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All the Roads are Open: The Afghan Journey (The Swiss List) [Hardcover]

Annemarie Schwarzenbach
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7 Oct 2011 The Swiss List
In June 1939 Annemarie Schwarzenbach and fellow writer Ella Maillart set out from Geneva in a Ford, heading for Afghanistan. The first women to travel Afghanistan's Northern Road, they fled the storm brewing in Europe to seek a place untouched by what they considered to be Western neuroses. The Afghan journey documented in "All the Roads are Open" is one of the most important episodes of Schwarzenbach's turbulent life. Her incisive, lyrical essays offer a unique glimpse of an Afghanistan already touched by the "fateful laws known as progress", a remote yet "sensitive nerve centre of world politics" caught amid great powers in upheaval. In her writings, Schwarzenbach conjures up the desolate beauty of landscapes both internal and external, reflecting on the longings and loneliness of travel as well as its grace. Maillart's account of their trip, "The Cruel Way", stands as a classic of travel literature, and, now available for the first time in English, Schwarzenbach's memoir rounds out the story of the adventure.

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  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (7 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857420151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857420152
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Above all, her discovery of the Orient was a personal one. But the author never loses sight of the historical and social context.... She shows no trace of colonialist arrogance. In fact, the pieces also reflect the experience of crisis, the loss of confidence which, in that decade, seized the long-arrogant culture of the West." (Suddeutsche Zeitung)"

About the Author

Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-42) was a writer, journalist, and photographer who worked periodically as an archaeologist. Isabel Fargo Cole is a US-born, Berlin-based writer and translator.

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 8 Jun 2014
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very beautiful book. binding is nice. story is very nicely written and it really shows how things have change now.
travel book but kind of poetic book the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel and reflecting with Schwarzenbach 18 April 2013
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Wonderful travel texts with lots of reflections. Poetic texts of that writer with a great subjectivity in an absolutely crazy world!
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