Afghanistan : A Companion and Guide: Edition en langue anglaise

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Matthew Leeming
Odyssey, 2005 - History - 768 pages
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Thanks to 20 years of civil war and its association with terrorism, Afghanistan is now unjustly thought of in the West as a barbarous backwater. Afghanistan: A Traveler's Companion & Guide aims to dispel this image in a comprehensive introduction to 3,500 years of Afghan culture. Starting with a full history of the country from 1500BC, each chapter looks at the major cities and regions, describing their distinctive cultural and ethnic traditions, their associations with poets, artists, musicians, travelers and holy men, as well as warriors and conquerors. Ancient and modern sources from Afghanistan are extensively quoted, as well as the thoughts, musings and experiences of writers from America, Europe, Russia, China, India and the Middle East, including such luminaries as Wilfred Thesiger and Bruce Chatwin. Experienced Afghan traveler Matthew Leeming contributes detailed information for those who intend to visit the country as tourists, with guides to specific cities and areas, as well as more general advice. A number of short specialist appendices by leading experts further illustrate matters such as archaeology, architecture, carpets, miniature painting, calligraphy, music, flora and fauna. Wonderfully illustrated with superb images from world-renowned photographers such as Michael Yamashita and Roland and Sabrina Michaud. Also includes engravings, etchings, paintings and priceless museum artifacts. This lavish guide reveals the immense treasury of cultural, historical and natural wealth-too frequently forgotten-that is Afghanistan.
  • Written by authors with both academic and first-hand knowledge of the country
  • Essential reading for anyone with an interest in Afghanistan's history
  • Includes stunning contemporary photography from world-renowned photographers such as Michael Yamashita and Roland and Sabrina Michaud
  • Rare archive material includes black-and-white photography by Wilfred Thesiger
  • Literary excerpts from Herodotus to Robert Lowell, Robert Byron, Peter Levi and Bruce Chatwin
  • The most comprehensive coverage, from Alexander the Great to the new constitution
  • 110 stunning color photos
  • 512 pages of invaluable information on Afghanistan

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

A thick heavy book, this is extremely detailed and in depth. Even if you never plan to go here, this is an excellent read to better understand this region and people. With bright glossy pictures and lots of prose, you will get your money's worth. I recommend. Read full review

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User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

Bijan Omrani, knows what he's writing about. Such love, pride and care of this country's heritage is contagious. The writing is fluent, colorful, passionate. A pleasure to read! I would love to be at ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Bijan Omrani attended Lincoln College, Oxford. His first book, Ticking Tom and the Tornado , was published when he was 10 years old, which he followed with contributions to The Spectator as an undergraduate. His research interests include Euripides, mysticism, Henry Purcell and the history of the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. He is the author and editor of various works on Central Asia including Asia Overland: Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian and Silk Road (Odyssey Books & Guides), and also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He teaches Classics at Westminster School.

Matthew Leeming was educated at Trinity College, Oxford. He has written onAfghanistan for the Times (London), Sunday Telegraph , Spectator , and the LiteraryReview . He is based near Winchester in southern England and travels often toKabul.

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