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The Hungarian Who Walked to Heaven : Alexander Csoma de Koros 1784-1842 (2001)
by Edward Fox
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571208053, Paperback)In 1819, the Hungarian linguist Alexander Csoma de Körös set off for Turkistan, in search of the origins of the Magyar people. He was continuously thwarted in his quest—a misunderstood innocent who became unwittingly entangled in the games of imperial intrigue and espionage that were rife in Central Asia at the time. Today, as Edward Fox so deftly illustrates, we have Csoma de Körös to thank for much of what we know about Tibetan culture. Fate eventually brought him to the Himalayas, where, in the freezing cells of Buddhist monasteries, he uncovered a vast ancient civilization hitherto unknown to the West. His was a sublimely strange life, a heroic example of scholarly masochism and obsession.
Edward Fox is the author of Sacred Geography: A Tale of Murder and Archaeology in the Holy Land.
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