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Hall of a Thousand Columns

Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah. line drawings and maps. Sprache: Englisch.
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Tim Mackintosh-Smith continues in the footsteps of Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah, revealing the rich tales of an India far off the beaten path of Taj and Raj
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Titel: Hall of a Thousand Columns
Autor/en: Tim Mackintosh-Smith

ISBN: 0719565871
EAN: 9780719565878
Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah.
line drawings and maps.
Sprache: Englisch.
Illustriert von Martin Yeoman
Hodder & Stoughton General Division

13. März 2006 - kartoniert - 352 Seiten

Beschreibung

Tim Mackintosh-Smith continues in the footsteps of Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah, revealing the rich tales of an India far off the beaten path of Taj and Raj

Portrait

Tim Mackintosh-Smith's first book, YEMEN: TRAVELS IN DICTIONARY LAND won the 1998 Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award and is now regarded as a classic of Arabian description. His books on Ibn Battutah's adventures in the old Islamic world and in India have all received huge critical acclaim. LANDFALLS was awarded the Oldie Best Travel Award in 2010 and the Ibn Battutah Prize of Honour by the Arab Centre for Geographical Literature. His journeys in search of Ibn Battutah have also been turned into a major BBC television series. For the past twenty-five years his home has been the Yemeni capital San'a, where he lives in a tower-house on top of the ancient Sabaean city and next door to the modern donkey market. You can find out more about him at www.mackintosh-smith.com

Pressestimmen

'This is his first venture into India but he comes upon the scene like a breath of fresh air.' -- Charles Allen, author of Duel in the Snows 20041027 'Esoteric, raunchy, hilarious, erudite and transporting, The Hall of a Thousand Columns is a marvellous traveller's tale like no other. I sense that Ibn Battutah has finally met his match.' -- Eric Hansen 20041208 'Tim Mackintosh-Smith has recreated, with enviable intimacy and elegance, the extraordinary life and times of the greatest traveller of pre-modern times.' -- Pankaj Mishra, author of The Romantics and 20041101 'Funny, cultured, humane and highly idiosyncratic' -- Barnaby Rogerson, Literary Review 20050301 'Few writers have the talent to pull off a notable trilogy in any genre ... Mackintosh-Smith's is not in doubt ... Rich and fascinating' -- Sunday Times 20050320 'With his hallmark combination of irreverence and empathy, Mackintosh-Smith ... has confected a curiously addictive blend of history, travel and jokes ... an engaging portrait of modern-day India - the charm, humour and quirkiness' -- Guardian 20050416 'A book that travels in time as well as in space ... Intersperses dizzying glimpses of 14th-century Islamic court life with [the author's] own comic attempts to navigate modern-day India' -- Daily Mail 20050408 'Mixing Ibn Battutah's account with his own encounters and journeys, Mackintosh-Smith creates an enchanting text.' -- Ziauddin Sardar, Independent 20050621 'This is his first venture into India but he comes upon the scene like a breath of fresh air.' -- Charles Allen 20041027 'A deft use of language, anecdote, scholarship and a daunting appreciation for all that is wonderful and absurd in the world. Esoteric, raunchy, hilarious, erudite and transporting, The Hall of a Thousand Columns is a marvellous traveller's tale like no other. I sense that Ibn Battutah has finally met his match.' -- Eric Hansen 20041208 'Tim Mackintosh-Smith has recreated, with enviable intimacy and elegance, the extraordinary life and times of the greatest traveller of pre-modern times.' -- Pankaj Mishra, author of The Romantics and 20041101 'A rich texture of multiple perception ... Beneath this funny, cultured, humane and highly idiosyncratic travelogue there is a darkly tragic theme. For interwoven with the real-time journey of Mackintosh-Smith through India is an enquiry into the nature of Islam in India' -- Barnaby Rogerson, Literary Review 20050301 'A first-rate travel book, enlivened by the author's erudition, subtle humour, and sheer enthusiasm for his subject' -- Traveller 20050301 'Few writers have the talent to pull off a notable trilogy in any genre ... [Mackintosh-Smith's] talent is not in doubt... The author appears as an enthusiastic researcher, a thirsty drinker, and a traveller who allows little to deter him from his path ... Rich and fascinating' -- Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times 20050320 'With his hallmark combination of irreverence and empathy, Mackintosh-Smith ... has confected a curiously addictive blend of history, travel and jokes. But above all, he engages with ideas, and his aim is that of the novelist - to send a bucket down into the subconscious.' -- Guardian Weekly 20050416 'Wisecracking ... One of the most enjoyable things about Mackintosh-Smith's narrative is the way it intersperses dizzying glimpses of 14th-century Islamic court life with his own comic attempts to navigate modern-day India. A book that travels in time as well as in space' -- Daily Mail 20050408 'Mixing Ibn Battutah's account with his own encounters and journeys, Mackintosh-Smith creates an enchanting text ... This is an engrossing book' -- Ziauddin Sardar, Independent 20050621 'An engaging portrait of modern-day India - the charm, humour, quirkiness and the way in which the country constantly juxtaposes the extraordinary with the mundane' -- Guardian 20050611 'The wellspring of his writing is his profound immersion in a Muslim culture ... the strength of his work derives from his position as both insider and outsider in the Arab world ... Mackintosh-Smith is in that same learned yet good-humoured tradition [as Leigh Fermor]' -- Daily Telegraph 20050312 'An engaging homage to one of travel writing's founding fathers' -- Henry Day. London Review of Books 20051215
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