From “The Minaret of Djam” to “East or West”

In Freya Stark’s The Minaret of Djam: An Excursion in Afghanistan I found an almost perfect evocation of one of the main concepts behind East or West :

“The sweet out-of-doors drowsiness wrapped me as if it were a part of the mountain darkness, and the river lisped and murmured between its invisible banks. It knows its own direction, I thought, and remembered a poem written long ago — ‘Deep in my heart direction lies’ — if we can follow that, we move safely and any road can lead us, carrying through the darkness like the Helmand, our own secret climate of repose.”

 

Citation: Stark, Freya. The Minaret of Djam: An Excursion in Afghanistan. London: J. Murray, 1970. Print.

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