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The Long Path to Wisdom: Tales from Burma

The Long Path to Wisdom: Tales from Burma

The Long Path to Wisdom: Tales from Burma

The Long Path to Wisdom: Tales from Burma

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Overview

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Art of Hearing Heartbeats comes this charming collection of folktales that offer a window into Burma’s fascinating history and culture.
 
Since 1995 Jan-Philipp Sendker has visited Myanmar (Burma) dozens of times, and while doing research for his novels The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and A Well-Tempered Heart, he encountered numerous folktales and fables. These moving stories speak to the rich mythology of the diverse peoples of Burma, the spirituality of humankind, and the profound social impact of Buddhist thought. Some are so strange he couldn’t classify them or identify a familiar moral, while others reminded him of the fairy tales of his childhood, except that here monkeys, tigers, elephants, and crocodiles inhabited the fantastic lands instead of hedgehogs, donkeys, or geese. Their morals resemble those of the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen, illustrating how all cultures draw on a universal wisdom to create their myths.
 
The Long Path to Wisdom’s evocative stories run the gamut of human emotions, from the familiar to the shocking, and are sure to delight fans of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats as well as those newly discovering the magic of Sendker’s incandescent writing.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590519646
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,061,182
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, his first novel, is an international best seller. He lives in Berlin with his family.

Lorie Karnath is an author, explorer, and lecturer. She was the 37th president of The Explorers Club, and founded The Explorers Museum, a not for profit entity dedicated to preserving and fostering exploration and discovery. She has written numerous books and articles on the sciences, exploration and the arts.

Jonathan Sendker spent a gap year in Myanmar, traveling, doing volunteer work and collecting stories for this book. Upon his return home, he assisted in compiling and formulating the manuscript. Jonathan now studies Liberal Arts & Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Lisa Liesener has been translating for almost twenty years and took special pleasure in embarking on a journey filled with spirits, dragons and talking animals. She lived and studied in Germany while completing an engineering degree at the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart and frequently travels back to visit friends and relatives. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her family where, when not translating, she directs children’s programs at a non-profit organization she co-founded in order to promote education and connection with the natural world.

Kevin Wiliarty has a BA in German from Harvard and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of the United States, he has also lived in Germany and Japan. He is currently a Web developer at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children, and also plays bass in a string band.

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