Under a Sickle Moon (Signed copy)
Signed by Peregrine Hodson, his travels through Afghanistan in 1984
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, 226pp.
Inscribed and initialled directly to the title page by Peregrine Hodson, "with best wishes for [A Journey through Afghanistan]. from the author, PH"
A scarce book to find signed. In 1984 journalist Peregrine Hodson crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan with rebel mujahedin smuggling arms and ammunition, beginning a thousand-mile journey through the war-torn nation. Fluent in Farsi, he was able to observe the war with stunning intimacy and eloquently capture the essence of the Afghan people and their culture. As the travelers survived bombings by Soviet aircraft, an ambush by a rival faction, and becoming swept up in a major offensive, Hodson would come to gain a unique perspective on their hopes for peace and religious devotion. Bringing together travel writing, war reportage, and history, this is a richly rendered portrait of a complex people.
This copy is in very good condition. The dustwrapper has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.