Flights Into the Foreign
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One of the best travel writers now at work in the English
language brings back the sights and sounds from a dozen
different frontiers. A cryptic encounter in the perfumed
darkness of Bali; a tour of a Bolivian prison, conducted by
an enterprising inmate; a nightmarish taxi ride across
southern Yemen, where the men with guns may be customs
inspectors or revolutionaries–these are just three of the
stops on Pico Iyer’s latest itinerary.
But the true subject of Sun After Dark is the dislocations
of the mind in transit. And so Iyer takes us along to
meditate with Leonard Cohen and talk geopolitics with the
Dalai Lama. He navigates the Magritte-like landscape of jet
lag, “a place that no human had ever been until forty or so
years ago.” And on every page of this poetic and provocative
book, he compels us to redraw our map of the world.
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