A POET'S BAZAAR: A Journey to Greece, Turkey and up the Danube by Hans Christian Andersen

A POET'S BAZAAR: A Journey to Greece, Turkey and up the Danube

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first American edition of the famed author's episodic account of an 1840 journey through (mostly) Mediterranean lands. This is very much a storyteller's narrative; several stand-alone tales weave in (including at least one, ""My Boots,"" not published elsewhere), and the tone is impressionable, intensely personal--if not terribly reliable. (Andersen's depiction of Whirling Dervishes, for instance, demonstrates a total misunderstanding of this sect). Sail, wonderful images abound (on Liszt: ""He seemed to me a demon, nailed fast to the instrument. . .""; on the Mediterranean: ""The sea seemed to be only a blue veil, a starless heaven beneath us. . .""), and Andersen collectors as well as those interested in an innocently fresh take on last century's world will be pleased with this volume.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1987
Publisher: Michael Kesend--dist. by Kampmann (9 East 40 St., New York, NY 10016)