From Shanghai to the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, from Mozart to Robert Gernhardt, from antiquity to Frankfurt's futuristic bankscape - Martin Mosebach shows us some unusual routes off the beaten track, whether we are reading about the world or travelling it.
What's better, reading or travelling? Is it better to take a closer look at the familiar places just around the corner or open our minds to more exotic destinations? Martin Mosebach is well versed in both, and here he weaves a startling, rich and varied tapestry of experience from his meanderings. His studies of destinations both distant and local lead him to Cairo and the Shio-Mgvime Monastery in Georgia as well as in-depth analysis of Heimito von Doderer's art of archery. Mosebach considers whether Germany can still be regarded as a civilized nation despite the inflationary influx of foreign terminology and contemplates the ghastliness of modern sport. The mark of this writer's virtuosity is his unique ability to discover significance within trivialities, whether he's at home reading a novel or off on his travels to Havana, Korea or Sarajevo. Martin Mosebach's skill as an essayist has won him as much acclaim as his accomplishments as a novelist. His secret is to present even the most familiar things from an entirely new perspective. Read Away is the definitive guide book for the literate traveller.