The Liquid Continent
Travels Through Alexandria, Venice and Istanbul
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|Format: ||Paperback, 380 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 20 February 2015|
Combining history and travel narrative, Nicholas Woodsworth journeys around the eastern edge of the Mediterranean, the sea which gave birth to Western civilisation. This sea, he says, should not be seen as an empty space surrounded by Europe, Asia and Africa, but as a continent in its own right, a place from whose coastlines people look, not outwards to distant countries or that capitals but inwards across the water to each other. The Mediterranean has its own culture, its own life, its own way of being. Setting out from Alexandria, in a journey marked by lively and unpredictable encounters, Woodsworth discovershidden corners of Venice, before arriving at Istanbul, where he installs himself in a former Benedictine monastery. In all these places he finds traces of a vibrant and cosmopolitan heritage, and asks what these cities and their inhabitants owe to the sea.
About the Author
Nicholas Woodsworth was Africa Correspondent of the Financial Times. His travelogues include Crossing Jerusalem: Journeys at the Centre of the World's Trouble and Seeking Provence: Old Myths, New Paths.
'A Mediterranean trilogy to cherish ... Woodsworth has a lively, accessible style' - Guardian
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