The Ends of The Earth
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A lifelong traveller with an admitted â€˜predilection for unlovely thingsâ€™, Roger Willemsen has tramped over five continents in search of the ends of the earth. Some are literally thatâ€”geographical and topographical extremities like the Cape of Good Hope, the Himalaya, the volcanoes of Kamchatka, and the North Pole. Other endpoints take Willemsenâ€™s psychological endurance to breaking pointâ€”the foetid warrens of a Mumbai brothel; a deathbed vigil in a hospital ward in Minsk, Belarus; an afternoon spent under Luca Signorelliâ€™s fresco, The Last Judgement, in Orvieto, Italy, in a futile wait for a lover. And, through this series of remarkable sketches, Willemsen manages to reach for another kind of end, cathartic and healingâ€”an end to love and lust, to illusions, to order and understanding.
A brilliantly conceived and utterly original travelogue, The Ends of the Earth is as much an exploration of landscapes and geographies as it is of the psyche. This volume is perfect for every kind of traveller.
Roger Willemsen is a German author, foreign correspondent and broadcaster. His work has been recognized through the Adolf Grimme Award, the Rinke Prize and the Julius Campe Award. Five of his books have featured on Der Spiegelâ€™s bestseller list in Germany and he is an honorary professor of literature at Berlinâ€™s Humboldt University.