The City of Djinns. He divides his time between London, Edinburgh, and Delhi.

In the spring of A.D. 587, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide and inspiration, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps. Dalrymple's account of his travels, From the Holy Mountain, is an elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and the peoples that have kept its flame alive. It is a rich and gripping blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, threaded through with Dalrymple's unique sense of black comedy.

"Elegant, poignant . . . Courageous . . . Pitting the idealism of the past against the hatred, dispossession, and denial of the present."Karen Armstrong, author of History of God

"This splendid book should take its rightful place on the same shelf as Chatwin's In Patagonia. [It is] rich with the poetry of antique places and transports the fascinated reader smoothly into a vanishing world . . . There are, finally, innumerable wonderful stories in From the Holy Mountain."Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

"Dalrymple is a born travel writer, with a nose for adventure and a reporter's healthy skepticism. His quirky, exhilarating mosaic will appeal to readers of all faiths."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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In 587 a.d., two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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William Dalrymple is the award-winning author of the British bestsellers In Xanadu and The City of Djinns. He divides his time between London, Edinburgh, and Delhi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805061772
Author:
Dalrymple, William
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Dalrymple, William
Location:
New York
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Christians
Subject:
General Transportation
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Edition Number:
1st Owl Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
95
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus 4 four-page black-and-white photogr
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 5.6 x 1.5 in

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In 587 a.d., two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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