Writing Across the Landscape
Travel Journals 1950-2013
Motorcycle Diaries for a new generation, this long-awaited volume provides a panoramic portrait of art and life across the twentieth century.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti—legendary poet and best-selling author—collects here his travel journals. Traversing the latter half of the twentieth century to the present, Writing Across the Landscape positions Ferlinghetti as a major voice whose personal writings are now added to the fabric of twentieth-century literary history. The volume gives glimpses of figures like William Burroughs in London, Ezra Pound in Italy and Fidel Castro at the dawn of the Revolution. Readers will journey to Mexico, Morocco, Paris and Rome, as well as to post-Stalinist Russia on a harrowing journey on the Trans-Siberian Express. Embedded with new poems and Ferlinghetti’s pyrotechnic prose, Writing Across the Landscape evokes the people, places and political movements that have shaped our time.
“Ferlinghetti move[s] through the decades...in the grip of managed melancholy; a detached and watchful sympathy for the world and its follies.” — Iain Sinclair, London Review of Books