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Patrick O’Brian, 10 May 1990

The Travels of Mendes Pinto 
by Fernao MendesPinto, translated by Rebecca Catz.
Chicago, 663 pp., £39.95, October 1989, 0 226 66951 3
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The Grand Peregrination 
by Maurice Collis.
Carcanet, 313 pp., £12.95, February 1990, 0 85635 850 9
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... agree that a man’s soul has to be riveted to his body to survive it. What then are we to say to Fernao MendesPinto, who travelled with scarcely a pause except for being captured 13 times and 17 times sold into slavery, going from the Ethiopia of Prester John to the Japan of the Daimyos and St Francis Xavier? Some ...

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