From the Holy Mountain

From the Holy Mountain

A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East

by William Dalrymple

Publication Date: 15/03/1998

 
In 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps.Dalrymple's pilgrimage takes him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the vicious tensions of the West Bank, and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt, and it becomes an elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and to the peoples that have kept its flame alive. From the Holy Mountain is a rich and gripping bl of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, threaded through with Dalrymple's unique sense of black comedy.
ISBN:
9780805058734
Category:
Travel & holiday
Publication Date:
15-03-1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
244.86x164.59x41.4mm
Weight:
0.86kg
William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was just twenty-two.

Since then, he has had seven more books published and won numerous awards for his writing, including the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Award, the Hemingway Prize and The Ryszard Kapuscinski Award for Literary Reportage.

He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.

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