Marsden, Philip The Crossing Place

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A reissue of Philip Marsden’s breathtaking, award-winning account of the history of one of the world’s most extraordinary peoples.

After centuries of prominence as a world power, Armenia has withstood every attempt during the 20th century to destroy it. With a name redolent both of dim antiquity and of a modern world and its tensions, the Armenians founded a civilization and underwent a diaspora that brought many of the great ideas of the East to Western Europe. Today, shrunk to a tenth of its former size and wracked by war with Azerbaijan and by earthquakes, its people still retain one of the world's most fascinating and misunderstood cultures.

This book is a passionate and dramatic portrait of this country – the people and their massive exodus, as well as of the unique society that remains tentatively attached to the CIS. Travelling from Venice to Istanbul, passing through Eastern Europe, Beirut and Syria, and crossing the Black Sea to the Caucasus and into Armenia, the Philip Marsden takes us on a journey through time and history as we come to know this closed society.

‘The Crossing Place’ is a quest to discover the secret of one of the world's most extraordinary peoples. Caught between opening empires, between warring religions and ideologies – at the crossing place of history – the Armenians have somehow survived against the odds.

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A revised and updated edition of Philip Marsden’s classic travel book, published to coincide with the centenary of the Armenian massacres.

After centuries of prominence as a world power, Armenia has withstood every attempt during the 20th century to destroy it. With a name redolent both of dim antiquity and of a modern world and its tensions, the Armenians founded a civilization and underwent a diaspora that brought many of the great ideas of the East to Western Europe.

The Crossing Place is Philip Marsden’s gripping account of his remarkable journey through the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus in a quest to discover the secret of one of the world’s most extraordinary peoples.

Caught between opposing empires, between warring religions and ideologies – at the crossing place of history – the Armenians have somehow survived against the odds. This is their story – told by one of the finest travel writers at work today.

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‘A stylish and beautifully written elegy to a lost civilisation….The Crossing Place is about loss and exile, and its pages are full of displaced communities and tenaciously maintained traditions, strange discoveries and odd conversations, all illuminated with brilliant flashes of esoteric learning’ William Dalrymple, Spectator

‘Marsden's fine and unostentatious travel writing is criss-crossed with traces of politics and cultural history… This is a beautifully written book, with enough incident and observation to convey the unpredictabilities of real travel’ Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

‘A terrific travel book’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

‘A wonderful journey recounted with knowledge, humour and a beautiful, elegiac sadness’ Observer

‘An extraordinary travel narrative … As a history of the Armenian spirit in the twentieth century, this is possibly the most important book in decades’ TLS

‘He has gone into a world that remains closed to most outsiders and brought back wonderful pictures’ Independent

‘The way Marsden uncovers the traditions and secrets of these people from right under Europe’s nose is enthralling’ Sunday Times

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