Pico Iyer’s search for peace in an uncertain world

How does a global soul, a passionate traveler who loves the world and is known for essays exploring strange environments, make it through a long lockdown that has kept him housebound? That was the challenge faced by Pico Iyer, who has been reporting primarily from Asia and Latin America for around 40 years, when the COVID-19 pandemic closed many borders and hampered much of our desire to travel.

The Half-Known Life: In Search of Paradise, by Pico Iyer.
240 pages
RIVERHEAD BOOKS, non-fiction.

The forced withdrawal prompted Iyer to take stock and look back on his travels, which led to a new collection of essays titled The Half-Known Life: In Search of Paradise, which was released earlier this month. A longing for the great stranger runs through the collection, but also an awareness of mortality, the search for peace in the world and the private sphere.

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