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Where Four Worlds Meet


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Hindu Kush 1959

By Fosco Maraini,   Translated from the Italian by Peter Green

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Published by Harcourt Brace & World, New York, 1964, 1st US Edition, D/w (slight wear and a couple of small nicks), V.G.   The author, widely travelled in Asia and an experienced mountaineer, led an Italian mountaineering expedition in 1959 to make the first ascent of 24,000-foot Mount Saraghrar in the Hindu Kush Mountains, on the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia and China.  “The exhilaration and exhaustion, wonder and terror involved in scaling the snows, glaciers, and precipices of the lofty mountains of Central Asia are brought out vividly in the narrative”. The four worlds meeting in his book are Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Communism. The well-written story of the actual climb is preceded by an absorbing account of the history, secular and religious, of the area.

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