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In 1933, Robert Byron set off from Venice with his friend Christopher Sykes to explore the architecture of the Middle East. Their long and arduous journey took them from Cyprus and Jerusalem to Syria, Iraq, Persia, Afghanistan, and finally, Oxiana, a tiny country around the river Oxus, the Greek name for the river Amu Darya, which snakes down from Russia into Afghanistan. They travel by any means necessary (truck, camel, horses, and foot), and encounter several setbacks, but their risks are rewarded as they encounter some of the greatest examples of Eastern art and architecture, many of which have now vanished forever. 

Funny and erudite, The Road to Oxiana's combination of exquisite lyricism, detail, and humor gave birth to a new kind of travel literature, serving as inspiration for later writers such as Bruce Chatwin, Peter Matthiesson, and Jan Morris. 

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Every travel writer needs to read this

Loved it from start to finish. Byron is every travel writer's literary ancestor. Essential reading for all travel writers.

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Brilliant tales of an educated traveller.

An exceptional account of Persia in the 1930s. Well transported to the spoken word. The colours and atmosphere are captured perfectly. Worthy of multiple listens.

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A truly inspiring and luscious descriptive journey of the travels of Robert Byron through Persia and Afghanistan detailing remarkable architectural , historic and religious sites