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Nomad's Hotel - Travels in Time and Space

English · Paperback / Softback

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Zusatztext ADVANCE PRAISE FOR NOMAD'S HOTEL “A book for anyone who has ever felt that eternal traveler’s longing to see more, to know more, to live fully in every place they inhabit.” -Madeleine Thien, author of Certainty “A jewel of a travel book, free of pretension, full of easy adventure, fresh with childlike wonder for the world.” - The Guardian PRAISE FOR NOMAD'S HOTEL "These journeys of prizewinning Dutch novelist Nooteboom are as much head trips as passages through space....Nooteboom conveys the excitement of things he doesn't understand, signs and languages he can't decipher, a culture that rebuffs him and the refreshing shock of the wholly unknown...A profound engagement with travel on the astral plane." - Kirkus Reviews "[A] lyrical collection...Nooteboom weaves a compelling, perceptive, and yet wondering view of the places he visits...Armchair travelling at its best but also of interest to anyone who enjoys outstanding writing." - Library Journal "[Nooteboom] has spent a career traveling for the purpose of producing books and essays, and the results are stunning, as is shown in this collection." - RL Magazine Informationen zum Autor CEES NOOTEBOOM was born in 1933 in The Hague. He has published nine novels and over a dozen collections of travel writing, including Roads to Santiago. He lives in Amsterdam and Spain. Klappentext Since his first voyage, as a sailor earning his passage from his native Holland to South America, Cees Nooteboom has never stopped traveling.Now his best travel pieces are gathered in this collection of immense range and depth, informed throughout by the author's humanity and gentle humor. From exotic places such as Isfahan,Gambia, and Mali to seemingly domesticated places such as Australia and Munich,Nooteboom shares his view of the world, showing us the strangeness in places we thought we knew and the familiarity of places most of us will probably never see. His phenomenal gifts as an observer and the wealth of his reading and learning make him an authoritative and delightful companion. Nomad's Hotel is a record of a world-class traveler's many discoveries and insights. Leseprobe In the Eye of the Storm The origin of existence is movement. Immobility can have no part in it, for if existence was immobile it would return to its source, which is the Void. That is why the voyaging never stops, in this world or in the hereafter." These words, by the twelfth--century Arabian philosopher Ibn al-Arabi, are from his detailed tract on traveling, the Kitâb al-isfâr, The Book of Revelations on the Effects of Voyaging , a mystical and deeply religious piece of writing, in which everything—God, the universe, the soul—is viewed through the prism of movement, and throughout the entire book this movement is invariably referred to as voyaging. I am neither Muslim nor religious, I bought the book in Paris some time ago because it contained the word voyage ( safar in Arabic, plural asfâr ), because it was a dual-language edition and I love the beauty of Arabic script, and also because, when I flipped through it in that Parisian bookshop, I noticed a couple of things in the introduction that preoccupy all genuine travelers, be they from the twelfth century or the twentieth. The translator and writer of the introduction, Denis Gril, points out that he could have translated the word "effects" with "fruits"—on the one hand to underline the positive outcome of traveling, on the other hand because, due to its origin, the Arabic word for fruit, natâ’ij , makes one think of "to give birth," with its evocation of the intellectual, spiritual fruits of traveling. A voyage, says the text, is thus named because it reveals a person’s character, or, put more simply, for the benefit of those who trave...

About the author

CEES NOOTEBOOM was born in 1933 in The Hague. He has published nine novels and over a dozen collections of travel writing, including Roads to Santiago. He lives in Amsterdam and Spain.

Product details

Authors Cees Nooteboom, Cees/ Kelland Nooteboom
Assisted by Ann Kelland (Translation)
Publisher External catalogues US
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 14.04.2009
EAN 9780156035354
ISBN 978-0-15-603535-4
Dimensions 132 mm x 202 mm x 15 mm
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies
Travel > Travelogues, traveller's tales

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