Literature

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Title The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (about 1355)

Author Sir John Mandeville, British author

Plot The world described by an author that could have only imagined it. While beautifully written, these pages have influenced not only the readers of half of Europe for more than two centuries, but also future explorers, such as Christopher Columbus

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Title Captain John Smith: Writings with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America (1608)

Author Captain John Smith (1580–1631) English soldier, explorer and writer

Plot The dramatic events of the conquering of the New World lived thanks to the stories told by the legendary figure of the American history having lived them first-hand

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Title The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (1694)

Author Matsuo Munefusa, pen name Matsuo Basho (1644–1694) Japanese poet

Plot This is the poetic pilgrimage in northern Japan that Basho embarked on in the spring of 1689 and that inspired some of his most beautiful haiku

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Title Travels Through France and Italy (1766)

Author Tobias George Smollett (1721–1771) Scottish poet and writer

Plot Eighteenth-century Italy seen through the epistolary work of a Scottish writer. Unconventional, irreverent, intriguing

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Title Travels in the interior of Africa (1799)

Author Mungo Park (1771–1806) Scottish explorer of West Africa and writer

Plot The tale of a brave pioneer, the first westerner to reach the heart of the African continent crossing Senegal, Mali and the most remote banks of the Niger River

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Title Democracy in America (first vol. 1835, second vol. 1840)

Author Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville (1805-1859) French diplomat, political scientist and historian

Plot A classic of French literature that explores the strengths and weaknesses of America at the beginning of the fourteenth century. 'To my eyes, human societies, as well as individuals, can become something just thanks to freedom'

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Title Eothen (1844)

Author Alexander William Kinglake (1809–1891) English writer and historian

Plot For anybody setting off on a travel ‘towards the dawn’ (Eothen in Greek) in the mid-fourteenth century, this work did not simply represent a practical travel guide, but actually a sublime source of inspiration. The Balkans, Egypt, Syria and Anatolia described in an ironic and witty way by one of the founders of travel literature

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Title Letters from Egypt: A Journey on the Nile,1849–1850 (1987)

Author Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) English social reformer and statistician, writer and the founder of modern nursing

Plot When she was 29, Florence Nightingale did not yet turned out to be a pioneer of modern nursing. Her wit and sensitiveness, however, were already evident, as testifies this collection of the letters she wrote to her family and friends during her journey between Alexandria and Abu Simbel in 1849

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Title Roughing It (1872)

Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain (1835–1910) American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer

Plot A journey on the Far West roads described with the ironic and genuine style of one of travel literature’s writers par excellence

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Title The Innocents Abroad (1869)

Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain (1835–1910) American writer, humourist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer 

Plot The writer describes with biting irony the cruise of an American steamer it the Holy Land in 1867, sparing nobody and nothing from critics. The protagonists of this work are the pilgrims, his travel mates on board of the “Quaker City”, but also Europe itself, of which the author describes the less positive aspects

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Title Travels with a donkey in the Cevennes (1879)

Author Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850–1894) Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and writer

Plot Twelve days in the company of a stubborn donkey on the dry and deserted mountains of Cevennes, in southern France. This attempt to forget an impossible love becomes one of the first open-air camping experiences as we know it 

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Title Life on the Mississippi (1883)  

Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens pen name Mark Twain (1835–1910) American writer, humourist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

Plot A great American writer's memoir about of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi

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Title Farthest North: The Voyage and Exploration of the Fram (1898)

Author Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930) Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and 1922 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Plot The expedition on board of Fram in 1888 aimed at reaching the North Pole. Nasen and the other explorers did not make it, but they established a new record stopping at 86°13.6′N

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Title The River War: an historical account of the reconquest of the Sudan (1899)

Author Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill pen name Winston S. Churchill (1874–1965) British statesman, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, an officer in the British Army, a non-academic historian and a writer, 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature

Plot As an Officer of the British Army, Churchill took part in the Mahdist War in Sudan (1881-1899), thus gifting us with a work, which is at the same time a historic book and a more intimate diary  

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Title The Journals of Lewis and Clark (1905)

Author Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809) American explorer, soldier, politician and public administrator

Plot Between 1804 and 1806, on President Jefferson’s request, Meriwether Lewis led together with William Clark an expedition aiming at defining the boundaries and the watercourses of the western lands. The discoveries Lewis and Clark made are documented in this precious work

