Drooling on the Pillow

Friday, August 13, 2004


I'd like to recommend a remarkable book, Neal Ascherson's Black Sea. I've read it several times over the years and each time found it vastly stimulating. The format is of a travel book moving clockwise around the Black Sea from the Bosporus, but it deals with history, geology, marine biology, politics, culture, language, religion and economics. It's loaded with argument, but beautifully written. Nothing I've ever read makes more clear the dizzying series of hammer blows struck against this anvil by 1,500 years of east to west migration. Loved it.
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