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  • Published: 29 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448107308
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
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Out of Steppe




Exploring his life-long fascination with the Silk Road, Daniel Metcalfe travels alone through remote regions of Central Asia in search of some of its lost peoples.

Daniel Metcalfe journeys through the five 'stans, as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan, and brings to life the brilliant human tapestry they comprise - uniquely shaped by the immigrants, deportees and conquerors that have settled there. Revealing a Central Asia that is far removed from the home of Borat or the land of international terrorism, Metcalfe unlocks the secrets of this troubled region, glorying in its diversity and also lamenting the economic and cultural changes that threaten to eradicate some of its peoples...

  • Pub date: 29 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448107308
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
Categories:

About the Author

Daniel Metcalfe

Daniel Metcalfe was born in London in 1979. After graduating in Classics from Oxford University, he spent over a year in Iran and Central Asia, which inspired his first book, Out of Steppe: The Lost Peoples of Central Asia. It was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Award 2009 and the Dolman Travel Award 2010. Daniel, who speaks Persian, Russian, Swedish and Portuguese, has written for the Economist, Guardian, Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller and the Literary Review.

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Praise for Out of Steppe

“This book's idea is timely: a quest for six ethnic communities that, after surviving the depredations of Sovietism, are now, as Central Asia modernises, disappearing ... [Metcalfe's] book has many virtues, the greatest of which are courage and a keen eye for detail, plus an ability to convey the essence of a place through the briefest of anecdotes”

Independent

“This is a book of great warmth and immense scholarship, in the best tradition of travel writing. It opens up a region about which most of us are vague. It is fascinating reading”

Irish Times

“Daniel Metcalfe journeys through the five 'stans, as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan, and brings to life the human tapestry they comprise”

Sunday Tribune

“This is an important book: a first-hand account from an adventurous traveller who has dared to explore the fulcrum of Asian geopolitics. Read this and you will understand why we need to care about Central Asia. Metcalfe has reminded us of why travel-writing matters”

Nicholas Crane, author of Clear Waters Rising

“Enterprising and finely written ... Metcalfe can justly be compared with British adventurers such as Robert Byron”

Economist

“Fresh, witty and full of quirky detail ... the book is also a serious, sometimes moving account of environmental degradation, political repression and social isolation”

Financial Times

“Full of telling anecdotes and snappy metaphors, Out of Steppe is a humane portrait of a region with a complex past and an uncertain future”

Daily Mail

“Metcalfe writes with sensitivity and great flair ... I was totally absorbed”

Paddy Ashdown


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