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Title Siren Land (1911) 

Author George Norman Douglas (1868–1952) British writer

Plot A collection of memories, anecdotes and myths, collected and narrated by an American bewitched by the gulf of Naples

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Title Sea and Sardinia (1921)

Author David Herbert Richards known as D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) English writer

Plot Sicily and Sardinia in the winter of 1921, as described by D. H. Lawrence, who travelled from Taormina to rural Sardinia together with his wife Frieda, also known as Queen Bee

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Title The Worst Journey of the World (1922)

Author Apsley George Benet Cherry-Gerrard pen name Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886–1959) English explorer of Antarctica andmember of the Terra Nova Expedition

Plot An extreme account of Robert F. Scott’s expedition to the South Pole, as told by those that contributed to rescuing operations. The explorer, who had reached his final destination even though not according to the planned schedule, died on the way back

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Title Southern Baroque Art: a Study of Painting, Architecture and Music in Italy and Spain of the 17th & 18th Centuries (1924)

Author Sir Sacheverell Reresby Sitwell, 6th Baronet (1897–1988) English writer, art and music critic

Plot The author's critical capacity becomes a means to discover habits, traditions and styles of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Spain and Italy 

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Title Hindoo Holiday (1932)

Author Joe Randolph known as J. R. Ackerley (1896–1967) British writer and editor

Plot We are in India, at a Maharajah’s court in the Twenties. The depiction of an eccentric world, seen through the astonished eyes of a young British secretary

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Title A Barbarian in Asia (1933)

Author Henri Michaux (1899–1984) Belgian-born naturalized French, poet, writer and painter

Plot The author takes us to India, Nepal Ceylon, China, Japan and Malaysia. He interprets reality so personally that he ends up shaping a brand new one that he shows us through the filter of his powerful and intrusive vision

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Title Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)

Author George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair, pen name George Orwell (1903–1950) English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic.

Plot A memoir where the author makes us live in the less well-off milieu of Paris and on the roads of London and its suburbs

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Title News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir (1936) 

Author Robert Peter Fleming (1907–1971) British adventurer and writer

Plot 3,500 miles in seven months, from Peking, China to Kashmir, India to gather documentary evidence about the situation in the Turkestan region after the Kumul Rebellion

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Title The Road to Oxiana (1937).

Author Robert Byron (1905–1941) British writer, art critic and historian

Plot A travellers’ Bible, or a “sacred text, beyond criticism”, according to Bruce Chatwin, whose copy of this book accompanies him since he was fifteen and is “spineless and floodstained” after four journeys through central Asia

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Title Out of Africa (1937)

Author Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke, pen names Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen, Tania Blixen, Osceola and Pierre Andrézel (1885 –1962) Danish writer

Plot A family farm on the footsteps of the Ngong hills is the complex and magical place where the author discovers – and lets us discover too - the meaning of unconditional love for Africa, something she understands while working in the family business and harmonizing with nature and natives

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Title Homage to Catalonia (1938)

Author Eric Arthur Blair, pen name George Orwell (1903–1950) English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic

Plot The honest, rigorous and compelling report on the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1937

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Title A Winter in Arabia (1940)

Author Dame Freya Madeline Stark, pen name Freya Stark (1893-1993) British and Italian explorer and writer

Plot It is 1937 and the famous Italian-English explorer orientates the compass so that it points to the Near East. The writer will test her knowledge of geography, history and archaeology in that magical land we now call Yemen

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Title Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941)

Author Rebecca West (1892–1983) British journalist and writer

Plot The author's enthralling travelogue depicting Yugoslavia in the Thirties. “Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul”

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Title West with the Night (1942)

Author Beryl Markham (1902–1986) British-born Kenyan aviator adventurer, racehorse trainer and writer.

