"Mediterranean Winter" is a lyrical account of Robert Kaplan's journey in the off season around the Mediterranean, retracing the footsteps of his youth. A beautifully written meditation on the golden age of travel and the pleasures of history, it takes us from Tunisia, once proud Carthage, rival to Rome, through Sicily, up the Dalmatian coast and into Greece. "Mediterranean Winter" is alive with the spirits of the past, from Hadrian and Homer to Hannibal and Ibn Khaldun, and closes with a fascinating pilgrimage to Patrick Leigh Fermor, whom Kaplan visits in his hideaway on the Aegean.
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"* 'Kaplan's act of literary pilgrimage is a fitting climax to a book that treats reading as an adjunct of tourism or as the author puts it, "a way of dissecting the surrounding landscape and my own motivations for being there'" - The Financial Times * 'Fascinating... It is as though you are on a holiday with a fabulously well-informed tour guide.' - Guardian * 'A writer of extraordinary intellect and passion - with a wonderfully lucid way of relating history as a living thing.' - San Francisco Chronicle"From the Publisher:
A beautifully written travel memoir steeped in history by one of America's leading travel writers, author of the landmark international bestseller Balkan Ghosts
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Book Description ARROW (RAND), 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099484404
Book Description ARROW (RAND), 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099484404