SOUTH FROM EPHESUS
Travels through Aegean Turkey

BRIAN SEWELL
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Weary of what he called the ‘tyranny’ of western art, Sewell first visited Turkey in 1975. He thought that anything he found would have no relevance to the European art he had so compulsively ‘stitched into the dense fabric of my art-historical memory’, that he could enjoy the art for its own sake. But Turkey surprised him and he delighted in the unexpected wealth of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic cultures, returning three or four times a year until 1990. The main focus of this book is his journey from Ephesus to Side one winter. Sewell describes (not always favourably) the archaeological and historical sites he comes across, the landscapes that so thrilled him, the encounters he has along the way and the fractious, though wonderfully funny, relationship he forms with his driver.

Startlingly original. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT