E-raamat: News from Tartary: An Epic Journey Across Central Asia

  • Formaat: 424 pages, Illustrations
  • Ilmumisaeg: 19-Aug-2014
  • Kirjastus: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN-13: 9780857734952
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  • Formaat: 424 pages, Illustrations
  • Ilmumisaeg: 19-Aug-2014
  • Kirjastus: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN-13: 9780857734952
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News from Tartary is the account of a journey from Peking to Kashmir, made in 1935 by that legendary adventurer, Peter Fleming. It lasted seven months and covered about 3,500 miles. The route chosen by Fleming and his companion, adventurer and writer Ella Maillart, took them westwards across a China torn by civil war to Xinjiang and then south to British India. It had been eight years since any foreigner had crossed Xinjiang. During that time few of those who entered that inhospitable and politically volatile region, which was under the control of a warlord supported by Stalin's Red Army, came out alive. After entering the lands of the Tartars by a little-known route and following the course of the ancient Silk Road, they reached Kashgar before crossing the Pamirs into India. Written with style and elegance, as well as acute observation and gentle irony, this is not just a description of a part of the world still difficult to visit, but of the last days of the Great Game, when Britain and Russia vied with each other for control of the unruly fiefs of Central Asia.

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'Its entertainment value is immense. It will arouse great fury and cause much pleasure - an epic of adventure' Harold Nicolson 'It confirmed Fleming's place in the front rank of travel writers... no modern work of travel has given me more pleasure... I have read it more times than I can remember' Daily Telegraph 'An observer of great wisdom and learning - ' Simon Winchester 'One reads him for literary delight and for the pleasure of meeting an Elizabethan spirit allied to a modern mind - but he is also an observer of penetrating intellect.' Vita Sackville-West, Spectator

List of Illustrations
ix
Preface xi
Part One Heading for Trouble
I Zero Hour
3(4)
II Heroine
7(6)
III Two's Company?
13(4)
IV The Forbidden Province
17(6)
V Exiles and Armaments
23(8)
VI Nightmare Train
31(6)
VII Railhead
37(4)
VIII Fits and Starts
41(6)
IX A Lorry and the Liu Pan Shan
47(6)
X Open Arrest
53(10)
Part Two The Skin of Our Teeth
I The Mountain Road
63(6)
II Defeat?
69(4)
III Confined to Barracks
73(6)
IV The Great Lamasery
79(6)
V Escape from Officialdom
85(6)
VI The Good Samaritans
91(10)
Part Three Into the Blue
I Travelling Light
101(4)
II The Prince of Dzun
105(6)
III The Demon's Lake
111(6)
IV The Caravan Marches
117(6)
V Winds and Wild Asses
123(8)
VI Night-March to the End of the World
131(10)
Part Four No Man's Land
I The Lost City
141(8)
II Patience
149(6)
III Empty Days
155(6)
IV The Good Companions
161(6)
V Travelling Blind
167(4)
VI Borodishin Takes Charge
171(10)
Part Five No Picnic
I The Gorges of the Boron Kol
181(6)
II Lost
187(6)
III The Turbaned-Heads
193(6)
IV Birthday
199(4)
V Casualties
203(8)
VI We Say Good-Bye to Slalom
211(8)
VII Grass, Men, News
219(6)
VIII Thalassa Thalassa
225(8)
IX Brave New World
233(6)
X Rule Britannia
239(6)
Part Six The Desert Road
I Dirty Work
245(6)
II The Red Army Lends a Hand
251(6)
III Russia Racketeers
257(4)
IV The New Imperialists
261(6)
V Cherchen
267(6)
VI Thirst
273(6)
VII Such Quantities of Sand
279(6)
VIII A Cuckoo-Clock in Keriya
285(6)
IX Rebels Don't Care
291(6)
X Khotan
297(6)
XI The Vanished Leader
303(8)
XII The Last of Tungan Territory
311(6)
XIII Hoboes on Horseback
317(10)
Part Seven The Roof of the World
I Kashgar-Les-Bains
327(6)
II Wings Over Turkistan
333(4)
III Into the Pamirs
337(6)
IV The Last Town in China
343(6)
V The Russian Agent
349(6)
VI The Pass of a Thousand Ibex
355(4)
VII News from Home
359(6)
VIII A Thousand Welcomes
365(6)
IX Sahibs
371(6)
X Gilgit at Last
377(4)
XI Last Lap
381(6)
XII Triumphal Entry
387(4)
Notes 391(4)
Index 395
Peter Fleming, OBE, (1907-1971) was a journalist and writer and one of the last great adventurers of the twentieth century. He began his career as a special correspondent with The Times and later wrote for The Spectator. He served with the Grenadier Guards during World War II and from 1942 was in charge of military deception operations in Southeast Asia. He is author of several classic books, which include Brazilian Adventure, To Peking, Bayonets to Lhasa, Operation Sea Lion (The Peter Fleming Collection, Tauris Parke Paperbacks), and One's Company. In his memory, The Royal Geographical Society established The Peter Fleming Award for projects that seek to advance geographical science.