Karmic Traces

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Karmic Traces contains essays as entertaining as fiction and as vivid as poetry, making unexpected stops in odd corners of the globe. For the past twenty years, Eliot Weinberger has been taking the essay far beyond the borders of literary criticism or personal journalism and into the realm of poetry and narrative. Full of stories, yet written in a condensed, imagistic language, his essays are works of the imagination where all the facts are verifiable. As entertaining as fiction and as vivid as poems, making ...
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Overview

Karmic Traces contains essays as entertaining as fiction and as vivid as poetry, making unexpected stops in odd corners of the globe. For the past twenty years, Eliot Weinberger has been taking the essay far beyond the borders of literary criticism or personal journalism and into the realm of poetry and narrative. Full of stories, yet written in a condensed, imagistic language, his essays are works of the imagination where all the facts are verifiable. As entertaining as fiction and as vivid as poems, making unexpected stops in odd corners of the globe or forgotten moments in human history, erudite, politically engaged, and acerbically witty, there is nothing quite like his work in contemporary writing. In Karmic Traces, Weinberger's third collection from New Directions, twenty-four essays take the reader along on the author's personal travels from the Atacama Desert to Iceland to Hong Kong on the verge of the handover to China, as well as on imagined voyages in a 17th-century Danish ship bound for India and among strange religious cults or even stranger small animals. One never knows what will appear next: Viking dreams, Aztec rituals, Hindu memory, laughing fish, or prophetic dogs. And, in "The Falls," the long tour-de-force that closes the book, Weinberger recapitulates 3,000 years of history in a cascade of telling facts to uncover the deep roots of contemporary racism and violence.
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Editorial Reviews

Boston Review
A vortex for the entire universe.
John Palatella
[A]nother collection of idiosyncratic and passionate essays... —Boston Review
Commonweal
Weinberger is a rare treat: Montaigne, who invented the essai would love him.
Complete Review
This far-ranging collection is both thoughtful and...always entertaining.
John Palatella
[A]nother collection of idiosyncratic and passionate essays...
Boston Review
Marilis Hornidge
It is a pleasure just to wander about in Weinberger's style.
Talk
[A]n intellectual travelogue of surpassing wit and brilliance, ranging from Iceland to India, and pet rabbits to naked mole rats.
Talk Magazine
[A]n intellectual travelogue of surpassing wit and brilliance, ranging from Iceland to India, and pet rabbits to naked mole rats.
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Karmic Traces is a fascinating collection of essays featuring twenty-four of Eliot Weinbergers writings taking the reader along his personal travels ranging from the Atacama Desert to Iceland to Hong Kong. Here are also to be found imagined voyages among strange religious cultures and even stranger animals. The capping work is "The Falls", wherein Weinberger recapitulates 3,000 years of history to uncover the deep roots of contemporary racism and violence. Karmic Traces is a highly recommended body of writing that is as vivid as poetry, as entertaining as fiction, and as informative as any travelogue of mind and body.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811214568
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Paperbook Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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