SIR NICHOLAS BARRINGTON served in the British Embassy in Kabul From 1959 to 1961. While Ambassador in Islamabad, his last post, from 1987-94, he also covered Afghan affairs.JOSEPH T. KENDRICK was political officer in the American Embassy in Kabul in the late 1950s, after which he continued in the US State Department dealing with Soviet and national security affairs. He died in 2003.REINHARD SCHLAGINTWEIT was posted to West Germany’s Kabul Embassy between 1938 and 1961. He later became German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and served as Director General for Asia, the Middle East and the Third World in the German Foreign Ministry.
A PASSAGE TO NURISTAN
A first hand account of extraordinary travel, it is a reminiscent of “Short Walk in the Hindu Kush”. This book about Afghanistan is highly topical. Despite its recent upheavals, for most of the twentieth century Afghanistan was a sleepy, faraway place of little interest to outsiders. Nowhere was the romance and mystery attached to the country more dramatically expressed than in its Nuristan region (formerly Kafiristan – Land of Infidels). Here, the spectacular mountains and lush but inaccessible valleys have, for centuries, been home to one of the world’s least known peoples. Isolated in their mountain villages, the Nuristanis were only converted to Islam at the end of the nineteenth century. “A Passage to Nuristan” is the story of three young westerners – a Briton, an American and a German – who in 1960 set out to penetrate a land that few westerners had set eyes on. Unable to rely on maps or information on what would confront them, they were guided step by precarious step into the unknown world previously immortalised by Kipling’s “The Man Who Would be King”. This is the contemporary record – now published for the first time – of an extraordinary journey. It will fascinate all who are interested in Afghanistan, Central Asia and travel. At the same time it captures the essence of a time and a place now gone forever.
Publisher: I.B. TAURIS