A Long Desire
This sensual yearning for knowledge, this insatiable wanderlust, this long desire.
My travels through Asia, Europe, Australia, the Americas and other destinations around the world.
 
 

"This sensual yearning for knowledge, this insatiable wanderlust, this long desire."

         
Paul Bowles   Paul Bowles
Paul Bowles was an accomplished travel writer. Like many authors, Bowles used the commissions he received from his travel writing to fund his travel to exotic locales, such as India, Ceylon, Thailand, and North Africa. Bowles wrote travel essays for Esquire, Gentleman's Quarterly, Holiday and Harper's Magazine as well as literary magazines such as American Mercury, Zero, and The London Magazine.

Bowles explored the cultural differences and often humorous or even violent interactions between Westerners in the post-colonial world and the inhabitants of the Third World countries he visited.

 
Spider's House

Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue

A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard

Days: A Tangier Diary
     
Richard Francis Burton   Richard Francis Burton
Captain Richard Francis Burton spoke roughly thirty languages fluently—give or take a few, accounting for dialects and the vagaries of fluency—and it’s this proficiency with native tongues that served as his true passport into all kinds of strangeness. He found strangeness wherever he went, even when he wasn't looking for it, although usually he was. He found it when he journeyed to Mecca in full disguise and under terror of being found out.

Burton embarking in a hollowed log of wood—some thousand miles up a river, with an infinitesimal prospect of returning! He asked himself "Why?" and the only echo is "damned fool! . . . the Devil drives!"

 
The Devil Drives

First Footsteps in East Africa: Volume 1

First Footsteps in East Africa: Volume 2

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah: Volume 1

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah: Volume 2
     
Peter Fleming   Peter Fleming
In 1932, Fleming replied to an advertisement in The Times: “Exploring and sporting expedition, under experienced guidance, leaving England June to explore rivers central Brazil, if possible ascertain fate Colonel Fawcett; abundant game, big and small; exceptional fishing; ROOM TWO MORE GUNS; highest references expected and given.”

The expedition traveled to Sao Paolo, to the rivers Aragauaia and Tapirapé, heading towards the likely last-known position of the Fawcett expedition. They continued up the Tapirapé to Sao Domingo but had to admit defeat after several more days. His book of the trip, Brazilian Adventure, a bestseller, launched his writing career.

 
Brazilian Adventure

One's Company

News from Tartary

The Siege at Peking
     
Ryszard Kapuscinski   Ryszard Kapuscinski
Kapuscinski was born in Pinsk, now in Belarus, and in 1945 was taken to Poland by his mother, searching for his soldier father. War as the norm for life was deep in his young psyche after those early years of ceaseless hunger, cold, sudden deaths, noise and terror, with no shoes, no home, no books in school. Decades later he wrote: "We who went through the war know how difficult it is to convey the truth about it to those for whom that experience is, happily, unfamiliar. We know how language fails us, how often we feel helpless, how the experience is, finally, incommunicable."
 
The Shadow of the Sun

Travels with Herodotus

Another Day of Life

Shah of Shahs

The Emperor
     
Norman Lewis   Norman Lewis
Lewis was also a novelist of distinction. As a professional literary traveler he was unsurpassed, being able, Cyril Connolly observed, to ''write about the back of a bus and make it interesting.''

During his career he journeyed to exotic, even sinister, places and conveyed their nature in a subtle style of detached irony as his prose transported the reader from Indochina to India, Indonesia and Burma, Latin America to Spain and Sicily

 
A Dragon Apparent

Golden Earth: Travels in Burma

Naples '44: A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy

The Honoured Society: The Sicilian Mafia Observed
     
H. V. Morton   H. V. Morton
In 1926 a young journalist named H.V. Morton took a light-hearted motor-car journey around England. Setting off from London in his bull-nosed Morris, which he named Maud, he quickly became enchanted with the romance of the open road. He then wrote In Search of England which became on of the best-loved travel book of the 20th century.

This success inspired HVM to explore and write about every corner of Britain and over the next half century he journeyed to the Holy Land, following in the steps of Christ and St. Paul, and then South Africa, Italy and Spain fell under his spell.

 
In Search of England

In the Steps of the Master

In the Steps of St. Paul
     
Eric Newby   Eric Newby
It was a cable, John Buchan style — CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? — to a friend in Rio de Janeiro in the spring of 1956 that launched Eric Newby on his career as a travel writer. The friend, Hugh Carless, a diplomat then serving as Second Secretary at the Rio embassy, was to become immortalized as Newby’s long- suffering companion on a journey of a delightfully amateurish sort, which became the subject of one of the funniest travel books ever written, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958).
 
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

The Last Grain Race

Love & War in the Apennines

A Small Place in Italy
     
Henry Morton Stanley   Henry Morton Stanley
Most famous for allegedly uttering the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume," Henry Morton Stanley was one of the most well-known of all nineteenth-century British explorers. In his early years (as a naturalized American) he led a roving life, fighting in the American Civil War, serving in the merchant marine and the federal navy, and reporting as a journalist on the early days of frontier expansion. He became famous when the New York Herald commissioned him to "find Livingstone" in Africa.
 
Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

Through the Dark Continent: Volume 1

Through the Dark Continent: Volume 2

How I Found Livingstone in Central Africa
     
Freya Stark   Freya Stark
Dame Freya, who was born in Paris and grew up in several homes in England and Italy, wrote 24 travel books and autobiographies and eight volumes of letters from the 1930's to the 1980's. Many of the books have been reprinted several times, recently by Transatlantic Arts and Overlook Press, among other houses, and were based on often hazardous journeys by vehicle, camel and donkey.
 
Passionate Nomad

The Valleys of the Assassins: and Other Persian Travels

The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut

Baghdad Sketches
     
Wilfred Thesiger   Wilfred Thesiger
Wilfred Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa in 1910, the son of a British diplomat. After attending Eton and Oxford, he set out on the first of his many adventures in Africa.

In 1930 he received a personal invitation by Emperor Haile Selassie to attend his coronation. In 1933, he returned in an expedition to explore the course of the Awash River. Thesiger joined the Sudan Political Service and, in WW II, fought in Gideon Force in Ethiopia, and in the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa. He later undertook a dangerous journey across the uninhabited dunes of Arabia.

 
Arabian Sands

The Marsh Arabs

Among the Mountains: Travels Through Asia

Life Of My Choice

The Danakil Diary: Journeys Through Abyssinia, 1930-34
     
 


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