The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World - Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction (Paperback)Julian Hoffman (author)
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Guided by Rainer Maria Rilke's belief that "everything beckons us to perceive it," Hoffman explores the area around the Prespa Lakes, shared by Greece, Albania, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From there he travels widely, believing that through awareness, curiosity, and openness we have the potential to forge abiding relationships with a range of places. The Small Heart of Things is a book about looking and listening. It incorporates travel and natural history writing, interweaving human stories with those of wild creatures as Hoffman illuminates how, when we accord places our close and patient attention, these many connections can teach us to be at home in the world.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
This writer is a seeker and seer among those who work the land within the cycles of time. He knows how to listen and not simply catalog nature, both human and wild, but create a tapestry of embodied stories born out of the intimate wisdom of sweat and hunger and an earthly intelligence. At a time when we wonder where hope resides, this is a book of faith in the natural histories of community, broken and sustained. Not only does the language honor the encountered beauties along the way, it explores a complexity of ideas that reminds us we are not strangers in the world if we remain open to awe and respectful of the tenacious spirit required to live in place. The Small Heart of Things is a book of patience.--Terry Tempest Williams "author of Finding Beauty in a Broken World "
'To be at home in the world is to let ourselves be drawn into its embrace, ' writes Julian Hoffman in this sparkling, humane collection of essays. Something similar can be said about reading his exquisite book--we're drawn into the warmth and intimacy of his meditations. Part travel writing, part environmental witness, part celebration of the human spirit in the more-than-human world, this book guides us to a distant landscape of borders visible and invisible and of enriching change. Throughout, Hoffman is a superb tour guide: observant, knowledgeable, and deftly surprising in the connections he makes among the myriad small things he enables us to see.--Elizabeth Dodd "author of Horizon's Lens "
A sharply observed . . . collection of essays on the interrelationships of man and nature, of soul and place . . . A deeply felt book that will lead readers to other books that inspired it.--Kirkus Reviews
Julian Hoffman's vast knowledge of the natural world is surpassed only by his deep compassion for all beings--human and otherwise--who inhabit this planet we all share. The Small Heart of Things is a big-hearted book written in prose as clear and strong as the stunningly beautiful Greek landscape it describes.--BK Loren "author of Theft "