WHEN DREAMS COLLIDE
Travels in Yugoslavia with Rebecca West
Author: Nicholas Allan
When Dreams Collide is Allan’s intimate pilgrimage across the former states of Yugoslavia. Shedding the received knowledge of headlines, he explores the splintered co-evolution of these lands over the last ten centuries, guided by the inimitable Rebecca West’s masterpiece, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. At a turning point in his own life, Allan is drawn to explore this complex area, through the lens of his part Eastern European heritage. He records personal encounters and richly drawn characters interwoven with history and art, politics and religion (too often one and the same). Collapsing empires and proud young nations, monasteries and mosques, brotherhood, hatred, war, music, frescoes, food, costume, people, mountains, rivers and seas, the distant rumbles of the centuries take many forms.
Enhanced with delightful hand-drawn maps and 73 informative photographs.
“Nick Allan is the best sort of traveller- thoughtful, curious, observant, self-effacing and highly intelligent. When Dreams Collide is a wonderful odyssey of discovery and self-discovery, by turns poignant and celebratory, and a most memorable debut.” William Dalrymple
“An arresting personal odyssey through the heart of the Balkans….. Allan’s humour, clarity and erudition leap from every page.” Katie Hickman
“It very much made me want to visit the region. Urgently.” Nicholas Coleridge
Size: 234 x 153mm
Extent: 368 pp + 32 pages photographs
Publication: 24 June 2022