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South from Ephesus: Travels Through Aegean Turkey

South from Ephesus: Travels Through Aegean Turkey
Brian Sewell

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Weary of what he called the "tyranny" of western art, Brian Sewell first visited Turkey - a country that had captivated him since he was a boy - in 1975. He thought that there, anything he found would have no relevance to the European art that he had so compulsively "stitched into the dense fabric of my art-historical memory" and that he could therefore enjoy the art for its own sake. But Turkey surprised him and he delighted in the unexpected wealth of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic cultures there, returning three of four times a year until 1990. The main bulk of this book focuses on his journey from Ephesus to Side one winter. With typically acerbic commentary, Sewell describes (not always favourably) the archaeological and historical sites he comes across, the landscapes that so clearly thrilled him, the encounters he has along the way and the fractious, though wonderfully funny, relationship he forms with Ayhan, his driver. South from Ephesus is an incomparable portrait of Turkey and its artistic heritage - a book that could only have been written by Sewell and which has become a quirky classic of travel literature.

Author Info

Brian Sewell is one of the most recognisable names in art criticism today: discerning, often controversial and - without fail - entertaining and informative. He appears regularly on TV and radio and is the art critic of London's Evening Standard.


‘An excellent read.’
– Evening Standard

‘Startlingly original.’
– Times Literary Supplement

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780761206
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2012
Number of Pages: 288
Illustrations: 8pp bw plates, 3 bw integrated

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