Sun After Dark

Sun After Dark

Flights Into the Foreign

Book - 2004
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 223 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780375415067
0375415068
Branch Call Number: 910.4 Iye

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

f
fred98115
Sep 09, 2017

Reflections on travels to dark areas of the world at the end of the twentieth century. Mostly boring, but the chapters on Iyer's time with the Dali Lama are fascinating and a rare insight into the religious man's life.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at BPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top