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Eastern Europe and The Caucasus
Caucasian Journey, Negley Farson
- Negley Farson was the grandson of an
American civil war general who rode with Sherman as they burned Georgia
from Atlanta to the sea. Perhaps that is what gave the young man his
life-long thirst for adventure? Farson flew with the Royal Flying Corps
during the First World War, took part in the Russian revolution, was
present at the arrest of Gandhi, and went on to become one of the most
celebrated international journalists of his day.
Yet one of Farson’s adventures stands alone, his equestrian exploration
of the Western Caucasus mountains. The intrepid reporter saddled up in the
spring of 1929, accompanied by an aging, eccentric Englishman who lived in
Moscow. With no prior equestrian travel experience between them, the two
would-be explorers were soon discovering the harsh realities of life on
the road. They were lashed by hailstorms, threatened by skeptical Soviet
commissars, denied shelter by suspicious natives, and spent night after
night in rain-soaked misery.
A personal chronicle of an already exciting life, “Caucasian Journey”
tells how Farson also discovered the seldom-seen splendors of this
mountainous region with its alpine snowfields painted gold by the sun,
picturesque villages forgotten by the outer world, and magnificent
horsemen who were practically born in the saddle.
A thrilling account and a poetic remembrance, “Caucasian Journey” is
an amply illustrated adventure classic. Go
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Pferde, ein Hund und Drei Soldaten,
Schwarz - It
was a special time, an envelope of peace in a war-weary Europe. The 1930s
presented a unique opportunity for three wandering Swiss horsemen to
journey across a recovering continent, a chance to see the last remnants
of nineteenth century village life before it was swept away forever by the
horrors of the Second World War.
Hans Schwarz, the author of this travel tale, was just the man to lead
such a mounted expedition. A lifelong horseman, Schwarz conceived of the
idea of riding from the mighty frozen Alps where he lived to the steamy
plains of faraway Turkey. The resulting ride can only be described as
idyllic. Along with two companions, the amiable Swiss Long Rider peeked at
tiny Liechtenstein, crossed Austria, explored Romania, fled Albania,
endured Yugoslavia, and finally reached Turkey, then rode back again!
Thus “Vier Pferde, Ein Hund und Drei Soldaten” is more than just a
well-written Swiss adventure tale. Schwarz's trip, and the resulting book,
both took on legendary status in the German-speaking world, and inspired
three generations of Swiss Long Riders to take to the saddle, including
legendary equestrian travelers, Hans Jürgen and Claudia Gottet, who rode
from Arabia to Switzerland on their native Arab horses.
Amply illustrated with classic period photos, this marks the first time
the German-language edition of this rare and important book has ever been
available in the English-speaking world!
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