The Nile. The River of History

I.B. Tauris, New York, 2016. English translation of Nilen. Historiens elv.

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Terje Tvedt’s new book is the most comprehensive book about the Nile ever written. Tvedt travels upstream along the longest river in the world, from the river’s mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa.

With insight and sensitivity, Tvedt shows and describes both the river’s wealth and poverty, its greatness and beauty, as well as its historical and political significance throughout the ages. The book is lavishly illustrated.

The critical reception of the book speaks for itself:

“It is hazardous to proclaim a newly published work as a classic, but The Nile – The River of History has definitely the potential to become one. It is a magnificent work.”
Jon Michelet, Klassekampen.

“Tvedt has long ago established himself as an unrivalled communicator, both in text and television series. Water is his passion, and the book about the Nile is simply a fabulous journey on a beautiful river, with history, politics and culture.”
Guri Hjeltnes, VG.

“Tvedt writes well, he has a firm grasp on the material and he shows that the topic of his research is important for understanding the world we live in. We need more books such as this one.”
Gjert Vestrheim, Dag og Tid.

“A 6,800 kilometer long cultural-historical and hydrological journey from the coast of the Mediterranean to the heart of Africa, led by the ‘water professor’ par excellence, Terje Tvedt. […] An exciting and educational book for our time.”
Arne Dvergsdal, Dagbladet.

“The Nile – The river of history is so full of information that it sometimes feels like a three kilo piece of marzipan. But you don’t need to eat it all in one go.”
Bjørn Gabrielsen, Dagens Næringsliv.

“This is one of the truly rich books of the autumn, a scholarly and richly illustrated epos about one of the most fabled, socially important and contested rivers in the world.”
Fredrik Wandrup, Dagbladet.