There and Then: The Travel Writing of James Salter

There and Then: The Travel Writing of James Salter

by James Salter
     
 

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This collection offers two dozen essays and sketches about one of the passions of Salter’s life, travel, a subject beloved by writers across the centuries. Over twenty years of skiing, hiking, climbing — from Colorado to Japan to the Tyrol, from Austria and Switzerland to Germany and France, Salter is an engaging companion sharing his great enthusiasm…  See more details below

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This collection offers two dozen essays and sketches about one of the passions of Salter’s life, travel, a subject beloved by writers across the centuries. Over twenty years of skiing, hiking, climbing — from Colorado to Japan to the Tyrol, from Austria and Switzerland to Germany and France, Salter is an engaging companion sharing his great enthusiasm and adventures. James Salter’s novels and volumes of memoir have been widely celebrated and he is now recognized as one of America’s most important writers. Susan Sontag once remarked, “[Salter] is among the very few North American writers all of whose work I want to read, whose as yet unpublished books I wait for impatiently.”

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Publishers Weekly
Short essays by novelist, short story author and prose stylist Salter (Last Night) explore his lifelong romance with Europe and Japan. These elegiac pieces recall his earliest travels as a soldier in WWII, when "the doors to the world were now open." Often his trips were colored by the authors he read; in 1950, he visited war-weary Paris for the first time, and in the essay "Europe," he remembers Babel's comparison of a Parisian streetwalker to the heroine of War and Peace: "Paris was like that," notes Salter. "It reminded me of something finer." In "Cemeteries," Salter revisits both high and low resting places, from Paris's P re Lachaise to prairie graveyards of the American West. Several of the essays chronicle his infatuation with skiing the Alps. "The Skiing Life" features cameos of famous skiers, as well as a glimpse of Robert Redford as the star of Downhill Racer, for which Salter wrote the screenplay. In "Roads Seldom Travelled," Salter and his son tour Japan, transformed from the war years; while "Mishima's Choice" recounts his literary attraction to the Tokyo hotel the Hilltop, "where all desires are gratified but freedom is complete." While somewhat dated and worn, these essays showcase Salter's writerly touch. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this collection of travel writing, Salter (b. 1925) describes himself as a man who travels for architecture and food. But these essays, some of which were previously published in magazines from Esquire to the New York Times Magazine and Outside, reveal a much more complex human being. In them, Salter relates his passion for skiing, rock climbing, bicycling, and hiking in France, Switzerland, the Rocky Mountains, and even Japan. He revels in the challenges that the landscapes present, and through his forceful prose we're drawn into his vivid experiences. But Salter (whose formidable list of achievements includes a Pen/Faulkner award and the position of New York state author, 1998-2000) writes equally vibrantly about sitting on his balcony in the south of France at sunset, surrounded by silence and solitude. This is an engaging collection for sophisticated travel mavens who want to learn about obscure and engaging travel destinations usually omitted from travel guides. Recommended for large travel collections in public and academic libraries.-Olga B. Wise, Austin, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619022850
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


James Salter is the author of six other books, including Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, and Dusk and Other Stories, for which he was given the Pen/Faulkner Award. He is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between New York and Colorado.

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