Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9781909961029 Published May 2015 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

The Ends of the Earth

Roger Willemsen

The Ends of the Earth

Roger Willemsen

Distributed for Haus Publishing

Translated by Peter Lewis
480 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2010
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9781909961029 Published May 2015 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
An author, foreign correspondent, academic, and television personality, Roger Willemsen is a familiar figure in Germany, and The Ends of the Earth offers English-language readers a chance to engage with his uniquely astute take on the world. Consisting of twenty-two essays recounting and reflecting on a lifetime of travel to the far and forgotten corners of our planet, the book offers remarkable encounters and mysterious entanglements in locations as diverse as a Kamchatkan volcano, a Burmese railway station, an Arctic icebreaker, and a Minsk hospital ward. Willemsen is the perfect companion, reveling in the strange and unlovely, and tracing unexpected connections among places, times, and peoples.
Contents
Eifel – Departure
Gibraltar – The Ne Plus Ultra
The Himalayas – In the fog of the Prithvi Highway
Isafjördur – The blind spot
God’s Window – The final curtain
Minsk – The stranger in the bed
Patagonia – The forbidden place
Timbuktu – The Boy Indigo
Bombay – The oracle
Tangkiling – The road to nowhere
Kamchatka – Ashes and magma
Mandalay – A dream of the sea
Lake Fucino – Wasting away
Gorée – The door of no return
Hong Kong – Poste restante
The Amu-Darya – On the frontiers of Transoxania
Toraja – Among the dead
Tonga – Taboo and fate
Kinshasa – Scenes from a war
Chiang Mai – Opium
Orvieto – The fixation
The North Pole - Contemplation
Review Quotes
Metro
“Those who prefer an adventurous armchair read to the real thing should look no further than Roger Willemsen’s daring new book. . . . A rewarding read that questions the art of travel and our human existence.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, on the German edition
“Brilliant. . . . We go from Gibraltar to Iceland, from Minsk to Patagonia, to Timbuktu and Bombay, the Kamchatka Peninsula and Mandalay. . . . Every episode is a drama with the traveler as tragic hero.”
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