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  • Taschenbuch: 318 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; Auflage: Reissue. (18. Mai 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0195325605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195325607
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,1 x 1,3 x 13,2 cm
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Certainly the wittiest book, and perhaps the wisest, to have been written in English about Iran. Christopher de Robert Byron was born in England in 1905 into a family distantly

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Robert Byron was born in England in 1905 into a family distantly related to Lord Byron. He attended Eton and Merton College, Oxford, and wrote several travel books before his untimely death in 1941, while serving as a correspondent for a London newspaper during World War II.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von am 15. August 2013
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Das beste Reisebuch der Dreißiger? Bruce Chatwin huldigt ihm und seinem Autor in einem wenig informativen, aber hymnischen Vorwort meiner englischen Picador-Taschenbuchausgabe. Der große Dalrymple scheint zuzustimmen. Ein Erfolg war das Buch jedoch offenbar nicht.

Byron interessiert sich kaum für die Menschen unterwegs. Das sind alles Eseltreiber, Fahrer, bestenfalls Botschaftsangehörige. Die Bewohner eines Landstrichs nennt er pauschal "seedy mongrels". Zweimal hat er mild unfreundliche Begegnungen mit zwei unterschiedlichen Arabern und folgert: "So much for Arab charm." Dieser Byron hegt wohl nicht nur ein Faible für Architektur und Geschichte Zentralasiens, er scheint auch ein Völkerkundler von Gnaden zu sein.

Stimmt, es gibt einige pfiffige Dialoge, die Byron allerdings oft mit seiner schneidend arroganten Ironie prägt. Ansonsten lesen wir lange historische, kunsthistorische und architekturgeschichtliche Betrachtungen, Ruinenbesichtigung im Überfluss, und dann wieder resignierten Spott über das nächste verlauste Übernacht-Loch. Alkohol oder dessen Mangel thematisiert Byron auch wiederholt. Selten hatte ich Hot Country Reading, bei dem Land und Leute so wenig zu Leben kamen; seine nicht-enden-wollenden deskriptiven Absätze wirken heute noch langatmiger, da man das alles mit einem Klick in Google Streetview sieht. Andere Buchausgaben zeigen offenbar Byrons eigene Fotos, nicht so jedoch mein Picador-Taschenbuch.
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A classic of travel writing 24. Januar 2008
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Please look past the one-star review of the previous reviewer...check out other editions of the book and you'll get a truer picture. Byron was notoriously opinionated but that is what makes the book. If you have delicate sensibilities, you may want to skip this. Byron wasn't comprehensive so you are reading literature here, not a complete guidebook. His strengths were a love of architecture and hatred of hypocrisy.

This edition has the added bonus of a Preface by Rory Stewart, recent author of THE PLACES IN BETWEEN and THE PRINCE OF THE MARSHES, about Afghanistan and Iraq respectively.

My only quibble with this edition is with the photographs. They are printed on the same paper stock as the text. The publisher can do better than this with a classic.
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Unhampered by unjudgementalism... 15. August 2008
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Byron had an hysterical knack for seeing right into the souls of the various persons he met on his didn't matter who the person was or of what ethnic group or nationality - none were spared the naked opinions of Mr. Byron, and the result is perhaps one of the best books I have read in the last decade. The serious looks at the peoples and places of a part of the world that remains today mysterious and troubled are enlightening when seen in the historical flow. Byron was interested in a type of Islamic architecture that through his writing became known to the West and I hope more appreciated in the lands he traveled.

I urge you to read this book. My copy is a small edition brought out by a now defunct publisher back in the 90s, and I waited about ten years before I got around to reading it. DO NOT take this long! If you are a reader who wants more than just the latest best seller, and you don't shy away from learning - this book is for you!
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Elegiac travel adventures 5. August 2008
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To dispose with one of the criticisms leveled at this book below: it was in fact written by a highly cultured man who went to Eton and Oxford during a time when those institutions were at their peaks. If you don't know what "elegiac" means, or have the energy to look it up in a dictionary, you won't like this book. If you're looking for funny stories about how the Yak ate somebody's hat, you will be disappointed. Go read something by a Lonely Planet cretin and be happy. This is a serious work of literature, which is why a man like Paul Fussel wrote the introduction.

For those interested in reading high travel literature, or about the history of Jerusalem, Baghdad, Syria, Afghanistan and Persia, this book is wonderful. Because Byron was a highly cultured man, he doesn't merely relate a catalogue of sights he's seen, people he has met, and things he's done. His memoir is as much a survey of the history and anthropology of the places he visited as it is "travel book." Many of the monuments he visited are victims of savagery, and the lead Afghanistan had over Persia in those days in terms of modernization has been lost, perhaps forever.
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Time travel 12. Februar 2010
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If you harbour any thoughts of venturing via Iran into Afghanistan you might want this glimpse into former times. The writing never fails to excite, the humour is exquisite; some of the author's recounting of people and social interraction will have you falling about, though I suspect you'll have had to have had some actual cross cultural experiences to fully appreciate his position. Most poignant, his descriptions of architectural edifaces, of interior decoration, of bridges etc. is enthralling. Many of these places either no longer exist, or exist is a much reduced state. Clearly, he is enthralled by Persepolis and Isfahan and the glories of kufic script. Pp 188-189 elicit his responses to the former, and his reveries about the friday Mosque and the Royal Mosque in the latter, form some of his most sublime utterances(pp195-200). He makes no effort to conceal his disdain for Indians and India, for fellow travellers, be they Russian, American, or German; though his judgements are gently humorous. Given the journal entry mode of the book, there's a wonderful immediacy about this read. Why he records the elevations of his many stop-overs, I have no idea.This is a great read, conveys the rigours of travel back in the 30s, and is a sweet glove fit with contemporary travellers like Thubron.
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"Oxiana" a trip worth taking 5. März 2008
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I have read about how great "Oxiana" is for a long time, so finally reading it is like arriving at a new place after a long journey. The author, who spends most of the book trying to cross Iran in order to get to Afghanistan, makes that country very interesting, especially now 70 years later it is back in the headlines. He intermixes his story with what he has read about "Oxiana." In particular, the ancient civilization in Afghanistan is represented by tombs that are built like towers with a crypt at the top. It is like nothing else I have ever heard of, and I've been reading about Afghanistan for about six years now. Obviously, the trip was very difficult, but the author lets the facts speak for themselves, and always keeps in front of himself and us the glories of a lost world. One of his most interesting stories is of a queen, who seems to have been the Elinor of Aquitaine for the Afghans.
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