"Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bob Shacochis began his writing career as a pioneering journalist and contributing editor for Outside magazi... Full description
"Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bob Shacochis began his writing career as a pioneering journalist and contributing editor for Outside magazine and Harper's. Kingdoms in the Air brings together the very best of Shacochis's culture and travel essays in one live-wire collection that spans his global adventures and his life passions; from surfing, to his obsession with the South American dorado, to the time he went bushwhacking in Mozambique. In the titular essay “Kingdoms, ” the longest work in the collection, Shacochis ventures to Nepal with his friend, the photographer Thomas Laird, who was the first foreigner to live in Nepal's kingdom of Mustang as the forbidden Shangri-la prepared to open its borders to trekkers and trade. When the two men return a decade after Laird first lived there, Shacochis observes in brilliantly evocative prose both the current cultural and political landscape of the country and the changes with which his friend has to reconcile. Replete with Shacochis's signature swagger, humor, and crystalline wisdom, Kingdoms in the Air is a majestic and essential collection from one of our most important writers." -- Provided by publisher.
383 pages ; 24 cm
Bob Shacochis is an American author and journalist. He was born in Pennsylvania on September 9, 1951, and grew up in McLean Virginia. He was educated at the University of Missouri, and the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. He currently teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
Shacochis's first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands won the National Book Award for first work of fiction. His second collection, The Next New World was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel, Swimming in the Volcano was a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award. Shacochis has been a contributing editor for Outside and Harper's, and has been a columnist and writer for several national publications, including GQ magazine.