• Ionia: A Quest See large image

    Ionia: A Quest (Freya Stark Collection) (Paperback) By (author) Freya Stark

    Hard to find title available from Book Depository

    $16.19 - Save $4.35 21% off - RRP $20.54 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 2 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    DescriptionWhen Freya Stark travelled along the western coast of Turkey in 1952 she met only one other tourist. Today, this region is the most popular and well-travelled in the country, but to travel with Stark - whose aim was to 'create a guide-book in time' - is to experience Turkey in a richer and more inspiring way than any modern guide or history can provide. In the ruins and vanished cities of Ionia lay the record of human history - of what, Stark believed, made us what we are today. Her longing to know more, to unearth the living from the wreckage of the past and to discover the ingredients that shaped the ancient world drove her forward. With Herodotus as her travelling companion, she began her quest in Smyrna and traced a route through the ancient cities of Asia Minor, which were haunted by echoes of Odysseus and Alexander the Great and by the poets and philosophers, musicians and mathematicians who flourished in this world. Wandering beyond the boundaries of travel, Stark entered into the soul of ancient Ionia, examining the ever-present tension between East and West and the elements of religion, society and commerce that forged the culture of a civilisation. A journey through the ancient world that resonates in the modern, Freya Stark's "Ionia" is travel writing at its most elegant and history at its most dynamic - a powerful and beautifully-rendered classic of twentieth-century literature.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for Ionia

    Title
    Ionia
    Subtitle
    A Quest
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Freya Stark
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 376
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848851917
    ISBN 10: 184885191X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-TT
    BIC subject category V2: WTLC
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV015000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 48, 36
    BISAC V2.8: TRV015030
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23140
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 915.62, 915.610435
    LC classification: DS156.I6 S8 2010
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: WTLC
    Illustrations note
    62 integrated bw, 1 map
    Publisher
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
    Imprint name
    Tauris Parke Paperbacks
    Publication date
    25 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Freya Stark (1893-1993), 'the poet of travel', was the doyenne of Middle East travel writers and one of the most courageous and adventurous female travellers in history. She travelled extensively through Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Southern Arabia, where she became the first western woman to travel through the Hadhramaut. Usually solo, she ventured to places few Europeans had ever been. Her travels earned her the title of Dame and huge public acclaim and her many, now classic, books include 'Travels in the Near East', 'A Winter in Arabia', 'The Southern Gates of Arabia', 'Alexander's Path', 'Dust in the Lion's Paw', 'East is West' and 'Valleys of the Assassins'. 'She has written the best travel books of her generation and her name will survive as an artist in prose.' - The Observer
    Review quote
    'It was rare to leave her company without feeling that the world was somehow larger and more promising. Her life was something of a work of art... The books in which she recorded her journeys were seductively individual... Nomad and social lioness, public servant and private essayist, emotional victim and mythmaker.' - Colin Thubron, NY Times; 'Few writers have the capacity to do with words what Faberge could do with gems - to fashion them, without violating their quality. It is this extraordinary talent which sets Freya Stark apart from her fellow craftsman in the construction of books on travel.' - The Daily Telegraph; 'Freya Stark remains unexcelled as an interpreter of brief encounters in wild regions against the backdrop of history.' - The Observer; 'One of the finest travel writers of our century.' - The New Yorker; 'A Middle East traveler, an explorer and, above all, a writer, Freya Stark has, with an incomparably clear eye, looked toward the horizon of the past without ever losing sight of the present. Her books are route plans of a perceptive intelligence, traversing time and space with ease.' - Saudi Aramco World