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Shadow of the Silk Road (P.S.)by Colin Thubron
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To travel the Silk Road, the greatest land route on earth, is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions, and inventions. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart, and camel, Colin Thubron covered some seven thousand miles in eight months—out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey—and explored an ancient world in modern ferment.
To be travelling the Silk Road is to be travelling the history of the world: tracing the passage not just of trade and armies, but also of ideas, religions and inventions. Thubron's chosen route passes through China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. It is a brilliant account of an ancient world in modern ferment.
In his latest absorbing travel epic, the author of "In Siberia" and "Mirror to Damascus" follows the course--or at least the general drift--of the ancient network of trade routes that connected central China with the Mediterranean Coast.
About the Author
An award-winning novelist and travel writer, Colin Thubron's books include Among the Russians, In Siberia, and the New York Timesbestseller Shadow of the Silk Road. He lives in London.
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