Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe – Duncan Minshull
This latest collection of walking literature from Notting Hill Editions celebrates the lure and allure of the European continent and its sights, sounds and aromas-brought into even sharper relief when traveling it by foot. On foot the world comes our way. We get close to things.
Close to the Continent’s alpine ranges, arterial rivers, expansive coastlines. Close to its ancient and magisterial cities, its buildings and gardens and mysterious thoroughfares; and close to the walkers themselves-the Grand Tourers and explorers, strollers and saunterers, on their hikes and quests, parades and urban drifts. Sauntering features sixty writers-classic and current, locals and visitors alike, who laud and lament all things European.
Twenty-two countries are traversed. We walk with Henriette D’Angeville, the second woman to climb Mont Blanc; Nellie Bly roaming the trenches of the First World War; Werner Herzog on a personal pilgrimage through Germany; Robert Macfarlane dropping deep into underground Paris; Hans Christian Anderson in quarantine; Joseph Conrad in Cracow; and Rebecca Solnit reimagining change on the streets of Prague. Enjoy following these and a host of others on journeys long and short-“long pas” and “passi brevi.” Avanti!Contributors include: Patrick Leigh Fermor; John Hillaby; Robert Walser; Henriette D’Angeville; Joseph Roth; Richard Wright; Werner Herzog; Robert Antelme; George Sand; Rainer Maria Rilke; Robert Macfarlane; Rebecca Solnit; Kate Humble; Nicholas Luard; Edith Wharton; Elizabeth Van Armin; Joseph Conrad; D.H. Lawrence; Vernon Lee; Edmondo De Amicis; Guy Debord; Walter Benjamin; Charles Baudelaire; Mark Twain; Thomas Coryat