Now in a handsome and newly revised hardcover edition: the extraordinary travelogue that has enthralled readers for more than seven centuries.
Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of the splendid cities and people he encountered on his journey along the Silk Road through the Middle East, South Asia, and China opened a window for his Western readers onto the fascinations of the East and continued to grow in popularity over the succeeding centuries. To a contemporary audience, his colorful stories—and above all, his breathtaking description of the court of the great Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor of China—offer dazzling portraits of worlds long gone.
The classic Marsden and Wright translation of The Travels has been revised and updated by Peter Harris, with new notes, a bibliography, and an introduction by award-winning travel writer Colin Thubron.
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About the Author
Ne a Venise en1254, Marco Polo a dix-sept ans quand son pere l'emmene faire un voyage qui le conduit au bout du monde connu: en Chine. La, il sert l'empereur Koubilai Khan pendant dix-sept ans et visite tout l'Extreme-Orient avant de rentrer chez lui avec beaucoup de choses a raconter. C'est pendant qu'il est en prison a Genes qu'il dicte le recit de ce qu'il a vu: Le Livre des Merveilles. Apres avoir couru mille dangers, Marco Polo est mort dans son lit, a Venise, a l'age de soixante-dix ans.
Peter Harris is Senior Lecturer in psychology at the University of Sheffield. Previously, he has worked at the universities of Sussex (twice), Hertfordshire and Nottingham, and has been a visiting fellow at the universities of Amsterdam and Oxford. His principal research interests and journal publications are in social and health psychology.