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The Road to Oxiana (Paperback): Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana (Paperback)
Robert Byron; Introduction by Colin Thubron
R286 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R108 (38%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

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. In 1933 Robert Byron began a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Teheran to Oxiana - the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which forms part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. 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. Robert Byron (1905-41) was born in 1905, and educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford. He died during the Second World War, when the ship he was serving on was torpedoed by a U-Boat off Cape Wrath. Byron's The Road to Oxiana is considered by many modern travel writers to be the first example of great travel writing. If you enjoyed The Road to Oxiana you might like Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle, also available in Penguin Classics. 'The greatest of all pre-war travel books' William Dalrymple 'What Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what 'The Waste Land' is to poetry, The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book' Paul Fussell 'In any list of the great travel books of the 20th century, Robert Byron's account of his travels in Persia and Afghanistan, The Road to Oxiana, must be put somewhere near the very top' Telegraph

The Road to Oxiana (Paperback, Reissue): Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana (Paperback, Reissue)
Robert Byron
R303 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R58 (19%) 14 working days

In 1933, the delightfully eccentric travel writer Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana, near the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. Throughout, he kept a thoroughly captivating record of his encounters, discoveries, and frequent misadventures. His story would become a best-selling travel book throughout the English-speaking world, until the acclaim died down and it was gradually forgotten. When Paul Fussell published his own book Abroad, in 1982, he wrote that The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book what "Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry." His statements revived the public's interest in the book, and for the first time, it was widely available in American bookstores. Now this long-overdue reprint will introduce it to a whole new generation of readers. This edition features a new introduction by Rory Stewart, best known for his book The Places In Between, about his extensive travels in Afghanistan. Today, in addition to its entertainment value, The Road to Oxiana also serves as a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travelers, and a nostalgic look back at a more innocent time.

The Road to Oxiana (Standard format, CD): Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana (Standard format, CD)
Robert Byron; Read by Barnaby Edwards
R731 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R218 (30%) 14 working days
New Delhi - New annotated edition (Paperback): Robert Byron New Delhi - New annotated edition (Paperback)
Robert Byron
R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 14 working days
The Road to Oxiana - New linked and annotated edition (Paperback): Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana - New linked and annotated edition (Paperback)
Robert Byron
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 14 working days
The Birth of Western Painting - A History of Colour, Form and Iconography (Hardcover): Robert Byron, David Talbot Rice The Birth of Western Painting - A History of Colour, Form and Iconography (Hardcover)
Robert Byron, David Talbot Rice
R3,908 Discovery Miles 39 080 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

First published in 1930, this book deals with Byzantine art, not as an isolated province, but as one intimately connected with the subsequent history of European painting. After a summary of the whole question in its relation to modern art, the second chapter opens with a novel analysis of the iconoclast controversy, and shows how it was only by this movement that Hellenistic naturalism was finally vanquished and the seed of interpretational art planted in Europe in its stead. The third chapter reveals how this seed was nourished by the Constantinopolitan Renascence, and how that event, combined with the increasing humanisation of religious emotion, culminated, not only in Duccio and Giotto, but in the equally important work of their contemporaries at Mistra and Mount Athos. A detailed account of these works is given and in the last part of the book, the mystery of El Greco is finally resolved. The book is based, not only on extensive research but on personal observation of nearly all the works mentioned, in Constantinople, Greece, Crete, Italy, and Spain. It is an important and exciting addition to the history of European Art and establishes, scientifically, theories which only existed in conjecture before its publication. The book includes 94 black and white plates.

The Byzantine Achievement - An Historical Perspective, A.D. 330-1453 (Hardcover): Robert Byron The Byzantine Achievement - An Historical Perspective, A.D. 330-1453 (Hardcover)
Robert Byron
R3,856 Discovery Miles 38 560 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

First published in 1929, this highly influential study offers a historical perspective on the Byzantine Empire, from the establishment of Constantinople by Emperor Constantine around 330 AD, through to the fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1453 AD. Byron's work considers the empire in its entirety, assessing the highs and lows across a thousand year period. He provides insights into trade, culture, the organs of state, religion, the imperial rulers, and the battle with the Ottoman Empire, which would ultimately end in the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the end of the final remnants of the Roman Empire.

