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Warned by a Hong Kong fortune-teller not to risk flying for a whole year, Tiziano Terzani — a vastly experienced Asia correspondent — took what he called “the first step into an unknown world. . . . It turned out to be one of the most extraordinary years I have ever spent: I was marked for death, and instead I was reborn.”

Traveling by foot, boat, bus, car, and train, he visited Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Geography expanded under his feet. He consulted soothsayers, sorcerers, and shamans and received much advice — some wise, some otherwise — about his future. With time to think, he learned to understand, respect, and fear for older ways of life and beliefs now threatened by the crasser forms of Western modernity. He rediscovered a place he had been reporting on for decades. And it reinvigorated him.

The result is an immensely engaging, insightful, and idiosyncratic journey, filled with unexpected delights and strange encounters. A bestseller and major prizewinner in Italy, A Fortune-Teller Told Me is a powerful warning against the new missionaries of materialism.

From the Hardcover edition.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2001
June 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown/Archetype
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
3
Mb

Customer Reviews

Rkailat ,

A window to how our world has unalterably changed

Interesting look into questioning what is progress. Tying together some interesting threads from the past.

Some of the astrologer parts drag on but there is definitely a joy in reading about the nuances of some of the regions visited.

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