The Danube: A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest

The Danube: A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest

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By (author) Nick J. Thorpe

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 28mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300205457
  • ISBN 13: 9780300205459
  • Illustrations note: 32 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 41,096

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The magnificent Danube both cuts across and connects central Europe, flowing through and alongside ten countries: Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Travelling its full length from east to west, against the river's flow, Nick Thorpe embarks on an inspiring year-long journey that leads to a new perspective on Europe today. Thorpe's account is personal, conversational, funny, immediate and uniquely observant - everything a reader expects in the best travel writing. Immersing himself in the Danube's waters during daily morning swims, Thorpe likewise becomes immersed in the histories of the lands linked by the river. He observes the river's ecological conditions, some discouraging and others hopeful, and encounters archaeological remains that whisper of human communities sustained by the river over eight millennia. Most fascinating of all are the ordinary and extraordinary people along the way - the ferrymen and fishermen, workers in the fields, shopkeepers, beekeepers, waitresses, smugglers and border policemen, legal and illegal immigrants, and many more. For readers who anticipate their own journeys on the Danube, as well as those who only dream of seeing the great river, this book will be a unique and treasured guide.

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Nick Thorpe is East and Central European Correspondent for the BBC, a journalist, and a filmmaker. He lives in Budapest.

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"A review can't encompass the majestic canvas of Thorpe's book. Wise, thoughtful, unprejudiced and consistently absorbing, it is also beautifully written."-Miranda Seymour, Literary Review -- Miranda Seymour Literary Review "In this leisurely amalgam of travelogue and history, Nick Thorpe ... has done the Danube and its ancient people proud."-Ian Thomson, Sunday Telegraph -- Ian Thomson The Sunday Telegraph "Thorpe is a keen conversationalist who lets the multiple voices of riparian communities emerge on their own. The writing is graceful and the descriptions of landscape and, especially, birds are at times magnificent."-Charles King, Times Literary Supplement -- Charles King Times Literary Supplement "A review can't encompass the majestic canvas of Thorpe's book. Wise, thoughtful, unprejudiced and consistently absorbing, it is also beautifully written ... Thorpe's inspired images quicken and animate the story of the dark and dreaming river to which he committed a well-spent year of travelling."-Miranda Seymour, Literary Review -- Miranda Seymour Literary Review 'Early on, Thorpe asks whether, just as Herodotus labelled Egypt "the gift of the Nile", Europe could likewise be called "the gift of the Danube", with culture, religion, trade and people moving back and forth along its length. It's a thought-provoking question, especially as you follow Thorpe on his meandering, enlightening journey.'-Kit Gillet, Geographical Magazine -- Kit Gillet Geographical Magazine 'Thorpe is a very good listener, offering wonderful portraits of the people he meets, particularly in the east. A vivid mix of geography, myths, natural history and human lives.'-P D Smith, The Guardian -- P D Smith The Guardian 'This book...leaves one in awe of the richness of the cultures of central Europe and with a longing for the humble pleasure of washing down a plate of fried pikeperch with a glass of Romanian white wine.'-Tom Moriarty, The Irish Times -- Tom Moriarity Irish Times 'A vivid mix of geography, myths, natural history and human lives.'-The Observer The Observer