An Essay on India (Hardcover): Robert Byron An Essay on India (Hardcover)
Robert Byron
R2,919 Discovery Miles 29 190 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

First published in 1931, Robert Byron's Essay on India evaluates the state of colonial rule in India and analyses the contemporary problems facing the country. Based upon Byron's travelling experiences within India in 1929 as a correspondent for the Daily Express, the work explores political factors more fully than in Byron's earlier writings, evaluating the successes and failures of British colonialism in the region.

A Pane of Glass - Evil is real. So is Love. (Paperback): Robert Byron Stockdale A Pane of Glass - Evil is real. So is Love. (Paperback)
Robert Byron Stockdale
R341 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R60 (18%) 14 working days
First Russia, Then Tibet - Travels Through a Changing World (Paperback, New): Robert Byron First Russia, Then Tibet - Travels Through a Changing World (Paperback, New)
Robert Byron
R360 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R70 (19%) 14 working days

Over the course of several months during 1931 and 1932, Robert Byron journeyed to three countries teetering on the brink of change. In Russia, which was stricken by famine, Lenin had just died, Stalin's dictatorship was in its infancy and the Great Terror was yet to begin. Having taken the first commercial flight to India, which took a week, Byron was thrown into the tumultuous last years of the British Raj. Gandhi was imprisoned while rioting and clashes between Hindus and Muslims had become commonplace. Finally Byron entered Tibet, the forbidden country. Exploring the Land of Snows, he saw Tibet as it was when the then Dalai Lama was still ensconced in the Potala Palace, twenty years before China's invasion. Blending classic travel writing with passionate observations on the deeper political and social issues of the time, Byron writes with uncanny prescience of the eventual horrors of the Soviet Union and the downfall of the Raj. As a piece of travel literature, "First Russia, Then Tibet" is compelling and beautifully-written. As a portrait of these countries in the 1930s, it is invaluable. Ultimately, it illuminates the constant quest for meaning that underscored Robert Byron's life and travels.

Dreamtime - The Enlightened (Paperback): Robert Byron Dreamtime - The Enlightened (Paperback)
Robert Byron
R479 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R95 (20%) 14 working days
The Dancing Man (Paperback): Robert Byron The Dancing Man (Paperback)
Robert Byron
R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 14 working days
The Birth of Western Painting - A History of Colour, Form and Iconography (Paperback): Robert Byron, David Talbot Rice The Birth of Western Painting - A History of Colour, Form and Iconography (Paperback)
Robert Byron, David Talbot Rice
R1,379 Discovery Miles 13 790 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

First published in 1930, this book deals with Byzantine art, not as an isolated province, but as one intimately connected with the subsequent history of European painting. After a summary of the whole question in its relation to modern art, the second chapter opens with a novel analysis of the iconoclast controversy, and shows how it was only by this movement that Hellenistic naturalism was finally vanquished and the seed of interpretational art planted in Europe in its stead. The third chapter reveals how this seed was nourished by the Constantinopolitan Renascence, and how that event, combined with the increasing humanisation of religious emotion, culminated, not only in Duccio and Giotto, but in the equally important work of their contemporaries at Mistra and Mount Athos. A detailed account of these works is given and in the last part of the book, the mystery of El Greco is finally resolved.

The book is based, not only on extensive research but on personal observation of nearly all the works mentioned, in Constantinople, Greece, Crete, Italy, and Spain. It is an important and exciting addition to the history of European Art and establishes, scientifically, theories which only existed in conjecture before its publication. The book includes 94 black and white plates.

