Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away (Hardback)
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Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away (Hardback)

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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 16/06/2016
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"Shacochis has extended his knowledge and imagination into places most of us have never ventured."--Washington Post

Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bob Shacochis began his writing career as a pioneering journalist and contributing editor for Outside Magazine and Harper's. Kingdoms in the Air brings together the very best of Shacochis's culture and travel essays in one livewire collection that spans his global adventures and his life passions; from surfing, to his obsession with the South American dorado, to the time he went bushwhacking in Mozambique.

In the titular essay "Kingdoms," the longest work in the collection, Shacochis ventures to Nepal with his friend, the photographer, Thomas Laird, who was the first foreigner to live in Nepal's kingdom of Mustang as the forbidden Shangri-la prepared to open its borders to trekkers and trade. When the two men return a decade after Laird first lived there, Shacochis observes in brilliantly evocative prose both the current cultural and political landscape of the country and the changes that his friend has to reconcile with.

Replete with Shacochis's signature swagger, humor, and crystalline wisdom, Kingdoms in the Air is a majestic and essential collection from one of our most important writers.

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802124760
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 160 x 33 mm


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Praise for KINGDOMS IN THE AIR

"The pieces collected in Kingdoms in the Air are vivid portraits of iconoclasts and rugged individualists who have surrendered their Western comforts for adventure and higher purpose in the developing world . . . Shacochis evokes the pains and pleasures of [his] trek with lyrical prose." --New York Times Book Review

"Shacochis' fiery, wrought prose is on full display . . . This is travel writing at its finest." --Men's Journal, a Best Book of the Month

"[A] career-defining collection of magazine writing . . . [it] inspires us not to argue with destiny." --Los Angeles Times

"Shacochis is intent on nailing down what it means to be an American on the global stage of the late-20th and early-21st centuries . . . [he] uses every weapon in his writer's arsenal. Comic hyperbole and copious high dudgeon lead the way. Capsule national histories and sharp contemporary observations fill out the picture. Whether he's in Cuba, Mozambique, or attempting to climb Mount Ararat, he vividly places you in both the past and present of his destinations . . . [his] restlessness and recklessness, all couched in a headlong
maximalist prose, are impossible to resist." --Boston Globe

"[This book] gives readers a vicarious sidecar seat for a life for which 'adventure travel' is far too mild, and simple, a term . . . Shacochis is interested in the places that are not easy, and in how it changes us to visit them--and how we change them in return . . . He melds his personal experiences of some of the globe's wildest places with incisive analyses of history, culture, politics and more . . . [with] wry self-awareness, a tender heart and a brilliant, analytical intellect. His writing is simply splendid." --Tampa Bay Times

"[An] exuberant travel and cultural anthology . . . Shacochis brings each setting to life with a perceptive eye, an edgy devotion to fresh language, and mastery at capturing group interaction . . . his diverse, vibrant essays, brimming with initiative, may inspire some to seek the unique rewards of unstructured travel." --Booklist (starred review)

"Witty, irreverent . . . [an] enlightening travel collection for a voyage of self-discovery." --Kirkus Reviews

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