Plot The first indomitable forty years in Africa of a great adventurer of last century who chose Kenya as her home

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Title When The Going Was Good (1946) 

Author Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh pen name Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) English writer of novels, biographies and travel book

Plot An anthology collecting the most irresistible excerpts of this author’s travel books - Labels (1930), Remote People(1931), Ninety-Two Days (1934), and Waugh In Abyssinia (1936)- in which she constantly searches for what is exotic and exceptional and corresponds to her idea of luxury

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Title A House in Bali (1947)

Author Colin McPhee (1900-1964) Canadian, composer and musicologist

Plot Cult book about Bali, the city where the author (intensely) lived in the Thirties and that he deeply loved

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Title Kon-Tiki (1947)

Author Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer

Plot Kon-Tiki is the name of the raft on which the writer and his five mates cross the Pacific Ocean, from South America to Polynesia. The name is a tribute to Kon, the God of rain, and the expedition is inspired by the God’s epic escape from the American coast: an attempt to prove that the colonization of Polynesia could have been made in pre-Colombian times by people coming from South America 

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Title Beyond Euphrates (1951)

Author Freya Stark (1893–1993) French explorer and writer

Plot Traveling eastward thanks to the words of a visionary explorer having lived in Baghdad and Damascus, Persia and Luristan. “There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do”

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Title Golden Earth: Travels in Burma (1952)

Author Norman Lewis (1908–2003) British journalist and writer

Plot According to many, this is one of best work ever written about Burma, whose traits and soul are sublimely narrated by this author

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Title Seven Years in Tibet (1952)

Author Heinrich Harrer (1912–2006) Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer and author

Plot This famous odyssey starts in an English colony where the author was held prisoner. After various escapes and incidents, however, he manages not only to enter the Olympus of the fourteenth Dalai Lama, but also to become his tutor and special friend

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Title Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958)

Author George Eric Newbypen name Eric Newby (1919–2006) English author

Plot A successful example of travel literature that combines irony, culture, amazement and a sheer sense of adventure. Together with the author, we leave a civilized London to travel overland to Pakistan, reaching it only after a series of adventures

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Title Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (1959)

Author Alfred Lansing (1921–1975) American journalist and writer

Plot 1914. Ernest Shackleton and a team of brave men are ready to raise anchor direction the South Pole, to live a legendary 21-day odyssey

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Title Arabian Sands (1959)  

Author Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003) Ethiopian-born naturalized british, explorer and writer

Plot From Dhaufar to Oman, going over deep shifting sands, dangerous dunes and the mystery of Empty Quarter. The author tells us about his desert experience between 1946 and 1950

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Title The World of Venice (1960)

Author James Humphrey Morris, pen name Jan Morris (1926) Welsh historian, author and writer

Plot Venice: artistic and historic value, culinary experiences, Venetian personalities and habits all vividly depicted in an original and sincere portrait of the city

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Title Black like me (1961)

Author John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) American, journalist and writer 

Plot This is the original odyssey of a white man choosing to become a southern US black man in the Fifties

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Title London Perceived (1962)

Author Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett, pen name V.S. Pritchett and VSP (1900-1997) British writer and literary critic

Plot The honest and bewitching interpretation of the city of London in all its magnificence and pettiness

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Title Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)

Author John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. pen name John Steinbeck (1902-1968) American writer

Plot September in New York. Steinbeck and his French poodle Charley embark on a journey on board of the pick-up track Rocinante. Headed to New England first, they will then cross the Midwest, the Rocky Mountains, the West Coast and also Texas and Louisiana before going back home. An off-the-beaten-track adventure during which they will get lost and talk to local people and thanks to which the author will find what he was looking for

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Title Their Heads are Green and Their Hands are Blue: Scenes from the Non-Christian World (1963)

Author Paul Frederic Bowles, pen name Paul Bowles (1910-1999) American expatriate composer, author and translator

Plot Central America and the distant worlds of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islamism, so different from the western one, seen through the sheer sensitivity and deep knowledge of a great explorer of the last century

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Title An Area of Darkness (1964)

Author Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (1932), Trinidadian-born, naturalized British writer, Knight Bachelor and Nobel Prize-winning 

Plot A travel deep into India and its mysteries to think about the meaning of suffering

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Title Two Towns in Provence (1964) 

Author Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, pen name M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) American food writer

Plot Aix-en-Provence and Marseille: two faces of Provence described through the author’s original and irresistible personality 

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Title The Pine Barrens (1968)

Author John Angus McPhee (1931) American writer, journalist and 2008 George Polk Career Award winner

Plot An exploration of the remote and off-the beaten-path forests of New Jersey to understand its nature, history and inhabitants

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Title Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town (1968)

