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Iyer, Pico

Works: 123 works in 326 publications in 6 languages and 14,099 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Anecdotes  Nonfiction films  Educational films  Horror tales  Interviews  Filmed literary readings  Filmed interviews 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Author of introduction, Contributor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., wpr
Classifications: QH193.H5, 910.4
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Pico Iyer
The open road : the global journey of the fourteenth Dalai Lama by Pico Iyer( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is the first serious consideration of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Author Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for three decades--an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his humanity. Iyer illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.--From publisher description
The art of stillness : adventures in going nowhere by Pico Iyer( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and German and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay 'The Joy of Quiet, ' The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. Why would a man who seems able to go everywhere and do anything--like the international heartthrob and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen--choose to spend years sitting still and going nowhere? What can Nowhere offer that no Anywhere can match? And why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room and getting to know the seasons and landscapes of Nowhere might be the ultimate adventure? In The Art of Stillness, Iyer draws on the lives of well-known wanderer-monks like Cohen--as well as from his own experiences as a travel writer who chooses to spend most of his time in rural Japan--to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. Iyer reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people--even those with no religious commitment--seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or tai chi. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to rediscover the wisdom of an earlier age. There is even a growing trend toward observing an 'Internet sabbath' every week, turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning and reviving those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation. In this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many have found richness in stillness and what--from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck--they've gained there."--Publisher's description
An Introduction to Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson by Dan Stone( Recording )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping (1980) tells the story of Ruthie, a quiet, friendless girl living in a remote Idaho town called Fingerbone. The train that travels into the cold mountains of Fingerbone crosses a lake that has claimed the lives of Ruthie's grandfather by accident and her mother by suicide, leaving Ruthie and her younger sister Lucille with their grandmother, Sylvia Foster. When Sylvia passes away, her two sisters-in-law move to Fingerbone to take care of the girls. Though pleasant and dutiful, Misses Lily and Nona Foster enjoy their solitude. After the first hard winter, they leave Ruthie and Lucille in the hands of a younger guardian, the girls' aunt Sylvie, who returns home after sixteen years. Sylvie, their mother's younger sister, is a boxcar drifter content with her itinerant lifestyle, but she commits to staying in Fingerbone to keep house and raise the girls. She has little experience with either and becomes like a "mermaid in a ship's cabin." Most days, she wanders to the lake by the train tracks and drifts in a stolen rowboat. In a house soon covered in soot and cobwebs, cans and newspapers, she feeds the girls from jelly jars and plates made from detergent boxes. Ruthie takes it all in stride, but her sister, Lucille, sees the other children in town and wants no part of Sylvie's world. Whereas the sisters are inseparable through much of their young lives, they begin to grow apart in their teenage years. Lucille matures into a prissy woman who swings her hips and sews her own dresses; Ruthie remains a tall, gangly child with a buzzard's hunch and a distaste for school. Soon their lives, like the house and the town and their dark family history, get lost in the tangled overgrowth of loneliness and neglect. The family ties that have kept them together can hold them no more. In language as lyrical and lush as the landscapes it describes, Robinson tells a haunting story of the permanence of loss and the transitory nature of love. She reminds us that, despite the fragility of human relationships, our desires to hold onto them are what make us whole
An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin audio guide by Dan Stone( Recording )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) is arguably the most widely admired American fantasy novel of the past fifty years. The book's elegant diction, geographical sweep, and mounting suspense are quite irresistible. Earthsea, composed of an archipelago of many islands, is a land of the imagination, like Oz, Faerie, or the dream-like realm of our unconscious. Earthsea may not be a "real" world but it is one that our souls recognize as meaningful and "true." Actions there possess an epic grandeur, a mythic resonance that we associate with romance and fairy tale. Songs, poems, runes, spells --- words matter a great deal in Earthsea, especially those in the "Old Speech" now spoken only by dragons and wizards. To work a spell one must know an object or person's "true name," which is nothing less than that object or person's fundamental essence. In Earthsea, to know a person's true name is to gain power over him or her. "A mage," we are told, "can control only what is near him, what he can name exactly and wholly." Understanding the nature of things, not possessing power over them, is the ultimate goal of magic. Indeed, the greatest wizards do all they can to avoid using their skill. They recognize that the cosmos relies on equilibrium, appropriateness, and "balance"--- the very name Earthsea suggests such balance --- and that every action bears consequences. To perform magic, then, is to take on a heavy responsibility: One literally disturbs the balance of the universe. The young Ged is born, a fated seventh son, on the island of Gont and, by accident, discovers that he possesses an innate talent for magic. Even as an untrained boy he is able to use his nascent powers to save his town from marauders. Soon, though, he goes to study with gentle Ogion the Silent, whom he foolishly fails to appreciate. Sent to complete his studies at the Archmage's school for wizards on the island of Roke, Ged grows increasingly proud, over-confident, and competitive. To display his much-vaunted skills, he rashly attempts a dangerous spell --- with dire consequences for Earthsea and himself. Hoping to repair the damage he has caused, the chastened Ged embarks on a series of journeys around Earthsea --- and eventually beyond the known world
