Kira Salak's extraordinary travel memoir - selected by 'The New York Times' as a Notable Travel Book of the Year - in which the extreme adventuress charts her harrowing three-month solo journey across Papua New Guinea.
An island whose beauty is rivaled only by its danger, Papua New Guinea is often considered the last outpost of adventure for seasoned solo travellers. And yet, in 2001, Kira Salak - then only twenty-four years old - made the amazing trek across this arduous physical and cultural terrain. 'Four Corners' is Salak's chronicle of this amazing journey.
Retracing the route taken by British explorer Ivan Champion in 1927, Salak traveled across this remote Pacific island's breathtaking landscapes on foot and by dugout canoe. Along the way, she stayed in a village presided over by missionaries, where unbeknownst to them cannibalism was still practiced. She met the leader of a notorious separatist guerilla movement opposing the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea. And she undertook a gripping and extremely hazardous epic trek through the jungle. Meanwhile, a parallel journey took place: an expedition into the author's past in which she revisits the demons that drove her to pursue relentlessly harrowing situations.
Proclaimed by 'Vogue' magazine to be "a kind of exploration classic", 'Four Corners' hails from an inspiring woman whose travels and writing are accomplished with equal portions of passion, intensity and courage.