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The Places In Between: A vivid account of a death-defying walk across war-torn Afghanistan (Paperback)Rory Stewart (author)
Stewart’s hazardous trek across Afghanistan in 2002 is lyrically rendered in this evocative and moving book which blends the boundaries between politics and travel writing. The author’s descriptive prose is vivid and poetic, but it is his humane encounters with civilians along the route that elevate The Places in Between to something truly special.
Rory Stewart's moving, sparsely poetic account of his walk across Afghanistan in January 2002 has been immediately hailed as a classic. Caught between hostile nations, warring factions and competing ideologies, at the time, Afghanistan was in turmoil following the US invasion.
Travelling entirely on foot and following the inaccessible, mountainous route once taken by the Mohgul Emperor, Babur the Great, Stewart was nearly defeated by the extreme, hostile conditions.
Only due to the help of an unexpected companion and the generosity of the people he met on the way, did he survive to report back with unique insight on a region closed to the world by twenty-four years of war.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 287 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 26 mm
'This is traveling at its hardest and travel-writing at its best' - David Gilmour
'With a deft, at time poetic vividness, he describes an awesome landscape, scarred by a present and a past of violence and death . . . His encounters with Afghans are tragic, touching and terrifying' - The Daily Telegraph
'[Stewart] must have balls of steel, but he writes like and angel all the same' - Giles Foden
'This evocative book feels like a long lost relic of the great age of exploration' - The Guardian
'An astonishing achievement: a unique journey of great courage' - Colin Thubron
'Wise, funny and marvelously humane' - Michael Ignatieff
'An insight into the country that few could match' - The New Statesman
'Thank goodness for brave people doing crazy things and for a writer in the tradition of Thesiger and Thubron' - The Spectator
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