Walking to Samarkand: The Great Silk Road from Persia to Central Asia

Bernard Ollivier (Author) Dan Golembeski (Translator)
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$23.99  $22.07
Skyhorse Publishing
Publish Date
April 14, 2020
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Career journalist turned traveler, Bernard Ollivier believes that walking has the power to transform. His publications include Out of Istanbul, numerous travel guides, both adult and young adult novels, and La vie commence Γ  60 ans (Life Begins at Sixty). In 2000, he founded the Seuil ("Threshold") Association, helping troubled teens get back on track through walking. He lives in Normandy, France.

Dan Golembeski has worked as a French and Linguistics educator, a summer study abroad director in France, and has conducted fieldwork on language contact in Canada. An occasional, albeit fervent traveler, he increasingly crosses borders with words. In addition to Out of Istanbul, he is currently translating a science-fiction novel. He lives in Petoskey, Michigan.


Praise for Walking to Samarkand

"Ollivier is great company; curious, knowledgeable and self-reflexive, with a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Walking to Samarkand gives us a raw and real ground-level view of some of the world's more complex places, and Ollivier brings back for us both the foreign and the familiar with a deft and considered approach. There are few destinations more worthy of such a journey than Samarkand, and this book does fine justice to the quest."--Leon McCarron, adventurer and author of The Land Beyond and The Road Headed West

Praise for Bernard Ollivier

"Bernard Ollivier is a man eager to learn about the world around him, a writer who opens his readers' eyes. As a journalist, he knows how to extract life's real secrets from people's memories. Truth is, in heading out onto the Silk Road, he wasn't seeking history, but wisdom. And he finds it in the exceptional openness of nomads. This is the gift he offers to us."--Dominique Gerbaud, president, Reporters Without Borders

"Ollivier is a traveler. He doesn't consider himself a writer. As a result, his prose is at times better than that of professional travel writers: he writes simply, focused not on fancy phrasings, but on providing a true-to-life account of his experiences. He doesn't travel in order to write or publish a book. He travels as do so many of Conrad's protagonists: for self-discovery."--Le Monde