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Pico Iyer


Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the author of 15 books, translated into 23 languages, and has been a constant contributor for more than 30 years to Time, The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and more than 250 other periodicals worldwide. His four recent talks for TED have received more than 11 million views.

Pico Iyer

Books by Pico Iyer

by Pico Iyer - Memoir, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion

Paradise: that elusive place where the anxieties, struggles and burdens of life fall away. Most of us dream of it, but each of us has very different ideas about where it is to be found. For some, it can be enjoyed only after death; for others, it’s in our midst --- or just across the ocean --- if only we can find eyes to see it. Traveling from Iran to North Korea, from the Dalai Lama’s Himalayas to the ghostly temples of Japan, Pico Iyer brings together a lifetime of explorations to upend our ideas of utopia and ask how we might find peace in the midst of difficulty and suffering. Does religion lead us back to Eden or only into constant contention? Why do so many seeming paradises turn into war zones? And does paradise exist only in the afterworld --- or can it be found in the here and now?

by Pico Iyer - History, Nonfiction, Travel

Pico Iyer has called Japan home for more than three decades. But, as he is the first to admit, the country remains an enigma even to its long-term residents. In A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO JAPAN, Iyer draws on his years of experience --- his travels, conversations, readings and reflections --- to craft a book of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. He recounts his adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation hall to a love hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, and from dinner with Meryl Streep to an ill-fated call to the Apple service center in a series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don’t know Japan --- and to remind those who do of its myriad fascinations.

by Pico Iyer - Memoir, Nonfiction

Returning to his longtime home in Japan after his father-in-law’s sudden death, Pico Iyer picks up the steadying patterns of his everyday rites: going to the post office and engaging in furious games of ping-pong every evening. But in a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, he comes to reflect on changelessness in ways that anyone can relate to: parents age, children scatter, and Iyer and his wife turn to whatever can sustain them as everything falls away. As the maple leaves begin to turn and the heat begins to soften, Iyer shows us a Japan we have seldom seen before, where the transparent and the mysterious are held in a delicate balance, and where autumn reminds us to take nothing for granted.

by Pico Iyer - Nonfiction

Pico Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with English writer Graham Greene. He investigates all he has in common with Greene, and the deeper he delves, the more he begins to wonder if the man within his head is not Greene but his own father --- or even himself.