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In the Land of Giants Gabi Martinez

In the Land of Giants By Gabi Martinez

In the Land of Giants by Gabi Martinez

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Reminiscent of Into The Wild, In the Land of Giants goes in search of a charismatic, enigmatic adventurer who lost his life on a mysterious quest through one of the most hostile landscapes on earth.

In the Land of Giants Summary

In the Land of Giants: hunting monsters in the Hindu Kush by Gabi Martinez

'The imagination has its sanctuaries, too.'

High up in the Hindu Kush, between the ancient pagan Kalash people and the new medievalists of the Taliban, a charismatic young Spaniard, Jordi Magraner, made his home, mastering the local languages and customs before meeting his death in the most mysterious way. In this magisterial book, Gabi Martinez sets off in Jordi's footsteps to the land of the giants in order to try to solve the riddle of this murder and of Jordi's life.

Jordi Magraner was a brilliant student of the natural world, whose lab was the ravine and the scarp and the tent. His observational investigations led him to places where the legendary barmanu had been sighted, and he began to develop a thesis about the life of the wild man. His passion for pursuit and discovery took him onto ever more perilous terrain in the Pakistani-Afghan borderlands. And, one by one, Jordi turned his back on the Europeans who sought to assist him, preferring instead to entrust his safety to an Afghan youth fleeing the Taliban, and to a wondrous working dog called Fjord.

Jordi sought other rewards, and followed a winding, rocky path, down which Gabi Martinez resourcefully tracks him on this enthralling journey of detection and adventure in the Himalayas - where the truth is never as clear and pristine as the majestic mountains and the fast-flowing streams.

In the Land of Giants Reviews

'When reading this book, one gets gusts of the best of Kipling, and also of Chatwin, even of Robert Byron. It's the story of an obsessive trip, of a murder, of several love affairs, of a journey, of an adventurer who got lost forever, of the danger latent in trying to uncover an elusive truth and a truth only meaningful for he who wants it told (and then also, of course, for the fortunate reader). Fascinating from start to finish, In the Land of Giants is the kind of incredible story only an excess of reality can provide.'

* Javier Marias *

'A book that caught me from beginning to end, in which many genres are combined. It is a classic book of adventures, but it is also the biography of a character that has fascinated me, a kind of Lawrence of Arabia with many contrasts.'

-- John Carlin, author of Playing the Enemy

'A dark and hypnotic book, the chronicle of a fascination (or two) that leads us to remote and majestic places, to the Kiplingesque Hindu Kush, where adventure has simmered for centuries, and which also leads us to the most remote and sinister side of the human soul.'

* El Pais *

'Martinez ably conjures the scent of juniper, the taste of black, salty tea and the sight of a 40-donkey convoy heading to Panjsh.'

* Spectator *

'The translation skilfully captures the eccentric nature of the prose, and Martinez's fascination comes through clearly.'

-- Ali Bhutto * TLS *

'Enthralling from beginning to end, In the Land of Giants is an inspired telling of an uncommon story.'

* West Australian *

'A murder mystery more intriguing than anything you could make up.'

* Sunday Territorian *

About Gabi Martinez

Gabi Martinez has published eleven fiction and non-fiction books. He is particularly well-known for his outstanding travel writing and literary journalism, and his novels have been selected as books of the year by Spanish literary magazine Que Leer. Martinez was included in Palgrave/Macmillan's list of the top five writers of Spanish Vanguardism in the last 20 years. Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator, with some eighty books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award, and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among many others. His recent translations include Diamela Eltit's Never Did the Fire, a novel, and Sidarta Ribeiro's The Oracle of Night, a nonfiction book about neuroscience and dreaming.

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In the Land of Giants: hunting monsters in the Hindu Kush by Gabi Martinez
Used - Very Good
Scribe Publications
Runner-up for The Premio Valle Inclan Prize 2018 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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