Author Paul Theroux (1941) American writer and novelist 

Plot From Cairo to Cape Town, traveling by road and by water. A beautifully written adventure across the heart of the Dark Continent during which the author recalls his personal experience as a young teacher in a bygone Africa

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Title Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (1968)  

Author Edward Paul Abbey  (1927-1989) American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues

Plot: The author's life in the Moab desert, Utah, United States is vividly depicted in this memoir, where narrative is blended with fiction and political criticism

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Title The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)

Author Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr., pen name Tom Wolfe (1931) American, author and journalist, well known as a proponent of the New Journalism

Plot An eclectic band of artists led by Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, travelling on the road from California to New York, on a colourful bus named "Further". Considered as a milestone of New Journalism, the work shows us the irresistible era of the hippy counter-culture, marked by excess, freedom, ideals and psychedelic art

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Title Notes from the century before: a journal from British Columbia (1969)

Author Edward Hoagland (1932) American writer

Plot After having lived for three months in British Columbia, the author documents northern North America in an exceptional and unconventional work

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Title As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning  (1969)

Author Laurence Edward Alan "Laurie" Lee (1914–1997) British, poet, novelist and screenwriter

Plot The adventurous life-changing experience of a young English man roaming around Spain and playing his violin for a livi

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Title Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971)

Author Hunter Stockton Thompson (1937-2005) American journalist, author and the founder of the Gonzo Journalism Movement

Plot A journalist, Raoul Duke, and his lawyer, Dr. Gozo, undertake a journey with just 300 dollars in their pockets, a red convertible Chevrolet and a stockpile of alcohol and drugs. They will never reach their final destination - a motorbike race in the desert - as they will be absorbed by the kitsch and eccentric Las Vegas frenzy.

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Title Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)

Author Robert M. Pirsig (1928-2017)  American writer and philosopher

Plot A deeply autobiographic novel where the author tells us about the motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son from Minnesota to California. A journey that is paralleled by a philosophical meditation on what the author defines as Metaphysics of Quality

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Title The Fearful Void (1974)

Author Geoffrey Heald in Bolton pen name Geoffrey Moorhouse (1931-2009) English journalist and writer

Plot Geoffrey Moorhouse’s solo travel across the Sahara becomes the opportunity to test the limits of human beings. From the Atlantic to the Nile River

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Title Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) 

Author Annie Dillard (1945) American writer and 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction

Plot Not far from home, the author experiences true discovery. Everything she lived is documented in this work, rich in personal thoughts of a humanistic and scientific nature

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Title The Great Railway Bazaar (1975) 

Author Paul Edward Theroux (1941) American writer and novelist

Plot Travelling by train from London to Asia and back in 1973. Four months spent crossing half of the planet on epic wagons, such as those of the Trans-Siberian

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Title A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (1977)

Author Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) British, author, scholar and soldier

Plot A backpackers' travel from London to -almost- Budapest in 1933. Not only an invaluable book, but also an experience no to be missed

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Title In Patagonia (1977)

Author Charles Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) British writer, novelist, and journalist

Plot In 1974 Bruce Chatwin leaves the newsroom of the "Sunday Times" to track a mythic forefathe: Captain Charles Milward.The book narrates the author's long solitary travel across the Chilean and Argentinian sides of Patagonia and, at the same time, the intimate thoughts of a person seeking his own roots

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Title The Emperor (1978)

Author Ryszard Kapuściński (1932–2007) Polish reporter, journalist, traveller, photographer, poet and writer

Plot The last emperor and the last court in Ethiopia, among corruption, despotism and grotesque situations are depicted in this work, whose style is similar to that of both historic novels and reportages 

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Title The Snow Leopard (1978)

Author Peter Matthiessen (1927–2014) American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer and CIA agent

Plot Propelled by his desire to study some rare animals on the Himalayan slopes, the writer treks across the Dolpo District, Nepal, together with the zoologist George Schiller

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Title The Soccer War (1978)

Author Ryszard Kapuściński (1932–2007) Polish reporter, journalist, traveller, photographer, poet and writer

Plot This travel diary, named after the 1969 Soccer War between Honduras and El Salvador, is a collection of the notes taken by a Polish reporter having witnessed for sixteen years the world’s geo-political history, from Ghana to Nigeria and from Chile to the Middle East

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Title Travels With Myself and Another (1978)

