Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World

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Knopf Canada, Feb 21, 2012 - Travel - 190 pages
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The author of Video Night in Kathmandu ups the ante on himself in this sublimely evocative and acerbically funny tour through the world's loneliest and most eccentric places. From Iceland to Bhutan to Argentina, Iyer remains both uncannily observant and hilarious.

 

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I would read about pretty much any place Iyer wants to write about. Here he visits some out of the way places, and, as usual, through his talent for description and sense of humor, he brings them to life--at least for a little while. Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

Some lovely evocative essays on the lonely beauty of the world. It's hard to believe that there are still pockets of solitude and areas that are removed from 21st century hustle and bustle. Beautifully written. Read full review

Contents

A Prefatory Note
Lonely Places
1990MY HOLIDAY WITH Kim Il Sung
1990LA DOLCE VITA MEETS THE HYPER
19871992AN ELEGIAC CARNIVAL
1991ROCK N ROLL GHOST TOWN
1989HIDDEN INSIDE THE HIDDEN KINGDOM
1991YESTERDAY ONCE MORE
1992UP FOR SALE OR ADOPTION
1988FIVE THOUSAND MILES FROM ANYWHERE
VINTAGE DEPARTURES
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Pico Iyer has written nonfiction books on globalism, Japan, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and forgotten places, and novels on Revolutionary Cuba and Islamic mysticism. He regularly writes on literature for The New York Review of Books, on travel for the Financial Times, and on global culture and the news for Time, The New York Times, and magazines around the world.

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