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Sun after dark : flights into the foreign
Iyer, Pico.
Adult Nonfiction G465 .I95 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

"A trip has really been successful if I come back sounding strange even to myself," writes Iyer (The Global Soul, Falling off the Map; etc.) near the beginning of his latest travel book, a superb collection of essays, book reviews and unclassifiable miscellany. Iyer is an inveterate traveler who seems to have been everywhere, seen everything and talked to everyone. In this book alone, he enjoys a surreal romance in Bali, greets the New Year among the windswept statues of Easter Island and makes an ill-advised visit to Oman (the birthplace of Osama bin Laden) just six weeks before September 11. Other journeys are more spiritual than physical. In one essay, Iyer explores the interior dreamscapes caused by jet lag; in penetrating reviews of books by W.G. Sebald and Kazuo Ishiguro, he finds metaphors of postmodern dislocation and homelessness. Iyer seems particularly fascinated by the concept of exile-not surprising, perhaps, for a man born of Indian parents who now lives in suburban Japan. Two of the book's best pieces focus on high-profile exiles: the singer Leonard Cohen, who has withdrawn to a Buddhist monastery outside Los Angeles; and the Dalai Lama, who juggles the demands of his refugee subjects with the stresses of worldwide fame. Like the best travel writers, Iyer is adept at peeking underneath the surface of things, of finding the deeper meanings in every strange word, glance and sigh he encounters. This book reproduces the unsettling but rewarding experience of travel, and will remind readers of "the expanded sense of possibility that strangeness sometimes brings." Agent, Lynn Nesbit. (Apr. 12) FYI: Vintage will simultaneously publish a paperback edition of Iyer's 2003 novel, Abandon: A Romance. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Iyer is a prolific writer and reviewer, known for travel writing that explores other cultures and the traveler's place in that culture without stereotyping or patronizing. As he was born in England of Indian parents and now lives in Japan, it is not surprising that he makes Asia the focus of many of his works. This collection of travel essays, profiles, and book reviews recalls many of Iyer's other collected essays (e.g., Tropical Classics; Video Night in Katmandu). Covering topics such as jet lag, the killing fields of Cambodia as tourist attraction, and being taken prisoner in Bolivia, Iyer looks at what it means to be a foreigner searching for that something that urges people to travel. Of reccurring interest to the author are the Dalai Lama and the future of Tibet, also covered here. Recommended for travel collections, especially where Iyer is popular.-Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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