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Dreaming of the desert: my life in the Sahara, by Sanmao

24 January 2020

10:00 PM

24 January 2020

10:00 PM

Stories of the Sahara Sanmao

Bloomsbury, pp.395, £16.99

So It Goes: Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and Places in Between Nicolas Bouvier

Eland, pp.192, £14.99

Travel writing is ‘the red light district of literature’, as Colin Thubron aptly put it, a space where anything goes. Like punters to the other red light districts, we tend to stick to what we know we like, to our own kind. We travel vicariously with voices that are familiar, or at least intelligible, whose behaviour we can understand, whose narrators we believe we can know.

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