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By Robert Root

For a few, a feeling of position is ready go back and forth, approximately plunging oneself into new settings. For others, it really is approximately being—and knowing—home. This publication is a suite of essays, memoirs, nature writing, and commute narratives that rfile the effect this feeling of position has on writing. In destinations as regular as Cape Cod or Mesa Verde and as unique as Kraków or Kyrgyzstan, 13 finished writers of latest inventive nonfiction proportion a few of their such a lot memorable paintings, disclosing how position alters our notion and affects our insight.
Taking readers to deserts and forests, islands and mountains, Landscapes with Figures is an come upon not just with locations but additionally with writers themselves. each one contribution is observed through an author's statement  that discusses the connection to put in his or her writing. The authors display the connections they think to the areas they write approximately, the function that position performs within the offerings they make in pertaining to their studies, and the techniques and paintings conduct that produce such writing. This compilation is immediately a wide-ranging anthology of the nonfiction of position for the armchair tourist and a publication approximately writing when you aspire to appreciate and perform the craft, sporting with it the invitation to mirror on one’s personal exact places.

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Born in Cairo, he became the master guerrilla, master terrorist, of the Middle East, waging what he called “the battle for peace,” which really was the battle for a place for Palestinians to live among the Jews. He once famously spoke to the United Nations wearing an empty gun holster and waving an olive branch, an image of perfect contradiction, which is what his life measured up to in the end, neither war nor peace completed after nearly fifty years of fighting, when he died in Paris of mysterious causes.

And so on a winter’s day I find myself visiting a farm in Maine where in the gray afternoon light with the desiccated sunflower heads leaning from their drooping stalks and a heron loping across the sky, I watch two cows labor to cross the muddy snow-edged stream and climb the crusted slope to meet the man spreading sheaves of baled hay along the hillside. Have I come to love simple beauty because the world is too cruel to bear? Yes, there is still this balm of the pastoral, but it is not simple.

A man I know once experienced a sexually induced amnesia in which he lost memory of place. He had taken a walk into the woods with his companion. This was a sunny June afternoon, and the man and woman wandered down an abandoned forest lane, the wheel ruts of a hundred years past visible as impressions on the leaf-thick ground, an area once farmland now grown to deciduous forest where ghost tracks of stone foundations and pasture fences ran for miles, the old hand-hewn grid where sounds of sheep, chicken, horses, and children had mingled with those of the songbirds the man and woman heard on this bright green day.

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