SYRIA: THROUGH WRITERS’ EYES
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With an introduction by Ross Burns, an epilogue by Peter Clark and ten original woodcuts by Mungo McCosh.
Including texts by T.E. Lawrence, Colin Thubron, William Dalrymple, Isabel Burton, Edward Gibbon, Gertrude Bell, Ibn Battuta, Freya Stark, James Elroy Flecker, Ross Burns, Hester Stanhope.
For centuries, visitors have responded to Syria with fascination. In these pages you will eavesdrop on William Dalrymple musing on Byzantine hermits, hear Robin Fedden on Crusader Castles, follow T. E. Lawrence through Aleppo and read the thoughts of Edward Gibbon, Hester Stanhope and Gertrude Bell amongst the ruins of Palmyra. Poet, travel writer and antiquarian book dealer Marius Kociejowski has poured his long experience and continued absorption with Syria into this wide-ranging but exquisitely discriminating collection.
Syria: through writers’ eyes
Written and edited by: Marius Kociejowski
Format: 272pp demi pb
Thirty-three years ago, John Hatt set up as a publisher creating ELAND BOOKS, a company born at south London. John Hatt’s Eland was the first of a wave of travel lists that emerged in the early 1980s, quickly joined by Century Travellers, the Penguin Classic Travel Library, Picador and Virago. You wouldn’t have wanted to put any money on it, but only the Eland list has endured. Nowadays, E-editions enable our books to be read in parts of the world where bookshops do not exist, but otherwise Eland continues, very much as it first started, with between two and eight new titles a year, and run from an attic. It is a classic tale of the Hare and the Tortoise, or should one say the Leopard and the Eland. For one of the defining characteristics of the Eland is that it is no good at high speeds but ‘can trot along at fourteen miles an hour indefinitely.’
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