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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.

When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, to get to know Kyoto, one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and to find out something about Japanese culture today-not the world of businessmen and production lines, but the traditional world of changing seasons and the silence of temples, of the images woven through literature, of the lunar Japan that still lives on behind the rising sun of geopolitical power.

All this he did. And then he met Sachiko.

Vivacious, attractive, thoroughly educated, speaking English enthusiastically, if eccentrically, the wife of a Japanese 'salaryman' who seldom left the office before 10 p.m., Sachiko was as conversant with tea ceremonies and classical Japanese literature as with rock music, Goethe and Vivaldi. With the lightness of touch that made Video Night in Kathmandu so captivating, Pico Iyer fashions from their relationship a marvellously ironic yet heartfelt book that is at once a portrait of cross-cultural infatuation-and misunderstanding-and a delightfully fresh way of seeing both the old Japan and the very new.

Product Details

Title: TheLady and the Monk
Author: Iyer, Pico
SKU: BK0031994
EAN: 9780143032076
Binding: Paperback

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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