Genre : History
Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN_10 : 9781787201125
Copyright Year : 2016-10-21
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In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an. What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize all the exotic things longed for, and unknown things hoped for, by the people of the T’ang empire. This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), and depicts their influence on Chinese life. Into the land during the three centuries of T’ang came the natives of almost every nation of Asia, all bringing exotic wares either as gifts or as goods to be sold. Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls—the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effect on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry. This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter.” “The most essential thing the reviewer can say about this book is, ‘Read it!’ It is probably the most informative, most scholarly, and most delightfully written book on China that has appeared in our time. It is a heartening reminder that scholars still have an interest in studying history in terms of people, in examining people’s intimate reactions to the little human things that occupied their daily lives.”—Jour. of Asian Studies “A pure delight....Scarcely any aspect of T’ang life is omitted, so that bit by bit Mr. Schafer builds up a reasonably complete picture of an entire civilization. Mr· Schafer writes with urbanity and wit.”—Sat. Rev. “A fascinating survey of T’ang culture as reflected in the use and demand for exotica....Rarely has the reviewer come upon a book so enjoyable and informative·”—Jour. of the American Oriental Society.

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📒 To Samarkand And Back by Roma Gelblum-Bross

Genre : Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Publisher : Westmount, Quebec : Roma Bross Reg'd
ISBN_10 : STANFORD:36105122945962
Copyright Year : 1992
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📒 Samarkand by Amin Maalouf

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Abacus
ISBN_10 : 9780748131242
Copyright Year : 2012-04-19
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Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus beginds the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript ; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.

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📒 Red Star In Samarkand by Anna Louise Strong

Genre : Communism
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ISBN_10 : UOM:39015058407951
Copyright Year : 1930
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📒 Samarkand by Kate Clanchy

Genre : Poetry
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
ISBN_10 : 9781447210290
Copyright Year : 2011-09-23
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Few first collections in recent years have made the impact of Kate Clanchy’s award-winning Slattern, which gained her a reputation as a poet of great immediacy and wit. In this new book her range is extended dramatically. Samarkand is both a darker and a more sunlit collection than its predecessor. Inside, the reader will find surreal elegies; love poems of every humour; grim episodes from colonial history and meditations on home and distance as well as some practical advice on having sex with angels – all delivered with the effortless musicality of phrase and formal panache that are fast becoming Clanchy’s trademarks.

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📒 Samarkand by Andrei G. Nedvetsky

Genre : History
Publisher : Garnet Pub Ltd
ISBN_10 : UOM:39015008990999
Copyright Year : 1992
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Samarkand, the second largest city in Uzbekistan, is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, prospering from its location on the trade route between China and Europe known as the Silk Road

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📒 Leningrad To Samarkand by Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani

Genre : Soviet Union
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ISBN_10 : IND:39000001817605
Copyright Year : 1962
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📒 Murder In Samarkand by Craig Murray

Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Random House
ISBN_10 : 9781780578262
Copyright Year : 2013-05-24
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When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan to take up his post in 2002, he was a young ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called 'democratising' states. Following his discovery that the British government was accepting information obtained under torture, Murray could no longer maintain a diplomatic silence. When he voiced his outrage, Washington and 10 Downing Street decided he had to go. But Uzbekistan had changed the high-living diplomat and there was no way he was going to go quietly. In this candid and at times shocking memoir, Murray lays bare the dark and dirty underside of the War on Terror.

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📒 Samarkand by Ivan Ivanovich Umni︠a︡kov

Genre : Architecture
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ISBN_10 : UOM:39015050537938
Copyright Year : 1972
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📒 The Amulet Of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Genre : Juvenile Fiction
Publisher : Random House
ISBN_10 : 9781446480007
Copyright Year : 2011-07-29
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The first volume in the brilliant, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence. When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.

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