The Innocents Abroad

The The Innocents Abroad ( The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims ' Progress) is a travel diary of the American author Mark Twain, published in 1869. 1867 This trip has taken place on the decommissioned battleship "USS Quaker City". The highlight was the trip to the Holy Land.

The voyage was frequently interrupted by short-term country stays at the coastal towns of the Mediterranean and a train ride from Marseille to Paris for the Paris World Exposition in 1867, also by an extra tour through the Black Sea to Odessa and a trip to the pyramids of Egypt towards the end of the trip.

Special recognition gained the - a good ten years before the first wave of immigration of political Zionism (First Aliyah ) wrote - book by its description of Palestine as dirty, primitive, shabby and poor. Again and again brings Twain 's contempt for the Ottoman Empire to express its recognition as a sign he called filth and poverty.

This book was Twain's most successful work during his lifetime and one of the most widely read travel books ever. It initially appeared on a daily basis in some American newspapers - even during the journey - and was later combined into a book.

At first glance it appears to be one of the then usual travel narratives. But Twain used the opportunity to give his own personal views about the country and people, culture and religion of the respective cities for the best, some in a very sharp language. He often complained about the descriptions of other travel writers who were alleged to have many places and manners rated significantly positive.