Ella Maillart and her trip to Afghanistan

Ella Maillart, about whom I’ve written in the past was one the giants of pre world war two travel, travelling across Xianjaing with Peter Fleming and driving with Annemarie Schwarzenbach from Switzerland to Afghanistan on the eve of world war two.

Schwarzenbach captured the journey in her lyrical impressionistic book ’All the Ways are Open’, Maillart in her rather more factual ‘Cruel Way’.

Maillart’s book has been out of print for a number of years, although still findable through AbeBooks, and Schwarzenbach’s account was republished in 2011.

However Maillart’s book has been recently republished by the University of Chicago press both as a paperback and as an e-book – and for the interested Inside Story, the Australian political and literary weekly has a long review of the new edition …

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