Haunted Traveller by Barry Yourgrau

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Barry Yourgrau writes bedtime stories for adults that take on the age-old themes of love, family, sex, and loneliness and shock them to fresh life, dazzling readers with their prodigies of imagination. In Haunted Traveller, his most personal and ambitious work to date, he takes the reader on a post-modern literary journey like no other. Here are forty-four fantastic episodes that together paint an imaginary memoir of one man's yearning, alienated passage through life. Think Bruce Chatwin meets Monty Python. Meets Paul Bowles meets Fellini meets Scheherazade meets The Twilight Zone. Think the moody romance of Travel itself. Haunted Traveller packs readers along on the moonstruck roaming of a lost soul searching for a childhood memento. Wander to tropical hotel rooms to hear deathbed whispers: book passage on a wild sea voyage with a heartbreaking, cross-dressing crew: climb to mountain graveyards where a ghost shops for a live wife; spy on stolen kisses in snowbound palaces. Voyage to lands that exist in the dreams, poetic whimsies, and troubled confessions of a man who's seen all too much.

About Barry Yourgrau

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Writer/performer Barry Yourgrau has been making people laugh their heads off--or gasp in astonishment--with such books as "Wearing Dad's Head" and "A Man Jumps Out of An Airplane". He's startled everyone with his appearances on MTV and National Public Radio. He even starred in a movie based on his writings, and in a music video too. He teased the world with his first book for kids, "My Curious Uncle Dudley". Barry woke up one day in the US as a kid. Now Barry's ready to unleash the hysterically dark fun and games from the deepest dark of his soul. "With my NASTYbook," grins Barry, nastily, "I invite you to share in those cruel, twisted and shockingly mischeivous delights I know you secretly adore--if you dare!" He got there all the way from South Africa, he claims... Or is this just another of his jokes?
Published May 12, 1999 by Arcade Publishing. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With the wild humor and fertile imagination that he brought to his previous books (The Sadness of Sex; A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane), Yourgrau offers a dazzling invention that delights and challenge

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