Author Martha Ellis Gellhorn (1908–1998) American novelist, travel writer and journalist

Plot An inestimable and intense collection of the worldwide adventures lived by one of the most eminent war correspondent of the Twentieth century

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Title The Old Patagonian Express (1979)

Author Paul Edward Theroux (1941) American travel writer and novelist

Plot A travel across Latin America, getting on and off trains with such names as 'Estrella del Norte’, 'Aztec Eagle', 'Balboa Bullet', 'El Panamericano' or 'Lone Star’. Paul Theroux collects stories, discoveries, encounters and wagons on his journey all the way down to Patagonia

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Title Journey to Portugal (1981)

Author José de Sousa Saramago (1922–2010) Portuguese writer, journalist, poet literary critic and the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature

Plot A work that invites everybody to walk together with the author along the roads of one’s own country, thinking about the meaning of each and every traveling

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Title Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi (1981)

Author Jonathan Raban (1942) British writer and novelist

Plot The Mississippi river lived, loved and narrated by the British author who travelled along it on a 6-foot boat to fulfil a lifetime dream

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Title Blue Highways (1982)

Author William Least Heat-Moon (1939) Osage and European-American ancestry writer

Plot: A road trip around the United States, traveling on the "Blue Highways" - solitary roads of the American provinces

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Title As They Were (1982) 

Author Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908–1992) American food writer

Plot The famous American food writer proves to be gifted with an original style in this memoir, dedicated to her travels between the USA and Europe

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Title Among the Russians (1983)

Author Colin Thubron (1938) Writer and President of Royal Society of Literature

Plot A classic of travel literature takes us to the USSR during the Brezhnev era, from Belarus to Leopolis, passing through Moscow, Leningrad, the Baltic states, Georgia, the Caucasus, and then the Black Sea, Crimea, Ukraine and finally Kiev

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Title Arctic Dreams (1986)

Author Barry Lopez (1945) American, author, essayist, writer

Plot The arctic lands described by both a pioneer’s romantic lines and a scientist's documentary point of view

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Title A view of the world: selected writings (1986)

Author Norman Lewis: (1908–2003) British journalist and writer

Plot The world according to Lewis: an anthology of the stories and reflections of a great English interpreter and reporter of the twentieth century

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Title Iron & Silk (1986)

Author Mark Joseph Salzman (1959) American writer

Plot The memoir of a westerner who is in love with Chinese culture takes us back in time, to his days as a teacher

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Title Letters from Egypt: A Journey on the Nile,1849–1850 (1987)

Author Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) English social reformer and statistician, writer and the founder of modern nursing

Plot When she was 29, Florence Nightingale did not yet turned out to be a pioneer of modern nursing. Her wit and sensitiveness, however, were already evident, as testifies this collection of the letters she wrote to her family and friends during her journey between Alexandria and Abu Simbel in 1849

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Title The Nomad: Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt (1987)

Author Isabelle Wilhelmine Marie Eberhardt (1877-1904) Swiss explorer, writer and editor

Plot The extreme adventures of a young rebel pioneer looking for herself in the Sahara desert and among its outlandish inhabitants

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Title Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone (1987)

Author Mary Morris (1947) American writer and professor

Plot Looking for herself in Central America, the author lives a solitary and evocative adventure, inspiring and full of humanity

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Title The Songlines (1987)

Author Charles Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) English travel writer, novelist and journalist

Plot Chatwin delves into the traditions of aborigines’ songs, drawing the conclusions that they have not only a mythological significance, but also a geographical one. His theory about ‘songlines’ also serves as a starting point to analyse other anthropological issues he is fond of

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Title Holidays in Hell (1988)

Author Patrick Jake "P. J." O'Rourke (1947) American political satirist and journalist

Plot The author takes us to the places he came to know when he worked as a reporter in the Eighties: the most conflict-hit and desperate areas of the world

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Title In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon (1988)

Author Redmond O’Hanlon (1947) British writer

Plot Redmond O’Hanlon, famous for his exploration of remote and dangerous destinations, takes us between Orinoco and the Amazon River, in a corner of the rain forest that is far from hospitable to foreigners

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Title Riding the Iron Rooster (1988)

Author Paul Edward Theroux (1941) American writer and novelist

Plot 'We can always fool a stranger'. In order to disprove this ancient Chinese saying Paul Theroux roams about the Asian continent by train, crossing Mongolia, Xinjiang and Manchuria to end his enterprise in Tibet

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Title Video Night in Kathmandu (1988)

Author Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer, pen name Pico Iyer (1957) British-born essayist and novelist of Indian origin.

