Along the Amber Route: St Petersburg to Venice
Sandstone Press, 27 February 2020
Shortlisted for Stanford Dolman Award
Longlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize
‘Timely and powerful…’ — Sue Gaisford, Financial Times
‘Schüler is the perfect guide to this complex history.’ Vanora Bennett, TLS
‘A rich and rewarding read, providing a kaleidoscopic multi-layered view of Central Europe – then and now.’ —BookBlast
‘Schüler is steeped in the European tradition and Along the Amber Route deserves to join the great literature of Mitteleuropa which includes the likes of Claudio Magris’s Danube and the work of Elias Canetti.’ — Irish Examiner
‘Crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching […] full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’ — Ian Thomson, author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica
‘Artfully woven into these stories is a contemporary travelogue of his experience; a poetic memoir of his experience of constantly moving through these landscapes’ — Rachel Lichtenstein, author of Estuary and Rodinsky’s Room
‘An excellent book, and perfect holiday reading. Deeply moving.’ — Edward Biddulph, Oxford Archaeology
Light, portable and high in value, amber is an ideal commodity for long-distance trade. An Amber Route, comparable to the Silk Road, ran from the Baltic to the Mediterranean for thousands of years.
C.J. Schüler followed this route by bus, train and boat for 2,500 kilometres along river valleys, forest paths and Roman roads. His journey traces both the greatest fault lines of European geopolitics and his own family’s history. As he explores lands contested by Romans and Vandals, Teutons and Slavs, lost empires and the former Iron Curtain, Schüler must also confront his own family history, Nazism and the Holocaust.
You can follow the route on this interactive map created by the brilliant people at Sandstone Press.
Publication Date: 27/02/2020