The Byzantine Achievement - An Historical Perspective, A.D. 330-1453 (Paperback): Robert Byron The Byzantine Achievement - An Historical Perspective, A.D. 330-1453 (Paperback)
Robert Byron
R838 Discovery Miles 8 380 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

First published in 1929, this highly influential study offers a historical perspective on the Byzantine Empire, from the establishment of Constantinople by Emperor Constantine around 330 AD, through to the fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1453 AD. Byron's work considers the empire in its entirety, assessing the highs and lows across a thousand year period. He provides insights into trade, culture, the organs of state, religion, the imperial rulers, and the battle with the Ottoman Empire, which would ultimately end in the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the end of the final remnants of the Roman Empire.

An Essay on India (Paperback): Robert Byron An Essay on India (Paperback)
Robert Byron
R821 Discovery Miles 8 210 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

First published in 1931, Robert Byron's Essay on India evaluates the state of colonial rule in India and analyses the contemporary problems facing the country. Based upon the Byron's travelling experiences within India in 1929 as a correspondent for the Daily Express, the work explores political factors more fully than in Byron's earlier writings, evaluating the successes and failures of British colonialism in the region.

Julie Roberts - Men & Mascara CD (2006) (CD): Julie Roberts Julie Roberts - Men & Mascara CD (2006) (CD)
Julie Roberts; Produced by Byron Gallimore; Performed by Roberts, Julie,
R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Out of stock

On her second album, Nashville starlet Julie Roberts writes or co-writes nearly half the songs, making Men And Mascarasomething far different from the usual cookie-cutter Music Row product. Much like Shelby Lynne's I Am Shelby Lynne, Men And Mascarahas the feel of autobiography; even those songs that don't have Roberts's byline fit into a loose narrative of broken hearts and late, lonely nights. The songs detail a string of bad relationships typified by the chorus of the title track and first single: "Men and mascara always run." Musically, the album shows an affinity with both the new honky-tonk spirit embodied by Gretchen Wilson and the folkie simplicity of Jo Dee Messina, while Roberts sings wistfully over even the most roadhouse-ready tunes.

The Road to Oxiana (MP3 format, CD): Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana (MP3 format, CD)
Robert Byron; Read by Barnaby Edwards
R724 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R218 (30%) Out of stock
The Road to Oxiana Lib/E (Standard format, CD): Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana Lib/E (Standard format, CD)
Robert Byron; Read by Barnaby Edwards
R1,106 R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Save R339 (31%) Out of stock
Europe in the Looking Glass (Paperback): Robert Byron Europe in the Looking Glass (Paperback)
Robert Byron 1
R445 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R23 (5%) Out of stock

Best known as the author of 'The Road to Oxiana' (published in 1937), Robert Byron developed his considerable writing skills on a travel book which has not been in print since 1926. 'Europe in the Looking Glass' describes a journey Byron made with three friends, driving across Europe between two world wars, and mixes political and historical analysis with architectural insights, classical scholarship and the day-to-day adventures of three young and not very experienced travellers. For fans of Robert Byron's work this will be a discovery; for others it will be an introduction.

The Road to Oxiana (Paperback): Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana (Paperback)
Robert Byron
R195 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R41 (21%) Out of stock

In 1933, the delightfully eccentric travel writer Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana, near the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. Throughout, he kept a thoroughly captivating record of his encounters, discoveries, and frequent misadventures. His story would become a best-selling travel book throughout the English-speaking world, until the acclaim died down and it was gradually forgotten. When Paul Fussell published his own book Abroad, in 1982, he wrote that The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book what "Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry." His statements revived the public's interest in the book, and for the first time, it was widely available in American bookstores. Now this long-overdue reprint will introduce it to a whole new generation of readers. This edition features a new introduction by Rory Stewart, best known for his book The Places In Between, about his extensive travels in Afghanistan.
Today, in addition to its entertainment value, The Road to Oxiana also serves as a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travelers, and a nostalgic look back at a more innocent time.

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