Sun After Dark by Pico Iyer
Flights into the Foreign

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One of the best travel writers now at work in the English language brings back the sights and sounds from a dozen different frontiers. A cryptic encounter in the perfumed darkness of Bali; a tour of a Bolivian prison, conducted by an enterprising inmate; a nightmarish taxi ride across southern Yemen, where the men with guns may be customs inspectors or revolutionaries–these are just three of the stops on Pico Iyer’s latest itinerary.
But the true subject of Sun After Dark is the dislocations of the mind in transit. And so Iyer takes us along to meditate with Leonard Cohen and talk geopolitics with the Dalai Lama. He navigates the Magritte-like landscape of jet lag, “a place that no human had ever been until forty or so years ago.” And on every page of this poetic and provocative book, he compels us to redraw our map of the world.


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About Pico Iyer

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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.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Iyer is a master of the ironic detail, and in these pieces he is able to notice the very objects whose juxtaposition will nail shut the lid of his beautifully constructed metaphorical box.

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The Guardian

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Sun After Dark by Pico Iyer Bloomsbury £7.99, pp223 Pico Iyer travels in search of incongruity.

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Publishers Weekly

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"A trip has really been successful if I come back sounding strange even to myself," writes Iyer (The Global Soul , Falling off the Map ;

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BC Books

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Not that I've combed the breadth and depth of 'travel writing', but I have just loved Sun After Dark : Flights into the Foreign, Pico Iyer's latest book.

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Spirituality & Practice

Thanks to his high regard for the "other," Iyer always manages to nudge us into a deeper appreciation for the mysteries and the wonders of the world.

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