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An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
 
 
Author
Jason Elliot.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780312622053
Pages/Publication Date 483/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33138
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Before his superb Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran, Jason Elliot gave us this remarkable debut, describing two trips he made to Afghanistan—as an idealistic teenager hoping to join the mujahedin in 1979, and again nearly ten years later as a journalist. His wry, self-deprecating, deeply engaged travelogue is, according to London's Times, "witty and moving by turns, never less than wholly passionate…. What raises the book to the level of a classic is its intensely personal meditation on the magic of unplanned adventure, of the pain and pleasure of pushing into the unknown."

"The skirmishes that Elliot painstakingly describes here took place between the Taliban and the government of Gen. Ahmad Shah Massoud in Kabul.... Although he thought long and hard before abandoning his plan to travel to Hazara territory, where "not a chicken could cross that pass without being fired on," Elliot traveled widely in the hinterland, visiting Faizabad in the north and Herat in the west. The result is some of the finest travel writing in recent years. With its luminous descriptions of the people, the landscape (even when pockmarked by landmines), and Sufism, this book has all the hallmarks of a classic, and it puts Elliot in the same league as Robert Byron and Bruce Chatwin."—Library Journal

 
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