Along the Amber Route
St Petersburg to Venice
Following the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, C. J. Schüler charts the origins of amber, the myths and legends that have grown around it, and the dazzling artefacts crafted from it and traded along the way. Schüler reflects on the route’s violent history through the centuries, not least his own family’s experience of persecution and flight.
‘Crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching [...] full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’
-Ian Thomson, author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica
‘Artfully woven into these stories is a contemporary travelogue of [Schüler’s] experience; a poetic memoir of his experience of constantly moving through these landscapes’
-Rachel Lichtenstein, author of Estuary and Rodinsky’s Room