Hard Travel to Sacred Places
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Hard Travel to Sacred Places

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On a journey through Southeast Asia, a writer discovers the survival of age-old truths in a world gone mad. "A brilliant corrective to euphemistic travel writing and a profound look at the spiritual life under duress... Wurlitzer sets a new standard of truth for the widening crowd of those who would write about the spiritual life." - San Francisco Chronicle "A dark jewel, sharp and compact...what a rare thing Wurlitzer has written: a book of spirit that cuts to the bone." - Voice Literary Supplement "Favorite 25 books of 1994"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 127 x 185 x 10.67mm | 190g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 1570621179
  • 9781570621178
  • 1,230,023

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Hard Travel to Sacred Places is the record of a personal odyssey through Southeast Asia, an external and internal journey through grief and the painful realities of a decadent age. Wurlitzer - novelist, screenwriter, and Buddhist practitioner - travels with his wife, photographer Lynn Davis, on a photo assignment to the sacred sites of Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. Heavy Westernization, sex clubs, aging hippies and expatriates, and political dissidents provide a vivid contrast to the peace that Wurlitzer and Davis seek, still reeling from the death of their son in a car accident. As Davis with her camera searches for a thread of meaning among the artifacts and relics of a more enlightened age, Wurlitzer grasps at the wisdom of the Buddhist teachings in an effort to assuage his grief. His journal chronicles the survival of age-old truths in a world gone mad.
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About Rudolph Wurlitzer

Rudolph Wurlitzer is a screenwriter, novelist, and essayist. He wrote the screenplay for Little Buddha, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. His short fiction and articles have appeared in Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Evening Post, and Rolling Stone. His novel Nog is an underground classic.
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130 ratings
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