Plot Pico Iyer’s imaginative roaming about Asia. Far East is the real protagonist, with the habits, traditions and contrasts that characterize it. From Bali to Nepal; from Tibet to Hong Kong; from the Philippines to Japan

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Title The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (1989)

Author William McGuire "Bill" Bryson (1951) Anglo-American writer

Plot On board of an old Chevrolet down the secondary roads of Small-Town America, carried away by the author's memories

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Title A Turn in the South (1989)

Author Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (1932) Trinidadian-born, naturalized British Writer, Knight Bachelor and Nobel Prize-winning 

Plot The lands of the US southern border described by one of the most prominent representatives of travel literature

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Title Great Plains (1989)

Author Ian Frazier (1951) American writer and humourist

Plot America seen as the land of myth-inspiring West, great plains and unlimited opportunities. A 25,000-mile long adventure that fascinates the reader with intensity and humor

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Title Hunting Mister Heartbreak: A Discovery of America (1990)

Author Jonathan Raban (1942) British writer and novelist

Plot What does it mean to start a journey to look for a new life? The author retraces the destiny of European immigrants to the New World. An adventure that starts in the port of Liverpool, crosses the ocean and arrives at New York City, to then take us to Alabama, Seattle and the Keys Islands

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Title Sandstorms: Days and Nights in Arabia (1990)

Author Peter Christopher Sebastian Theroux, pen name Peter Theroux (1956) American writer and translator

Plot Seven years in the Middle East. A memoir spanning from the days as student at the American University at Cairo, those as curious and established journalist, to the Grand Tour among the most fascinating cities, such as Jerusalem and Damascus

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Title A Million Mutinies Now (1991)

Author Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, known V. S. Naipaul (1932) Trinidadian-born, naturalized British Writer, Knight Bachelor and 2001 Nobel Prize-winning

Plot The author tests a new kind of narrative that breaks with standard travel journals and gives the floor to the main characters. The outcome is an unconventional portrait, completing Naipaul’s precious trilogy on India

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Title Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia (1991)

Author Tonly Horwitz (1958) American journalist and author who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

Plot: A comic and eye-opening tale about an adventure in the Middle East

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Title Road Fever (1991)

Author Tim Cahill (1944) American writer

Plot: Twenty-three and a half days driving from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, halfway between an adventure and a challenge

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Title The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto (1991)

Author Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer, pen name Pico Iyer (1957) British essayist and novelist.

Plot Spending one year in a monastery in Kyoto to discover and investigate on the roots of ancient Japan.

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Title The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (1992)

Author Ernesto Che Guevara, known as El Che (1928–1967) Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, writer, leader, diplomat and military theorist

Plot The then grad student Che Guevara’s memoir about his roaming around Latin America with his young biochemist friend Alberto Granado, astride his legendary 1939 Norton 500 M1, AKA “Poderosa 2”. Hasta la victoria siempre!

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Title Chasing the monsoon: a modern pilgrimage through India (1993)

Author Alexander Russell Frater (1937) British and Australian a travel writer and journalist

Plot On the footsteps of the monsoon, from Bangkok to Akyab in Burma, with a great, romantic travel author

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Title City of Djinns: a year in Delhi (1993)

Author William Dalrymple (1965) British journalist, writer and member of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Plot These pages encompass past and present history, English culture, Indian culture and myths: a genuine portrait of India and of today's Delhi in a unique literary work

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Title A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earth-bound Travels in the Far East (1995)

Author Tiziano Terzani (1938-2004) Italian journalist and writer

Plot A fortune-teller’s prophecy becomes the opportunity to travel across Asia by land, far and wide. A hilarious and poignant journey made of everyday life, legends and a lot of eastern charm

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Title The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean (1995)

Author Paul Edward Theroux (1941) American travel writer and novelist

Plot Eighteen chapters tell us about a travel along the Mediterranean coast between 1993 and 1994; From Gibraltar to Ceuta, going from idyllic remote rocky beaches to the former Yugoslavian countries, hit by the conflict

