These very popular guides, with fantastic photography and mapping, give a great overview of the city which makes exploring easy. The only drawback is that having got you to a place the supplemental information is limited. This volume contains good colour coded sections on all regions of the city.
A long overdue republication of Andrei Bely's novel Petersburg, a representation of the pre-revolution chaos in St Petersburg through the story of Nikolai Apollonovich, a young revolutionary who has been ordered to assassinate his own father. A classic and overwhelmingly influential piece of Russian literature described by Vladimir Nabokov as "one of the four most important works of twentieth century literature."
A magnificent novel that we recommend to our customers on a daily, nay hourly, basis. In this poignant story of thwarted young love set in Azerbaijan on the eve of WWI, Said deftly weaves a classic tale of religious division and the fight for independence. Don't miss 'The Orientalist' either, a cracking biography of the author.
The best work on the Mongols since its first edition publication in 1986, this revised 2nd edition of David Morgans essential work is the essential starting point to learning about histories greatest land empire and dispelling the myths of the Nomadic Mongols as barbarians. A student of Middle East studies luminaries such as Anne Lambton and Bernard Lewis, Morgan guides us through the empire, from its formation on the steppes of Central Asia to its dominance, in the forms of the Golden Horde, Ilkhanate and Yuan Dynasty (in Russia, the Middle East and China respectively), of the majority of Eurasia. A must-read.
Re-published shortly after his death, this classic work of reportage is founded on the lives of the ordinary Russians Kapuscinski met in the last moments of the USSR. Written with great clarity and sympathy, we cannot recommend this book highly enough - the same goes for all of this great author's oeuvre.
This fantastic series offers rich cultural and historical accounts of the world's great cities. Here the able Brooke explores the way in which Moscow has reinvented itself across history, and the fascination it has exerted over the writers, artists and composers who have made the city their home.
A contemporary classic, Reid's book tells the fascinating history of Ukraine through the eyes of its inhabitants, blended beautifully with her own observations. An insightful, intelligent book, essential for anyone visiting this unique country.
A wonderful travelogue, part history and part philosophy, of the Dutch authors journey to the summit of Mount Ararat. Westerman explores the political and social history of this mountain which sits on the borders of Turkey, Iran and Armenia as well as his own loss of religious belief.
City guide experts Time Out have produced their first Caucasian Guide. Baku, the historic Caspian port capital of Azerbaijan is described in full glory, with a generous selection of colour photography and illustration. Time Out is the guide of choice for city breaks, giving you historical context as well as the most up-to-date hotel, restaurant and bar listings, as well as top-quality maps and travel information.
A classic true adventure story. Maclean was a witty and shrewd observer and one not averse to an ill-advised escapade, all of which makes this account of his mid-20th Century Central Asian antics highly entertaining.
Award-winning New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins provides a visceral understanding of the wars in Afghanistan and Iran. An astonishing piece of unflinching and compassionate journalism which seeks to portray the human experience of war.
A fascinating book which explores the three Russian Chechen wars since 1994, the last two of which were largely unreported by the Western press. Vitally informative, Seierstad reveals the gruesome devastation wreaked upon the Chechens by a Russian army whose soldiers were often no more than boys.