A whimsical, hilarious, heartbreaking tour of the world from a writer A. S. Byatt has called 'one of the greatest modern novelists'.
Cees Nooteboom was born in the Hague in 1933. He is a poet and the author of prize-winning fiction and travel books. In 1993 he won the Aristeion European Literature Prize for his novel The Following Story. His books have been translated into many languages.
This is a jewel of a travel book, free of pretension, full of easy
adventure, fresh with childlike wonder for the world. * Travel
Nooteboom writes beautifully. His prose is clean and precise without feeling sparse, and he manages to combine clarity with intense lyricism -- Rebecca Abrahams * Guardian *
Nooteboom has shown himself a master of ironic wisdom, but also of elated, elegiac feeling -- Ben Rogers * Independent on Sunday *
A cause for gentle celebration * Time Out *
Observant and meditative * The Times *