by Marco Polo, Nigel Cliff
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A sparkling new translation of one of the greatest travel books ever written: Marco Polo seminal counts of his trips to the eastMarco Polo was the most famous traveler of his time.His travels began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served Kublai Khan on many diplomatic missions.On his return to the West, he was taken prisoner of war and met Rustichello de Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book.His travel narrative offers a fascinating glimpse of what he encountered abroad: unknown religions, customs and societies; spices and silks of the Orient; precious stones, exotic vegetation and wild beasts from distant lands.From the evocation of a remote control and long since disappeared from the world with colors and immediacy, Marco’s book revolutionized the Western idea of then unknown in the East and is still one of the greatest travel narratives of all time.For this edition – the first totally new English translation of the Voyage for more than fifty years – Nigel Falaise, she has taken up the original manuscript of the sources to produce a new reference, new version.The volume also contains invaluable editorial material, including an introduction describing the world as it stood on the eve of Polo’s departure, and examining the fantastic notions of the West developed from the East.
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