• In Patagonia

    “An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world.” “Cities are invisible,” […]

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    The physical process of writing has always fascinated Stephen Alter, particularly in books that he would describe as “travel memoirs,” which includes most of his […]

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Recommended books in Current Theme : Travelling

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life,” wrote Jack Kerouac, the life-traveller, who continually inspired himself by being absorbed in the living experience, journeying from one revelation to another. It was not where he went that mattered but what he thought and felt and physically put himself through on the way that mattered. Though Bruce Chatwin travelled farther afield than Kerouac, he nevertheless immersed himself in the process of the journey rather than focussed on the destination or the purpose. Graham Greene absorbed himself in people and social manners on his way whilst Paul Theroux’s literary gaze scanned history and culture whilst travelling along terra firma….and the others, from Wilfred Thesiger to Sven Hedin, Richard Francis Burton, Alexander von Humboldt who ate dirt in Venezuela to other amazing journey makers who lived and wrote about experiences that were intimate, daring, tragic, comic and triumphant. Inspired by these accounts of journeys and the spirit that drove them, Gyaan Kitaab presents a special edition on travel. We recommend a wide selection of writers and their books and shine a bright spotlight on Bruce Chatwin and his monumental “In Patagonia”. So dip in and experience the lives and adventures of travel writers of the first order…

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All Quiet on the Western Front, Novel by Erich Maria Remarque, 1929, WW I
Untold Story 1946 Naval Mutiny: Last War of Independence - Ghanshyam Datt Sharma, 2015
The Other Side Of Silence: Voices From The Partition Of India – Urvashi Butalia (GA LIB)
Hiroshima – John Hersey
On Killing - Dave Grossman,1995
The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot
Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear - Tomi Ungerer, 1999

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