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Turkestan solo : a journey through Central Asia

Author: Ella Maillart; Dervla Murphy
Publisher: London ; New York : Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1932, long before travelling in Central Asia became fashionable, Ella Maillart travelled to Russian Turkestan, bordered by China, Tibet, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Her dream was to see the mountains that lay on the fringes of China and the Takla Makan desert. She travelled like a nomad - slowly, by camel and on foot. Setting out from Moscow, she crossed Kyrgyzstan as far as the Tien Shan range (the Celestial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reisebericht 1932
Named Person: Ella Maillart; Ella Maillart
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ella Maillart; Dervla Murphy
ISBN: 1845110277 9781845110277
OCLC Number: 60419090
Description: 307 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Part I. Lets and Hindrances --
A Last Throw --
Six Days on Board --
Frunze --
Tokmak --
Along the Iron Way --
Kara Kol --
On to the Syrt --
The First Aul --
To the Source of the Iaxartes --
Ak Bel, or the Desolate Valleys --
Isolated Lives --
Exploring "The White Bull" --
Three New Passes --
Last Days in Kirghizia --
Part II. Alone --
Tashkent --
Pravda Vostoka --
A Visit to an Anarchist Exile --
The Answers of an Oriental President --
Up in the Clouds --
Samarkand the Incomparable --
The Present --
Yann Tells a Story --
The Trial of the Bassmatchi --
Bokhara the Fallen --
Towards the Amu Daria --
The Pelican's Store-Room --
Turt Kol --
Khiva --
The Germans of Ak Metchet --
A Race with the Ice --
Towards the Unknown North --
Three Hundred Miles Through the 'desert of Red Sands'.
Responsibility: Ella Maillart ; introduction by Dervla Murphy.
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Captivating account of one woman's epic journey through Central Asia In 1932, long before travelling in Central Asia became fashionable, Ella Maillart travelled to Russian Turkestan, bordered by  Read more...

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