Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers (Paladin Books)
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Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers (Paladin Books)

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This account describes the author's adventures during an 18-month journey "beyond forbidden frontiers" in Asia. With minimal equipment and disguised as an itinerant Muslim, he hitch-hiked and walked through southern Turkey, and the Iran of the Ayatollahs, entering Afghanistan illegally in the wake of a convoy of Chinese weapons and then spent months dodging Russian helicop...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 22nd 1993 by Flamingo
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Oct 02, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: arm chair travellers
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Paul Theroux
I read this because it languished on my shelf for so long that the spine, originally a deep crimson red has faded away to a greyish yellow due to exposure to the sun. If the irreversible organic decay of a book before your very eyes is not a strong enough sign that a book has been on your shelf for too long then i'm not sure what is. Therefore in a bid to see this book go off and have its own adventure (via www.bookcrossing.com - sign up you'll bloody love it!), I pulled it off the shelf and it...more
A pretty incredible (if true?) travel saga of a young UK artist who gets a grant to travel the "silk road" via land in 1983-1985. So he does. There are some very interesting behind the scenes parts in Herat hanging with the mujaheddin and he describes the horrific conditions of being an "insurgent" or in this case a freedom fighter fighting the USSR, when the MiGs come in to bomb some donkeys, women and freedom fighters. Hells bells, there are a ton of stories in this book, as you can imagine tr...more
Umair Hasan
It was a treat to read Danziger's adventures in the region specially Afghanistan. Writing about the resistance used to be pretty popular among the western authors in 80s. But reading from someone who spent some time with the Mujahideen while not amongst them but part of them really gives an interesting insight.

Apart from Afghanistan thingie, the way he overcame the difficulties in completing his "Mission silk route" really gives one the inspiration that if you have faith and decide to make your...more
dead letter office
this guy is one of those intrepid travelers that might have crossed the border between fearless and not right in the head. he traveled the silk road from istanbul to beijing, crossing border after border illegally without a visa. the place where he most impressively demonstrated his disregard for reality was afghanistan, which he traversed in the middle of the extremely bloody war between the Soviets and the proto-Taliban.
Murray Henderson
This book sat on the top shelf of my bookcase for many, many years. I didn't want to read it as I feared it would have me yearning again for my backpacking days around Asia decades ago. That said, I never went into a 'live' war zone like Danziger but the general hardships of life on the road ... on a tight budget ... were pretty similar. It delivers a fascinating insight into the 'ordinary' people in the Middle East and especially Afghanistan, that war-blighted country in a time when the Soviets...more
This was a profound influence on me. Also, it was where I first heard about the Uyghurs.
Epic travel book; I aspire to do what he did!
Harry Hunter
While i'll admit I found some of later chapters dealing with the travel through China a little tedious feeling too much of a travel diary rather than an adventure/anthropological study, the 'core' of the book dealing with journey through Afghanistan, Pakistan and the crossing of the Chinese border into Tashkurgan was absolutely gripping.

I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in Central South Asian culture & politics. This along with Elliot's 'An unexpected light' set in the aftermath...more
Emmet E
Epic road trip
Joseph Rice
one of the best adventure travelogues out there. especially interesting is the author's encounter with the mujahadeen fighting the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. overall, the author has a good eye for detail and description.
Jul 15, 2008 Randi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a different perspective on the world
One of the first travelogue books I ever read, and a great read. Nick Danziger writes a compelling story of a world that was in turmoil then and continues to struggle today.
Alex Tilley
Jun 05, 2013 Alex Tilley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Intrepid travels, not for package tourists
I read this in my early twenties and it inspired me to trot all over the globe. His daring comes across in a simple yet captivating account of his adventures.
Peggy Payne Paustenbach
great read and insight into the middle east during the 1980's. Should be read for perspective by anyone going to this part of the world.
Loved the adventures in Afghanistan.

Not quite so impressed by his adventures in Iran...
very good, an exceptional journey and well written but looses a star for his incredible smugness
Probably the most amazing piece of travel writing I've ever read.
An enjoyable book from a wanderer.
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