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Asia Overland

Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian & Silk Road

What was it really like to travel the iron rails of the Trans-Siberian Railway in its early years, the dusty, parched tracks of the Silk Road in its heyday, or the rugged, dangerous mountain passes into and out of the Indian subcontinent? Eurasia's great land routes, offspring of the ambition of Russian tsars, Chinese emperors and Mughal khans, have served human history well, acting as conduits for trade, religion and cultural conventions, and as avenues down which conquering armies and commercial pioneers swarmed in the forging of empires. With wit and humor, Omrani weaves a tapestry of tales and reports by a panoply of travelers down the centuries, taking the reader on an exciting journey that crosses continents and spans epochs. Richly embellished with stunning photography, detailed maps and fascinating archival illustrations, Asia Overland is a compelling piece of travel literature that will appeal to both modern-day explorers and armchair travelers alike.


“...I think it looks wonderful: wish I'd had it when I did In Xanadu...” - William Dalrymple

“...Asia Overland is a taut single volume which skillfully collects 2000 years of travelling experiences in Russia and Central Asia ... but its real aim is to create a sense of timeless wonder, tempting the latent Romantic to explore the wonders of a vast region still relatively unknown in Western Europe and the United States...an absolute must-have for anyone with an interest in Russia and Asia and their history, people and customs...” - Julian Gallant for the GB-Russia Society

“...The historical and geographical scope of this book is vast, and the sheer variety of peoples, customs and anecdotes can be dizzying; but then, the distances traveled astonished even locals. Anton Chekhov, riding the newly built Trans-Siberian in the 1890s, commented on the never-ending larch, spruce and pine forests: 'Over the first 24 hours you pay no attention to it, by the second and third day you are full of wonderment, and by the fourth and fifth you experience the sensation that you will never manage to emerge from this green monster' ... Asia Overland is richly researched and well organized ... a fine addition to the travel trunk and warm encouragement to anyone looking to offset their carbon footprint. ...” - Steppe magazine

“...Beautifully illustrated...well-written and drawing upon numerous resources, Asia Overland should appeal to readers fascinated by the region's history just as much as it would to travellers planning to set out along either of these great routes. Omrani succeeds in painting a vivid picture of the peoples seen along the way...A very engaging read from start to finish. ...” - Real Travel (Book of the Month, August 2010)

“...From recollections of the drunks who stumbled out of Moscow and St Petersburg's bars to the traditional nomad tribes of Mongolia, this engaging book reveals in candid detail what people thought of the rough - and often savage - landscapes they encountered...” - Wanderlust

“...First-class storytelling... will take you through the ups and downs, and leave you aching to take off....” - Time Out

“...I really enjoyed this book. The author mixes in a series of historic travelogues with the history of the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Silk Road in a way that made me feel like I was traveling along these routes in the 1600-1800s. Photos are amazing, too. Now, I have several new future travel destinations!...” - Amazon reader


+ Works both as a travel companion and historical travelogue

+ Source material from a diverse range of travel luminaries, from George Kennan to Anton Chekhov, Fa Xian and Xuanzang to Marco Polo and Matteo Ricci, Sir Clarmont Skrine and Francis Younghusband to Peter Fleming and Mildred Cable, Lord Curzon and Sir Alexander Burnes to Yakut al-Hamawi and Ruy Gonzales de Clavijo

+ Fascinating archival images rarely seen outside their home countries

+ Lavish, broad-ranging photography

+ Succinct travel information section for the modern traveler

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Bijan Omrani - Author


Publication Date : July 2010
Category : TRAVEL/History/Literature/Asia
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622178111
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-811-3
Edition : First Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 29.95, GB£ 19.95
Format : 8.25in x 6 in
Pages : 544
Photos : 452
Maps : 27

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