Romania

Jehan de Mandeville's "The Travels"
Afghanistan

Jean de Mandeville

The real Baudolino.

In the 14th century, English knight Jean de Mandeville claims to have traveled around much of the known (and unknown) world…

Michael Olbert's "Chatwin's Guru And Me"
Albania

Michael Olbert

Supernatural nuisance.

In the mid 2000s, Michael Olbert is a huge fan of Bruce Chatwin, who in turn was a huge fan (and a personal friend) of Patrick Leigh Fermor…

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta's "The Travels"
Afghanistan

Ibn Battuta

A wagging finger.

In 1325, young Moroccan scholar Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta embarks on his hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. But he doesn’t stop there…

Johann Schiltberger's "The Bondage and Travels of Johann Schiltberger"
Afghanistan

Johann Schiltberger

A (medieval) average Joe.

In 1394, Johann Schiltberger is still a teenager when he embarks on what historians have later dubbed the “Last Crusade”. He gets captured in the Battle of Nicopolis and serves as a slave to the Ottomans for six years…