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Sun After Dark

Flights Into the Foreign
Iyer, Pico (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sun After Dark


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Random House, Inc.
Pico Iyer – one of our most compelling and profoundly provocative travel writers – invites us to accompany him on an array of exotic explorations, from L.A. and Yemen to Haiti and Ethiopia, from a Bolivian prison to a hidden monastery in Tibet. He goes to Cambodia, where the main tourist attraction is a collection of skulls from the Khmer Rouge killing fields, and travels through southern Arabia in the weeks before September 11, 2001. He practices meditation with Leonard Cohen and discusses geopolitics with the Dalai Lama, travels to Easter Island and through the imaginative terrains of W. G. Sebald and Kazuo Ishiguro, weaving physical and psychological challenges together into a seamless narrative.

Throughout his travels, the familiar thrill of adventure is haunted by the unsettling questions that arise for Iyer everywhere he goes: How do we reconcile suffering with the sunlight often found around it? How does the foreign instruct the traveler, precisely by discomfiting him? And how does travel take us more deeply into reality, both within us and without? Intensely affecting, Iyer’s explorations are a road map of thinking in new ways about our changing world.

Baker & Taylor
Follows the psychologically significant forays of a cultural journalist to such sites as a Bolivian prison, a hidden monastery in Tibet, and the Khmer Rouge killing fields of Cambodia, a journey during which he met such individuals as Kazuo Ishiguro, the Dalai Lama, and W. G. Sebald. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Pico Iyer invites us to accompany him on an array of exotic explorations, from L. A. and Yemen to Haiti and Ethiopia, from a Bolivian prison to a hidden monastery in Tibet. He goes to Cambodia, where the main tourist attraction is a collection of skulls from the Khmer Rouge killing fields, and travels through southern Arabia in the weeks before September 11, 2001. He practices meditation with Leonard Cohen and discusses geopolitics with the Dalai Lama, travels to Easter Island and through the imaginative terrains of W. G. Sebald and Kazuo Ishiguro, weaving physical and psychological challenges together into a seamless narrative.
Throughout his travels, the familiar thrill of adventure is haunted by the unsettling questions that arise for Iyer everywhere he goes: How do we reconcile suffering with the sunlight often found around it? How does the foreign instruct the traveler, precisely by discomfiting him? And how does travel take us more deeply into reality, both within us and without? Intensely affecting, Iyer's explorations are a road map of thinking in new ways about our changing world.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents essays, book reviews, and miscellaneous pieces in which the author discusses his visits to some of the world's poorest and most exotic places, such as Bali, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Oman.

Authors: Iyer, Pico
Statement of Responsibility: Pico Iyer
Title: Sun after dark
flights into the foreign
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, c2004
Characteristics: 223 p. ;,22 cm.
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