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William Dalrymple - From The Holy Mountain (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B001952
  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - The Rest of The World
  • Published : 1998 (Flamingo / Harper Collins)
  • ISBN : 9780006547747
  • SKU : B001952
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

A rich blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, laced with the thread of black comedy familiar to readers of William Dalrymple’s previous work.

In AD 587, two monks, John Moschos and Sophronius the Sophist, embarked on an extraordinary journey across the Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Their aim: to collect the wisdom of the sages and mystics of the Byzantine East before their fragile world shattered under the eruption of Islam.

Almost 1500 years later, using the writings of John Moschos as his guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their footsteps.

Taking in a civil war in Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the tensions of the West Bank and a fundamentalist uprising in Egypt, William Dalrymple’s account is a stirring elegy to the dying civilisation of Eastern Christianity.

"I have been delighted with it. It is superbly written in an easy to read style. It combines history, both ancient and modern, tales, tall and true, humour, funny and witty with anecdotes about his travel through an area so old the 6th century B.C. is still regarded as relatively recent! The author links ancient tribal wars in countries like Lebanon and Syria with recent conflicts and so putting them into context. I will be looking for more books by this author." - Google Review.


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