The Lost Heart of Asia

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Random House, Jan 1, 1994 - Asia, Central - 374 pages
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A land of enormous proportions, countless secrets, and incredible history, Central Asia--the heart of the great Mongol empire of Tamerlane, site of the legendary Silk Route and scene of Stalin's cruelest deportations--is a remote and fascinating region. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of newly independent republics, Central Asia--containing the magical cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, and terrain as diverse as the Kazakh steppes, the Karakum desert, and the Pamir mountains--has been in a constant state of transition. The Lost Heart of Asia takes readers into the very heart of this little visited, yet increasingly important region, delivering a rare and moving portrayal of a world in the midst of change.

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The only fancy thing is the purple prose. - Goodreads
Thubron is, I think, an amazing writer. - Goodreads
Pictures and more detailed maps would have been nice. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Hana - Goodreads

Central Asia Thubron's 1990 travels into the newly independent nations that were once the heart of the ancient Mongol Empire of Tamerlane on the legendary Silk Route, but more recently were the scene of Stalin's cruelest deportations. Read full review

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User Review  - Michal Huniewicz - Goodreads

I read this after coming back from Uzbekistan in 2014, so it was interesting to compare the author's ideas (book written in mid 90s) about the future of the region with reality. The book seems quite perceptive and well-written to me, with a touch of sense of humour. Read full review


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