From the spice forests of Sumatra to the Sea of Japan, this elusive, astonishing work describes palaces the size of cities, bejewelled kings, 'paper money', pearl fishers, yogi and naked warriors in vivid, immediate detail. Now in a fresh, authoritative translation, it remains one of the most influential travel books of all time.
Marco Polo (Author)
Marco Polo was born in 1254, joining his father on a journey to China in 1271. He spent the next twenty years travelling in the service of Kublai Khan. There is evidence that Marco travelled extensively in the Mongol Empire and it is fairly certain he visited India. He wrote his famous Travels whilst a prisoner in Genoa.
Nigel Cliff (Translator)
Nigel Cliff's first book, The Shakespeare Riots (2007), was shortlisted for the Washington-based National Award for Arts Writing. His second book, The Last Crusade- Vasco da Gama and the Birth of the Modern World appeared in 2011.
The translation is excellent. The English is clear and modern, but preserves the flavour of the original ... It will doubtless become a standard work and will deservedly take its place as one of the best English translations of Marco Polo's account of his travels -- Stephen G. Haw