Tropical classical : essays from several directions by Pico Iyer( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witty, warm, unerringly perceptive, Pico Iyer possesses a knack for seeing things that others don't. "Tropical Classic" is a bumper collection of essays and articles by the author of "Video Night in Kathmandu" which covers an extraordinary range of Iyer's interests and adventures--a splendid package for Iyer fans, present and future
Cuba and the night : a novel by Pico Iyer( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American news photographer is sent to Havana for a reportage on love-for-sale. As part of his research he has an affair with Lourdes, a Cuban woman. He is determined it won't go further, but on his return to the U.S. he realizes he is in love and returns to undertake the dangerous task of getting her out
The year of the hare : a novel by Arto Paasilinna( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his car hits a bunny, which ultimately survives, a man decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions, and spend a year wandering around the countryside of Finland--with the rabbit as his only companion
The Best Spiritual Writing 2010 by Pico Iyer( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The renowned nonfiction annual makes its Penguin debut For more than a decade, Philip Zaleski has collected into a single volume the best spiritual essays and poetry of the year. The Best Spiritual Writing 2010, featuring essays by John Updike and Diane Ackerman, poems from Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney and Pulitzer Prize-winner Louise GlUck, and personal reflections by Richard Rodriguez and Leon Wieseltier, is sure to expand on the series' already wide recognition and reach the growing audience of readers searching for unsurpassed spiritual writing. Contributors include: Mary Jo Bang, Jane Hirshfield, Melissa Range, Rick Bass, Paula Huston, Pattiann Rogers, David Berlinski, Pico Iyer, Amanda Shaw, Joseph Bottum, Charles Johnson, Master Sheng Yen, Nicholas Carr, Jon D. Levenson, Floyd Skloot, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Philip Levine, Meir Soloveichik, Billy Collins, Wilfred M. McClay, Richard Wilbur, Chrisi Cox, Richard John Neuhaus, Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky
Complete short stories by Graham Greene( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a collection of the complete short stories of British writer, Graham Greene, author of "The Power and the Glory," and "The Heart of the Matter."
The snow leopard by Peter Matthiessen( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest{u2014} to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty."--Publisher information
Gringo trails by Pegi Vail( Visual )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the film traces stories over the course of thirty years to show the dramatic long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment
Kazuo Ishiguro by Kazuo Ishiguro( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mr. Ishiguro read from his fourth novel, T̀he unconsoled' on October 19, 1995"--Container
The skeptical romancer : selected travel writing by W. Somerset Maugham( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Travel writer Pico Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham's wise and vivid prose that track his transformation from a boyish traveler to a worldly man of letters, looking back on India, China, Russia, and America
The best American travel writing 2004( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an anthology of the best American travel writing published in 2004, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites
Caryl Phillips( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts, West Indies, and has published five works of fiction which present different perspectives of the African diaspora and explore the anatomy of slavery with stylistic virtuosity and memorable characters who tell the stories of those who survived slavery. He reads from Crossing the River
The year of the hare by Arto Paasilinna( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While out on an assignment, Finnish journalist Vatanen and his photographer accidentally hit a hare with their car. Sympathetic and guilty, Vatanen sets off to find the wounded animal. After nursing the hare back to health, the journalist's view of the world changes, giving him a renewed sense of purpose in life
The lady and the monk : four seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the author's stay in a monastery in Kyoto, Japan, in order to learn about Zen Buddhism, introduces readers to Sachiko--a well-educated, English-speaking, Japanese housewife locked in a traditional marriage but drawn to the author and to Western culture
Buddha, the living way by deForest W Trimingham( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Video night in Kathmandu : and other reports from the not-so-far East by Pico Iyer( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Engelstalig journalist van Indiase afkomst beschrijft aan de hand van zijn ervaringen in Azië de culturele invloed van het Westen op de mensen daar
The best travel writing 2011 : true stories from around the world by Larry Habegger( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best Travel Writing 2011 is the eighth volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing -- from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine. Sweat, suffer, and fall in love in Guyana, meet a traveler who conducts his own detente in Russian baths, and encounter the light of a stranger in Burma. Further tales include methods on comprehending t
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The open road : the global journey of the fourteenth Dalai Lama
Alternative Names
Iyer, Siddharth Pico Raghavan

Iyer, Siddharth Pico Raghavan 1957-

Pico Iyer 1957-....

Pico Iyer Britischer Autor

Pico Iyer British writer

Pico Iyer Brits romanschrijver

Pico Iyer essayiste et écrivain Britannique

Пико Айер

پیکو لیر

피코 아이어(Pico Iyer)


皮柯.耶尔 (Pico Iyer)

English (175)

Dutch (4)

French (3)

German (2)

Italian (2)

Chinese (1)

Tropical classical : essays from several directionsCuba and the night : a novelThe year of the hare : a novelThe Best Spiritual Writing 2010Complete short storiesThe snow leopardThe skeptical romancer : selected travel writingThe best American travel writing 2004