The Travels (Penguin Classics Hardcover)

September 29, 2019 - Comment

A sparkling new translation of the most famous travel book ever written Marco Polo’s voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China. Afterward, he served Kublai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions in the Far East. His subsequent account of his travels offers a fascinating glimpse of what he encountered abroad: unfamiliar religions; new customs

A sparkling new translation of the most famous travel book ever written

Marco Polo’s voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China. Afterward, he served Kublai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions in the Far East. His subsequent account of his travels offers a fascinating glimpse of what he encountered abroad: unfamiliar religions; new customs and societies; the spices and silks of the East; the precious gems, exotic vegetation, and wild beasts of faraway lands. Evoking a remote and long-vanished world with color and immediacy, Marco Polo’s book revolutionized Western ideas about the then-unknown East and remains one of the greatest travel accounts of all time. Nigel Cliff’s new translation, based on the original medieval sources, is a fresh, authoritative rendering, with a lively introduction and notes.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Anonymous says:

Let’s you see why we still read this This is a recent translation with the emphasis on a modern and readable style. Actually, even 18th century travel books written in English are usually quite readable, but at least until recently translations seemed to try to be unreadable – sort of “maybe you get to read this, but by heck you’re not going to enjoy it”. But this is a real pleasure to read, and comes across as the account of an engaging story teller with an enquiring and open mind.

Anonymous says:

Great Great book for my collection

Anonymous says:

Five Stars Beautifully bound hardback. Easy reading and amazingly interesting

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