Haunted Traveler (Hardcover)

An Imaginary Memoir

By Barry Yourgrau

Arcade Publishing, 9781559704823, 202pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 1999

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/18/2011)
Paperback (9/27/2016)

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Think Bruce Chatwin meets Monty Python. Meets Paul Bowles meets Fellini meets Scheherazade meets the Twilight Zone. Haunted Traveller is a travel memoir as could only be conjured by Barry Yourgrau, "the odd, wild, and brilliant master of absurd anxieties" (Patrick McGrath). His new terrain: the moody romance of Travel itself. Haunted Traveller chronicles one man's moonstruck roaming ... to deathbed whispers in tropical hotel rooms, heartbreaking sea voyages with cross-dressing crews, mountain graveyards where a ghost shops for a five wife, stolen kisses in snowbound palaces -- to lands that exist somewhere between yearning dream, poetic whimsy, and troubled confession.

Mixing the grand gestures of travel writing with Gothic horror, amorous fables, adventure yarns, and his trademark surreal wit, Yourgrau has created a lushly atmospheric and deeply personal masterpiece of a book that distills the special sublime genius of his earlier work and pushes it to a new, richly poignant level.