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Pico Iyer is the author of more than a dozen books, translated into twenty-three languages. His f... Read More

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Pico Iyer is the author of more than a dozen books, translated into twenty-three languages. His four recent TED Talks have received more than eight million views so far. In the summer of 2019, he was the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton, guest director of the Telluride Film Festival and the first official writer-in-residence at Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

What does the elegant nostalgia of Argentina have in common with the raffish nonchalance of Australia? And what do both these countries have in common with North Korea? They are all 'lonely places' cut off from the rest of the world by geography, ideology or sheer weirdness. And they have all attracted the attention of Pico Iyer.

Whether he is documenting the cruising rites of Icelandic teenagers, being interrogated by tipsy Cuban police or summarizing the plot of Bhutan's first feature film ('a $6500 spectacular about a star-crossed couple: she dies, he throws himself on the funeral pyre, and both live happily ever after as an ox and a cow'), Iyer is always uncannily observant and acerbically funny.

'Pico Iyer can hardly be surpassed''Travel writing by Pico Iyer should come stamped with warning labels: "reading in public places may cause reader to collapse helplessly in mirth" . . . As funny and informative [as Video Night in Kathmandu] . . . Hilarious, surreal''Iyer experiences and depicts these lonely places with the same wit, vitality and insight that distinguish his first two books-and the result is a memorable gallery of countries poignantly isolated in spirit and time'

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Title: Falling Off the Map
Author: Iyer, Pico
SKU: BK0031996
EAN: 9780143032106

About Author

Pico Iyer is the author of sixteen books, translated into twenty-three languages, on subjects ranging from globalism to the Cuban Revolution and from stillness to the fourteenth Dalai Lama. His four talks for TED have received more than eleven million views so far.

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