Robert Byron: The Road to Oxiana

published in: 1937
read on:2023-12-30

A travelogue about Persia and Afghanistan in 1933-1934.

The book stories Byron’s 10-month journey to Persia and Afghanistan in 1933-1934 where he visits numerous mosques and other sights to study their architecture.

The travel sections are fascinating. They meet people, hustle for permits, arrange lodging, their lorries break, they wait for fair weather etc. How much and how little has travelling changed!

(The detailed descriptions of architecture weren’t that interesting.)