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Title The Rings of Saturn (1995)

Author Winfried Georg Sebald known as W. G. Sebald or Max Sebald (1944-2001) German writer and academic

Plot A walking tour in Suffolk during summer: an experience lived and described by an extremely cultivated and intense author of incomparable talent

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Title The Size of the World (1995) 

Author Jeff Greenwald (1954) American writer, photographer, and monologist

Plot Going around the world without leaving its surface. This is the odd and enthralling adventure that the author undertakes to take back the adventurous spirit that years of air navigation had mutilated

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Title Exterminate all the brutes (1996)

Author Sven Lindqvist (1932) Swedish writer

Plot A travel by night on board of a bus crossing the Sahara desert makes the author deeply ponder over the dawning of colonialism and genocide in Africa, as well as the origins of racist ideologies

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Title Slowly Down the Ganges (1996)

Author George Eric Newby (1919-2006) English writer

Plot On his forty-fourth birthday Eric Newby and his spouse set out on a journey along the sacred waters of the Ganges. Starting point: Hardwar; destination: Bay of Bengal. A great classic of this literary genre

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Title The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time (1996)

Author Simon Winchester (1944) British writer and journalist

Plot The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the entire world. The author travels down this river to reach the heartland of China, exploring all its complexity and ravishing soul

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Title Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy (1996)

Author Frances Mayes (1940) American university professor, poet, memoirist, essayist and novelist

Plot The author chronicles in this book her days in Tuscany, discovering the rural world of an entrancing countryside

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Title In the Country of Country: People and Places in American Music (1997)

Author Nicholas Dawidoff (1962) American writer

Plot A travel through the history of country music accompanies us along the roads of a less known, yet powerful America

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Title Into thin airA personal account of the Mt. Everest disaster (1997)

Author Jon Krakauer (1954) American writer and mountaineer, primarily known for his writings about the outdoors

Plot An essay that makes us live the most tragic expedition ever made to the Everest, in which the author took part. Two days before departure a violent storm caused some explorers' death, also putting in danger the lives of all the climbers

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Title Skating to Antarctica (1997)

Author Jenny Diski (1947-2016) English writer and journalist

Plot Every human being should find his/her way to awareness. The writer, Jenny Diski, chooses to reach the far end of the world in order to find herself among ice and snow

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Title Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica (1997)

Author Sara Diane Wheeler (1961) British writer and biographer

Plot The most remote lands of Antarctica, as described by the first foreign woman ever involved in the Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists' and Writers Program

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Title No Mercy, No Mercy: A Journey Into the Heart of the Congo Paperback (1998)

Author Redmond O’Hanlon (1947) British writer

Plot A travel diary on nature, humanity and mystery in Congo, such an exotic and powerful country to westerners' eyes 

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Title In Siberia (1999)

Author Colin Thubron (1939) British writer and novelist

Plot In Siberia is the last chapter, after Among the Russians (1981) and The Lost Heart of Asia (1994), of Russia Trilogy, curated by the author The adventure starts in Yekaterinburg and continues in Mongolia and further eastwards, showing lands and communities bewildered by the end of the communist regime and the fall of the Soviet Empire

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Title Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus (2000)

Author Robert D. Kaplan (1952) American writer and journalist

Plot Historical portrait of the writer's journey across the Balkans and the dire portents of the forthcoming war

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Title Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness (2000)

Author Jeffrey Tayler (1961) American journalists and writer

Plot From Kisangani to Kinshasa on a pirogue, stacking up 1,736 kilometres down the Congo River. The lures of Africa, among pitfalls and magic

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Title Down Under -UK- In a Sunburned Country negli USA ( 2001) 

Author Bill Bryson (1951) American, writer, explorer

Plot Stories, anecdotes and encounters gathered along the roads of the Australian continent and interpreted by the straightforward and ironic style of one of the most important authors of travel literature

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Title Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea (2001)

Author Kira Salak (1971) American writer, adventurer, and journalist 

Plot Kira Salak's epic travel of education re-creating the trip of Ivan Champion, the first British explorer to cross the island of Papua New Guinea in 1927. Kira, travelling solo for the first time, earned the tile of first western woman to cross those remote lands

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Title River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (2001)

