Private: Jordi ESTEVA

Los árabes del mar

Península, 2005 | The Seafaring Arabs


«This book is a must-read.» Sami Naïr, El País

«His description of these vanishing worlds is unforgettable.» International Herald Tribune

«A lovely, universal, unprecedented project, Los árabes del mar is a top-notch travel book, the kind that incites a desire to get out in the world, or even to follow in the footsteps of the author.» Gabi Martínez, La Vanguardia

«Jordi Esteva has drawn a marvelous journey.» Jacinto Antón, El País

«The trip was worth the effort for all of us, for Esteva, who actually did it, and for those who enjoy it on the page.» Book of the week, Cambio 16


(The Seafaring Arabs) In 1977, on a trip through the Sudan, Jordi Esteva discovered his fascination for the seafaring Arabs, those legendary characters so evocative for him as a child as Sinbad the Sailor. Captivated by this impulse, he decides to set out for the Red Sea in his search. Following an eventful trip, he manages to get a peek into the world of the South Arabs, the first great sailors, who established in the Indian Ocean the largest and most lucrative naval route in the world, long before the advent of Islam and the arrival of the Portuguese in search of spices.

In 2002, fate moved its strings once again, taking the author to Oman, Sinbad’s country, where he would reencounter those legendary Arabs. Los árabes del mar is travel literature in its purest state. As in Heart of Darkness, the experience of the voyage is a journey of learning. In trying to uncover the memory of the ancient captains of the Arabian coasts, Jordi Esteva takes us on a trip along with him, giving us much to reflect on.