Travel writing has had a profound impact on human history. From the copious notes and immaculately descriptive journals of explorers and adventurers who braved the daunting task of journeying into the unknown, historians have been able to gather invaluable information that has allowed us to glimpse into portions of our past that otherwise would have been lost to us.
The DLF this year is going to feature two of the most celebrated travel writers: VS Naipaul and Tim Cope.
Naipaul, the Nobel Laureate, is especially known for his wonderful fictions but his contribution to travel writing is no less towering. He has extensively travelled in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. His travel books include The Middle Passage: Impressions of Five Societies – British, French and Dutch in the West Indies and South America, An Area of Darkness
and Among the Believers.
Tim Cope belongs to the younger breed of travel writers. Recipient of the National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007 and Australian Adventurer of the year 2006, Cope is an Australian adventurer, author and film-maker with a special interest in the traditional cultures of Central Asia and Russia. His books about his journeys include Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing by Bike
(2003), and On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads
(2013). Cope has also made films about his journeys which include The Yenisey Expedition
co-produced by the National Geographic Channel. He has directed and filmed a four-hour program for ZDF and ARTE channels in Europe titled On the Trail of Genghis Khan
which was screened in Europe in February 2010. Cope's 6-part documentary series has been screened on Australian TV.
So, the DLF 2016 will equally be exciting to those who are not big fans of fiction and who find immense pleasure in reading travelogues in particular and nonfiction in general.