The Glamour of Strangeness: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic

Jamie James (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$30.00
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
August 09, 2016
Pages
384
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780374163358
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About the Author

Jamie James is the author of The Snake Charmer, Rimbaud in Java, and other books. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and The Atlantic, among other publications. He regularly reviewed art exhibitions and contributed features to The New Yorker and served as the American arts correspondent for The Times (London). He has lived in Indonesia since 1999, and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Grant.

Reviews

"[A] richly detailed, absorbing cultural history . . . Abundant primary sources inform James' sharply drawn, sympathetic portraits." "Kirkus" (starred review)

"[A] richly detailed, absorbing cultural history . . . Abundant primary sources inform James' sharply drawn, sympathetic portraits." "Kirkus" (starred review)

"James is merrily entertaining in his exceptional erudition and nimble eloquence, and fluently and movingly insightful in his psychological, sexual, social, and aesthetic interpretations as he tells these astonishing, often tragic tales of intrepid self-creation and ardently chosen homelands." "Booklist" (starred review)

A riveting account of some mightily other lives people of learning longing to be elsewhere, body or soul, and picturesquely succeeding: just as Jamie James does in his calling as their chronicler and kindred spirit.
Gini Alhadeff, author of "Diary of a Djinn""

"Esoterically learned and always entertaining . . . [Jamie James] may be a blue-chip professional writer (and one with a subtle sense of language and a very good idea of where his reader is), but there's no question that his new book is the work of an amateur in the strictest, most laudable sense: the one who acts, in this case writes, out of love . . . Quite a few readers will, I'm sure, pick up James's book to nourish dreams of escaping the malfunctioning contraption of the homeland." Joseph O'Neill, The New York Times Book Review

[An] entertaining, erudite study of a rarefied group of people whose experience of other cultures transcended mere travel. Tash Aw, Financial Times

"[A] richly detailed, absorbing cultural history . . . Abundant primary sources inform James' sharply drawn, sympathetic portraits." Kirkus (starred review)


"James is merrily entertaining in his exceptional erudition and nimble eloquence, and fluently and movingly insightful in his psychological, sexual, social, and aesthetic interpretations as he tells these astonishing, often tragic tales of intrepid self-creation and ardently chosen homelands." Booklist (starred review)


A riveting account of some mightily other lives people of learning longing to be elsewhere, body or soul, and picturesquely succeeding: just as Jamie James does in his calling as their chronicler and kindred spirit. Gini Alhadeff, author of Diary of a Djinn

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"Esoterically learned and always entertaining . . . [Jamie James] may be a blue-chip professional writer (and one with a subtle sense of language and a very good idea of where his reader is), but there's no question that his new book is the work of an amateur in the strictest, most laudable sense: the one who acts, in this case writes, out of love . . . Quite a few readers will, I'm sure, pick up James's book to nourish dreams of escaping the malfunctioning contraption of the homeland." --Joseph O'Neill, The New York Times Book Review

"[An] entertaining, erudite study of a rarefied group of people whose experience of other cultures transcended mere travel." --Tash Aw, Financial Times

"[A] richly detailed, absorbing cultural history . . . Abundant primary sources inform James' sharply drawn, sympathetic portraits." --Kirkus (starred review)


"James is merrily entertaining in his exceptional erudition and nimble eloquence, and fluently and movingly insightful in his psychological, sexual, social, and aesthetic interpretations as he tells these astonishing, often tragic tales of intrepid self-creation and ardently chosen homelands."--Booklist (starred review)


"A riveting account of some mightily 'other' lives--people of learning longing to be elsewhere, body or soul, and picturesquely succeeding: just as Jamie James does in his calling as their chronicler and kindred spirit." --Gini Alhadeff, author of Diary of a Djinn