NAMED AS ONE OF THE BEST TRAVEL BOOKS OF ALL TIME BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER
‘It’s a treasure of a book, a must-have’
‘An astute observer of [India’s] changing ways’
The River Ganges has a thousand names. Hindu priests regard it as a sin to call her a river at all. She is a goddess, the source of the world, her waters holy and healing and sold to Hindus all over the world.
Ilija Trojanow travelled along the Ganges from the source, where it breaks free from the eternal ice in the Himalayas. to the great cities, by boat, by bus, on overcrowded trains. He visited the great Hindu festivals and talked to those who warn of looming ecological disaster. His report describes a country poised between ancient traditions and astonishing modernity, and the holy river that crosses it for hundreds of miles.
ILIJA TROJANOW is the award-winning author of the travelogue Mumbai to Mecca and the novel The Collector of Worlds. His work has won the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the Berliner Literaturpreis.