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The book is a gripping, humorous account of Byron's adventures, of the people he met along the way and of the architectural treasures of a region now only visited by the most intrepid of Western travellers. Buy this book on amazon. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Visit our adblocking instructions page. Telegraph Travel Galleries. The 20 best travel books of all time. The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron "The Road to Oxiana", written in the form of a diary, is considered by many to be the first example of great modern travel writing indeed some even describe it as the "Ulysses" of travel writing.
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Robert Byron by James Knox, published by John Murray in , remains the principal biographical source. In the same year, accompanied by his friend Christopher Sykes, but tormented by his unrequited love for Desmond Parsons, Byron set out on a journey to Persia and Afghanistan, by way of Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad, in search of the origins of Islamic architecture. After many vicissitudes, The Road to Oxiana the remote northern borderland of Afghanistan became the record of his month journey, a fabulous and intoxicating weave of surreal vignettes, journal entries and odd playlets. In these gorgeous pages, poetry, gossip and scholarship become braided into an exotic tapestry that dazzles as much today as it did on publication.
The 100 best nonfiction books: No 40 – The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron (1937)
A real-life adventure that inspired countless travellers in fact and fiction, the Penguin Classics edition of Robert Byron's The Road to Oxiana includes an introduction by Colin Thubron. The Road to Oxiana offers not only a wonderful record of his adventures, but also a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travelers. Byron's The Road to Oxiana is considered by many modern travel writers to be the first example of great travel writing. Robert Byron. Robert Byron was born in England in into a family distantly related to Lord Byron. He attended Eton and Merton College, Oxford, and wrote several other travel books before his untimely death in when his ship to West Africa was torpedoed while serving as a correspondent for a London newspaper during World War II. Our Lists.