The Glamour of Strangeness by Jamie James
  

The Glamour of Strangeness

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The Glamour of Strangeness by Jamie James

Focusing on six principal subjects, Jamie James locates a lost national school of artists who left their homes for the unknown. There is Walter Spies, the devastatingly handsome German painter who remade his life in Bali; Raden Saleh, the Javanese painter who found fame in Europe; Isabelle Eberhardt, a Russian-Swiss writer who roamed the Sahara dressed as an Arab man; the American experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, who went to Haiti and became a committed follower of voodoo. From France, Paul Gauguin left for Tahiti; and Victor Segalen, a naval doctor, poet, and novelist, immersed himself in classical Chinese civilization in imperial Peking. In The Glamour of Strangeness, James evokes these extraordinary lives in portraits that bring the transcultural artist into sharp relief. Drawing on his own career as a travel writer and years of archival research uncovering previously unpublished letters and journals, James creates a penetrating study of the powerful connection between art and the exotic. Jamie James is the author of The Music of the Spheres, The Snake Charmer, Rimbaud in Java, and other titles. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic Traveler, among others, and served as the art critic at The New Yorker and The Times of London. He moved to Indonesia in 1999.

Reviews

[A] richly detailed, absorbing cultural history . . . Abundant primary sources inform James

. . . [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

--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

--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

, 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

Kirkus (starred review) James is merrily entertaining in his exceptional erudition and nimble eloquence

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

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.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Author

Jamie James
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Publisher

Faber and Faber Inc an imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc

Publication date

9th August 2016

ISBN

9780374163358


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