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By Nick Danziger
Hardback with dust jacket. Published by Harper Collins, London, 1992. 1st Edition. Approx size: 24cm H x 16cm W (9 ½” H x 6 ¼”W). 290pp. Illustrated with 24 pages of colour and 8 pages of b&w photographs by the author; 3 maps. Index. Blue boards with gold titles to the spine. Condition: All pages present; No inscriptions; Clean, bright & tight; No tears. Dust jacket: Not price clipped; Minor fading to the spine; narrow strip of discolouration to the top of the rear jacket; No tears. Overall condition for the book & jacket – Very Good++
‘He is a traveller who brings many talents to his journeying, and it is to be hoped that he will take to the road again.’ So wrote the Times Literary Suppliment about Nick Danziger’s remarkable first book, Danziger’s Travels, in which he journeyed incognito through Iran, Afghanistan and China.
Now we learn what Danziger did next: more extraordinary episodes involving danger, pathos and comedy as the author swings from rags to riches and back again in some of the most outlandish places on earth. His assignments bring him into contact with both the unimaginably rich in Miami, Palm Beach and on the QE II, and the wretchedly dispossessed in Afghanistan and on the borders between Iraq and Turkey and between Mexico and the USA.
Vivid encounters with the designer yuppies and glitterati of New York and California are followed by a photographic commission which brings him face to face with a horrific massacre of Kurdish refugees in Turkey – and a narrow escape from death. Returning to Kabul after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, he finds the city under attack by his old friends, the mujahedeen, and sees for himself the pointless destruction and terror occurring on both sides of the forgotten civil war.
He attends the Ayatollah Khomeini’s funeral in Tehran, amidst scenes of mass hysteria; goes in search of the Tuareg in Libya, and mingles with the would-be ‘wetback’ immigrants from Tijuana – some of whom literally dig their way into the United States. Finally, he returns once more to Afghanistan – and to the abandoned children in Marastoon mental asylum, Kabul, whom he helps to find a new home.
Throughout, Danziger’s Adventures is full of gripping incidents and colourful encounters, linked by an eye for the bizarre and a profound awareness of our common humanity.
Overall condition for the book & jacket – Very Good++