Elixir: In the Valley at the End of Time (Hardback)
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Elixir: In the Valley at the End of Time (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 02/02/2023
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Waterstones Says

A masterwork of travel writing fuelled by an impeccable narrative drive, Kassabova’s spellbinding volume takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the history, people and nature of the Mesta River region in her native Bulgaria.

In the valley of the Mesta, one of the oldest inhabited river valleys in Europe, where the surrounding forests and mountains are a nexus for wild plant gatherers, Kapka Kassabova finds a story with vast resonance for us all.

Elixir is an unforgettable exploration of the deep connections between people, plants and place.

Over several seasons, Kassabova spends time with the people of this magical region. She meets women and men who work in a long lineage of foragers, healers and mystics. She learns about wild plants and the ancient practice of herbalism, and experiences a symbiotic system where nature and culture have blended for thousands of years. Through her captivating encounters we come to feel the devastating weight of the ecological and cultural disinheritance that the people of this valley have suffered. Yet, in her search for elixir, she also finds reasons for hope. The people of the valley are keepers of a rare knowledge, not only of mountain plants and their properties, but also of how to transform collective suffering into healing.

Immersive and enthralling, at its heart Elixir is a search for a cure to what ails us in the Anthropocene. It is an urgent call to rethink how we live - in relation to one another, to the Earth and to the cosmos.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787333260
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm


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'In her captivating latest, Kassabova transports us to the Mesta River in her native Bulgaria. Kassabova finds hope that this ancient knowledge still has the power to heal us.' - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

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