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This contemplative and lyrical narrative of a journey from Copenhagen to Eastern Asia evades simple conclusions to vividly capture the conflicting emotional and intellectual responses of a stranger in distant lands, evoking both the exotic wonder and threatening otherness of unfamiliar cultures and repeatedly challenging mythic assumptions about the East. Via an abandoned hospital for lepers, a hallucinogenic mountain pilgrimage with shamans in Kathmandu, and the "beautifully odd" curiosities of Tokyo's metropolis, Wolfgang Büscher takes his reader on a journey of enlightenment that is both troubling and beautiful.

Wolfgang Büscher is an award-winning journalist who writes for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among others. He won the Theodor-Wolff Prize for Reportage in 2002.

Synopsis:

Asian Absences is a contemplative and lyrical narrative of a traveler whose spiritual journey takes him from Copenhagen to Asia.

Synopsis:

Asian Absences is the contemplative and lyrical narrative of a traveller whose sensory and spiritual journey takes him from Copenhagen to Eastern Asia. En route, he passes through a feverish India and an abandoned hospital for lepers, undertakes a hallucinogenic mountain pilgrimage with shamans in Kathmandu, embarks on an industrial oil tanker to Singapore, and examines the "beautifully odd" curiosities of Tokyo's metropolis, before arriving at his final destination, the elusive Tibetan city of Shangri-La. Wolfgang Büscher vividly captures the conflicting emotional and intellectual responses of a stranger in distant lands, evoking both the exotic wonder and threatening otherness of unfamiliar cultures that repeatedly challenge mythic assumptions about the East.

About the Author

Wolfgang Buscher is a journalist for Die Welt. Among his many prizes is the Seume Literaturpreis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781906598761
Author:
Buscher, Wolfgang
Publisher:
Haus Pub.
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Subject:
Asia - Southeast
Subject:
Travel-Southeast Asia
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Haus Publishing - Armchair Traveller
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in

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Asian Absences is a contemplative and lyrical narrative of a traveler whose spiritual journey takes him from Copenhagen to Asia.
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Asian Absences is the contemplative and lyrical narrative of a traveller whose sensory and spiritual journey takes him from Copenhagen to Eastern Asia. En route, he passes through a feverish India and an abandoned hospital for lepers, undertakes a hallucinogenic mountain pilgrimage with shamans in Kathmandu, embarks on an industrial oil tanker to Singapore, and examines the "beautifully odd" curiosities of Tokyo's metropolis, before arriving at his final destination, the elusive Tibetan city of Shangri-La. Wolfgang Büscher vividly captures the conflicting emotional and intellectual responses of a stranger in distant lands, evoking both the exotic wonder and threatening otherness of unfamiliar cultures that repeatedly challenge mythic assumptions about the East.
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