studies in travel writing

Home | Noticeboard | Publications | Journal | Articles | Blog | About
 

Publications

Marsden, Philip, The Chains of Heaven: An Ethiopian Romance (New York: Harper Perennial, 2006).

Philip Marsden returns to the remote, fiercely beautiful landscape that has exercised a powerful mythic appeal over him since his first encounter with it over twenty years ago.

‘Ethiopia bred in me the conviction that if there is a wider purpose to our life, it is to understand the world, to seek out its diversity, to celebrate its heroes and its wonders – in short, to witness it.’ When Philip Marsden first went to Ethiopia in 1982, it changed the direction of his life. What he saw of its stunning antiquity, its raw Christianity, its extremes of brutality and grace prompted his curiosity, and made him a writer. But Ethiopia at that time was torn apart by civil war. The north, the ancient heartland of the country, was closed off. Twenty years later, Marsden returned. The result is this book – the account of a journey deferred. Walking hundreds of miles through a landscape of cavernous gorges, tabletop mountains and semi-desert, Marsden encounters monks and hermits, rebels and farmers. And he creates an unforgettable picture of one of the most remote regions left on earth. As in his award-winning book ‘The Spirit-Wrestlers’, Marsden reminds us of the brilliant heights that travel writing can attain, whilst celebrating the ageless rewards of the open road and the people for whom the mythic and the everyday are inextricably joined.


Publisher's webpage about this title.

  • Search for this item at google.com
  • Search for this item at goodreads.com
  • Search for this item at COPAC: the merged online catalogues of 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • Search for this item at WorldCat: the world's largest network of library content and services
  • Search for this item at isbndb.com


filed under: original works of travel writing
 

Search

Search Help

Recent Additions

Notices
Publications

Associates

Studies in Travel Writing (journal)
Centre for Travel Writing Studies (Nottingham Trent University)

Follow

facebook icon  twitter icon