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By Robert Root

For a few, a feeling of position is ready commute, approximately plunging oneself into new settings. For others, it's approximately being—and knowing—home. This publication is a set of essays, memoirs, nature writing, and trip narratives that rfile the effect this feeling of position has on writing. In destinations as typical as Cape Cod or Mesa Verde and as unique as Kraków or Kyrgyzstan, 13 entire writers of latest inventive nonfiction proportion a few of their such a lot memorable paintings, disclosing how position alters our notion and affects our insight.
Taking readers to deserts and forests, islands and mountains, Landscapes with Figures is an stumble upon not just with locations but additionally with writers themselves. every one contribution is followed by means of an author's observation  that discusses the connection to put in his or her writing. The authors exhibit the connections they think to the areas they write approximately, the position that position performs within the offerings they make in concerning their stories, and the recommendations and paintings conduct that produce such writing. This compilation is straight away a wide-ranging anthology of the nonfiction of position for the armchair traveller and a ebook approximately writing in case you aspire to appreciate and perform the craft, wearing with it the invitation to mirror on one’s personal distinctive places.

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One about the horned lizard In the Territory of Birds who had gone out to gather firewood, loading it on his back as he climbed into the ironwood tree. Come here, come here, the people in the village called, bring us that firewood. But ants had begun to crawl up his legs and bite him. With all that wood on his back, he could not get them off, lost his balance, and fell out of the tree. ” Poor little one. The lizard, it seemed, carried their burdens along with his own. He shared humanity with them; they shared animality with the lizard.

I understand that purgation and surrender are about nothing so much as letting go: of control, of dread, of desire. I think sometimes that what we long for—what we desire—is the very life we are living but can’t yet recognize. Like the major in Hemingway’s story who has lost his wife and cannot reconcile himself to her death, my grief for the past often causes me to separate myself from the present. I mourn that “other country” I am no longer a resident of. The future is a narrative that does not yet belong to me, and so I fill that void with what I have known, cannot let go of, and fear I may never regain.

He shared humanity with them; they shared animality with the lizard. ” Then an older woman sang its song. The others laughed so loud we never caught the words, but the woman was too modest to sing it again. She would only say that it was very dirty. It was in this place that I found myself an accidental tourist in the territory of birds. I did not plan for this to happen, nor did I regret it. We set out across the Infiernillo Channel for Isla Tiburón, five visitors in all, in the care of Ernesto Molino, our Seri guide.

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