Have tea with the Dalai Lama, meditate with Leonard Cohen and travel from Cambodia to Ethiopia all within the pages of this book.
Pico Iyer - one of our most compelling and profoundly provocative travel writers - invites us to accompany him on an array of exotic explorations, from LA and Yemen to Haiti and Ethiopia, from a Bolivian prison to a hidden monastery in Tibet. He practises meditation with Leonard Cohen and discusses geopolitics with the Dalai Lama, travels to Easter Island and through the imaginative terrains of WG Sebald and Kazuo Ishiguro, weaving physical and psychological challenges together into a seamless narrative.
Throughout his travels, the familiar thrill of adventure is haunted by the unsettling questions that arise for Iyer everywhere he goes: How do we reconcile suffering with the sunlight often found around it? Does the foreign instruct the traveller, precisely by discomfiting him? And how does travel take us more deeply into reality, both within and without? Intensely affecting, Iyer's explorations are a road map of thinking in new ways about our changing world.