There and Then: The Travel Writing of James Salter

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This is a Collection of Writing About one of James Salter's Passions-Travel. An exceptional companion with whom to share experiences, Salter hikes, skis, and climbs along the way, often with notable sportsmen. Some of the pieces are brief and poignant, while others develop slowly and unfold with Salter's inimitable restrained elegance. All of them are infused with the skill of a novelist who just as astutely describes the sheer drop of a ski run as he does the facade of a ...
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Overview

This is a Collection of Writing About one of James Salter's Passions-Travel. An exceptional companion with whom to share experiences, Salter hikes, skis, and climbs along the way, often with notable sportsmen. Some of the pieces are brief and poignant, while others develop slowly and unfold with Salter's inimitable restrained elegance. All of them are infused with the skill of a novelist who just as astutely describes the sheer drop of a ski run as he does the facade of a chateau.
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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: 9781593760731
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2005
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (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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Table of Contents

Nothing to declare 7
Europe 11
Cemeteries 43
Paris 55
Siren song 61
The France of kings 73
French summer 93
Evening in Basel 105
The skiing life 113
Classic tyrol 135
Europe's longest run 143
Immortal days 149
Victory or death 163
Roads seldom travelled 173
Mishima's choice 193
Trier 201
Walking the downs 209
Paumanok 223
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