Author Peter Hessler (1969) American writer, journalist and teacher

Plot His experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the remote province of Sichuan gives the author the opportunity to settle down in the small city of Fuling, where he works as an English teacher and becomes an active member of the community. The main characters, the narrative and the Yangtze River become the protagonists of an unexpected and brand new life

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Title Trieste: And the Meaning of Nowhere (2001)

Author James Humphrey Morris pen name Jan Morris  (1926) Welsh historian author and writer

Plot This Welsh writer takes us to her Trieste, proving to have an historian’s wisdom, a writer’s wits and a traveller’s imagination

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Title The Art of Travel (2002)

Author Alain De Botton (1969) Swiss Writer 

Plot This essay is meant to make us think about travel as a means of cultural in-depth analysis and personal meditation, thanks to the precious influence of writers, artists and philosophers

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Title Brazilian Adventure (2003)

Author Robert Peter Fleming (1907 1971) British explorer and writer

Plot The author's unconventional expedition to Amazonia to track an adventurer whose traces disappeared seven years earlier

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Title: Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia (2003)

Author Tom Bissell (1974) American, journalist, critic and fiction writer

Plot: Uzbekistan - a land of contrasts and conflicts, the land of the most violent ecocide in history - seen through the sensitivity of an exceptionally talented American young writer

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Title Maximum City. Bombay Bombay Lost and Found (2004)

Author Suketu Mehta (1963) Indian writer

Plot According to Salman Rushdie, this is the best literary interpretation of the city, made to the rhythm of the many characters and thousands of stories that enliven its roads

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Title Notes from a Small Island (2004)

Author William McGuire "Bill" BrysonAmerican pen name Bill Bryson 9)1951) Anglo-American writer and journalist

Plot Great Britain summarized in a book. A farewell travel by foot or by public means of transport across the length and breadth of a nation where the author has lived for many years and to which he wants to pay a tribute before going back to the United States

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Title The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer (2004)

Author Eric T. Hansen (1960) American writer

Plot A collection of unforgettable adventures and encounters, from the forests of Borneo to the beaches of Sri Lanka

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Title The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific (2004) 

Author Jan Maarten Troost pen name J. Maarten Troost (1969) Dutch-American travel writer and essayist

Plot Moving to Tarawa at the age of 26 to find himself in a lost island of the Pacific will be less romantic and more complicated than the author expected. A book that changes our idea of exotic islands, which we always associate with happiness

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Title Wrong About Japan (2004)

Author Peter Philip Carey pen name Peter Carey (1943) Australian novelist.

Plot A father discovers Japan through his son’s eyes. The young manga enthusiast will show his dad the country’s most lively, contemporary and technological facets 

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Title Along the Ganges (2006)

Author Ilija Trojanow (1965) Bulgarian–German writer, translator and publisher

Plot From the source to the main cities in India. A travel by boat, bus and train along the holy water of the Ganges 

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Title Cross Country (2006)

Author Robert Sullivan American journalist, writer 

Plot Fifteen years of round-trip travels in the American provinces, East to West. Fifteen years of deserted roads, sleepy countryside, lively diners, still small towns. Your sons behind you, your wife next to you The irresistible story of an irresistible summer ritual

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Title Eat, Pray, Love (2006)

Author Elizabeth M. Gilbert (1969) American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer

Plot A travel towards self-discovery, leaving behind an apparently perfect life in New York. Liz touched the readers' hearts, accompanying them through the narrow streets of a genuine and sincere Italy, as well as along the mystic roads of an overwhelming India

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Title Down the Nile (2007)

Author Rosemary Mahoney (1961) American writer

Plot In 1998 the author sets off on a travel down the Nile, on board of a seven-foot skiff. Everything that she has seen, felt, discovered and tried is gathered in her work, which smells of adventure and wonder

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Title Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time (2007)

Author Greg Mortenson (1957) American professional speaker, writer, veteran and former mountaineer

Plot One school at a time, until a network of 55 institutes is built throughout Pakistan. This is a climber’s feat, undertaken to keep the promise he made to the villagers of Korphe, who looked after him when he injured himself during an expedition

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Title Full Circle (2011)

Author Michael Edward Palin (1943) British comedian, actor, writer and television presenter

Plot The written version of the travels made in 1996 and 1997 by the author together with a BBC crew to film a series of web documentaries in the countries bordering the Pacific 

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