A brilliant account of a death-defying walk through Afghanistan Rory Stewart's sparsely poetic, and highly acclaimed account of his walk across Afghanistan in January 2002 has been hailed as a modern classic of travel writing. Travelling entirely on foot and following the inaccessible, mountainous route, Stewart was nearly defeated by the hostile conditions. With the help of an unexpected companion and the generosity of the people he met on the way, however, he survived to report back on a region closed to the world by twenty-four years of war.
'With a deft, at times poetic vividness, he describes an awesome landscape scarred by a present and a past of violence and death...His encounters with Afgahns are tragic, touching and terrifying.' Daily Telegraph
'wise, funny and marvelously humane' Michael Ignatieff
'Stewart's ability to speak Dari, the Afghan dialect of Persian, and his understanding of Islamic culture, give him an insight into the country which few could match' New Statesman
'This is an astonishing achievement: a unique journey of great courage' Colin Thubron