On Foot to Constantinople: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

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New York Review Books, New York, 2005, 3rd pr.  ISBN 1-59017-166-7.  Trade soft cover, 264 pages including Appendix and Index.  Unread copy with a touch of edge and cover wear; not remaindered.  Introduction by Jan Morris.  ‘… begins where its predecessor, A Time of Gifts, leaves off – in 1934, with the nineteen-year-old Patrick Leigh Fermor standing on a bridge crossing the Danube between Hungary and Slovakia.  A trip downriver to Budapest follows, along with passage on horseback across the Great Hungarian Plain, and a crossing of the Romanian border into Transylvania.  Remote castles, villages, monasteries, and mountains that are the haunts of bears, wolves, eagles, gypsies, and sundry religious sects are all savored in the approach to the Iron Gates, on the border of Yugoslavia and Romania.’ (from rear wrap)

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