• "An achievement of great and lasting brilliance"

    Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • "This transcendentally gifted writer is, of course, one of the two or three best living travel writers"

  • "A travel book which tells us more about this strange, sometimes terrible region and its people than a library of more pretentious works"

    Literary Review
  • "An intrepid traveller, who also writes beautifully, with wit and erudition... The result is a rare first-hand account of a country seen through the eyes of one who has experienced what he describes and who is in a position to understand what he sees... He penetrates where most would believe it is impossible for a foreigner to go"