6" x 8 1/4"
Travels in Time and Space
A whimsical, hilarious, heartbreaking tour of the world--a book of immense range and depth, the record of a world-class traveller's many discoveries and insights
Since making his first voyage as a sailor -- to earn his passage from his native Holland to South America -- Cees Nooteboom has been captivated by foreign countries and cultures and has never stopped travelling.
Now a selection of his most enjoyable travel pieces are gathered together in this wide-ranging collection, informed throughout by the author's humanity and humour. From exotic places like Isfahan, the Gambia and Mali to more familiar locales such as Australia and Zurich, Nooteboom shares his view of the world, showing us the strangeness in places we thought we knew and the familiarity of places most of us will probably never see for ourselves. His phenomenal gifts as an observer and the wealth of his reading and learning make him an authoritative and delightful companion. Beyond the places he visits, he also meditates, as every traveller has, on the ideal hotel.: a nomad's hotel for a global nomad.
With a new introduction from fellow world-class traveller and writer extraordinaire, Alberto Manguel.
Cees Nooteboom was born in The Hague in 1933 and is widely acclaimed as Holland's greatest living writer. He is a poet and the author of over a dozen travel books, including "Roads to Santiago," a travelogue about Spain. He won the Pegasus Prize for his novel "Rituals" and, following the success of "A Berlin Notebook," was awarded the German Order of Merit. In 1993, Nooteboom won the Aristeion European Literature Prize for his novel "The Following Story," which was also shortlisted for the 1996 Dublin Literary Prize (now the IMPAC Prize) and which confirmed his prominence in contemporary European and world literature. His most recent novels are "All Soul's Day" and "Lost Paradise". His books have been translated into many languages and have sold more than several million copies. He has homes in Holland and Spain but travels half of most years.
Ann Kelland, who studied painting and graphic art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, worked for many years in the Dutch book trade. Her previous translations include "Jorwerd: The Death of the Village in Late Twentieth-Century Europe by Geert Mak.
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