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In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet

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Paul Kriwaczek was born in Vienna in 1937. At the age of two he fled Vienna and the Nazi threat with his parents, eventually arriving in England. After qualifying as a dental surgeon in 1962 and traveling extensively in Asia and Africa-including a two-year stint as the only European dentist in Kabul-he joined the BBC as a specialist in Central and South Asian affairs, and then BBC Television as a producer. He took up writing full-time in the 1990s. He lives in London.

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John Yohaelm, March 5, 2007 (view all comments by John Yohaelm)
Kriwaczek has traveled a lot and writes well about what he has seen. Then he creates theories -- that this influenced that, that this undoubtedly caused that -- and is so profligate with verbiage (and references to things strange to the reader) that the images fly by, unquestioned. In fact, it is all smoke and mirrors: he has proved nothing at all. From imagining that a castle in the Caucasus built five hundred years after the Vizigoths resembles a city in France, built in the nineteenth century, 14 centuries after the Vizigoths, he deduces all sorts of untenable religious hypotheses, sums up the complications of history in Reader's Digest fashion, and sells a book that is basically travel reminiscences and historical anecdote. Entertaining but very very thin -- Freya Stark and Rebecca West did this sort of thing much better in a more scholarly era.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400031429
Subtitle:
Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet
Author:
Kriwaczek, Paul
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Influence
Subject:
Zoroastrianism
Subject:
Zoroaster - Influence
Subject:
Zoroastrianism -- Influence.
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Zoroastrianism
Subject:
Religion World-Zoroastrianism
Subject:
religion;history;zoroastrianism;iran;travel;middle east;persia;central asia;comparative religion;ancient history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
20040309
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP. COLOR; 1 MAP
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.06x5.27x.61 in. .63 lbs.

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