Beyond the Devil's Teeth

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Beyond the Devil's Teeth
Devil's Teeth hardback.jpg
First edition cover
Author Tahir Shah
Illustrator Tahir Shah (photos)
Language English
Subject Gondwanaland, India, Africa, Latin America
Genre Travel
Published April 1995 Octagon Press
Pages 360 pp.
ISBN 978-0863040290
OCLC 47719962
Preceded by The Middle East Bedside Book
Followed by Sorcerer's Apprentice (book)

Beyond the Devil's Teeth is a travel book by Anglo-Afghan author, Tahir Shah. The text was published in April 1995 by Octagon Press.


Forty-five million years ago, Gondwanaland[1] split apart to form India, Africa and South America. Spellbound by the ancient myth of the Gonds who inhabited a fragment of the supercontinent, Tahir Shah decided to follow their path through India and Pakistan, to Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Liberia, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for Brazil, and the Patagonian glaciers.

Roughing it for most of the journey, Shah shared his travels and his tales with a mix of eccentric and entertaining characters, from Osman and Prideep, Mumbai's answer to Laurel and Hardy, to Oswaldo Rodiguez Oswaldo, a well-turned-out Patagonian.


Beyond the Devil's Teeth was Shah's first mainstream travel book. Although received well by the critics, it is less crafted as his later works, such as The Caliph's House and In Arabian Nights. In a note on his own website,[2] Shah describes how he set up his own agency called Worldwide Media Limited—and masqueraded as an agent called William Watkins—in order to sell the book: it was a ruse that worked. The book sold to the distinguished British publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and paved the way for a host of other works.



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