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Iyer, Pico

Works: 142 works in 412 publications in 6 languages and 16,627 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Anecdotes  Romance fiction  Nonfiction films  Educational films  Essays  Interviews  Filmed literary readings 
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 1,665 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 )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay 'The Joy of Quiet, ' The Art of Stillness considers the 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 this book, 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
Abandon : a romance by Pico Iyer( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Obsessed with the teachings of Sufism, John Macmillan, an English graduate student studying in California, follows the trail of some ancient Islamic manuscripts on a vain search that brings him to an encounter with the enigmatic Camilla Jensen
An Introduction to Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson by Dan Stone( Recording )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 588 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 )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 580 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 559 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 )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 515 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 458 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 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Every year, 'The Best Spiritual Writing' brings together the finest essays and poetry on the themes of faith, spirituality, and religion."--Page 4 of cover
Complete short stories by Graham Greene( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 374 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 335 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 )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 325 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
The skeptical romancer : selected travel writing by W. Somerset Maugham( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer maps out a masterful tour of these vivid, evocative pieces that are collected here for the first time. Maugham worked as a secret agent in Russia, published novels in London, staged plays in New York, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, India, and the United States, chronicling his travels, wherever he went, with exceptional insight. Beginning with In the Land of the Blessed Virgin and culminating in A Partial View, Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham's razor-sharp prose that track his transformation from a boyish traveler in Spain to a worldly man of letters. This is Maugham at his most keenly observant, direct, and powerful
The lady and the monk : four seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 254 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
The best American travel writing 2016 by Bill Bryson( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an anthology of the best travel writing published in 2016, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites
Kazuo Ishiguro by Kazuo Ishiguro( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mr. Ishiguro read from his fourth novel, T̀he unconsoled' on October 19, 1995"--Container
The year of the hare by Arto Paasilinna( )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 223 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 best American travel writing 2004( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 223 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 )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 205 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 global soul : jet lag, shopping malls, and the search for home by Pico Iyer( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And, finally, he returns to England, where the effects of empire-as-global-village are still being sorted out, and to Japan, where in the midst of alien surfaces, Iyer unexpectedly finds a home."--Jacket
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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

Pico Iyer 1957-....

Pico Iyer Britischer Autor

Pico Iyer British writer

Pico Iyer Brits romanschrijver

Pico Iyer escritor británico

Pico Iyer essayiste et écrivain Britannique

Пико Айер

پیکو لیر

피코 아이어(Pico Iyer)


皮柯.耶尔 (Pico Iyer)

Abandon : a romanceTropical 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 writing