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Dastgah: Diary of a Headtrip
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Written after waging a one-man war of words with the British, being surrounded by the Iranian army in Shiraz and discovering a dead boy by the roadside in the Himalayas, this is not simply a collection of travel stories. In the tradition of writers as diverse as Jack Kerouac and Barry Lopez, these are stories about who we become, and what we discover about ourselves, when we travel; stories about place and identity; a lyrical meandering through the world which brings us closer to understanding the meaning of words such as "love" and "home".
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Shortlisted: City of Brisbane Prize for Asia-Pacific Travel Writing.

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MARK MORDUE is an Australian writer, journalist and editor. He has been published in Interview, Madison, Speak and Salon in the USA, and Purple in France. At home in Australia his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, HQ, Vogue, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, GQ, The Bulletin and HEAT. He was the founding editor of Australian Style (1992-97). He is the winner of a 1992 Human Rights Media Award and is currently Asialink 2001 writer-in-residence at Beijing University.

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Mordue, a well-published author and editor in his home country of Australia and sometime contributor to the Nation and Salon.com, brings something new to the overcrowded travel book shelves: a refreshing frankness. His trip, described in prose that is alternately brutally honest, witty, insightful, and illuminating-and, yes, he admits to partaking of the devil's weed now and then-covers India, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Paris, Turkey, Iran, and New York. Places that are usually described in glowing terms, such as Paris and Katmandu, are shown to have a dark underside, while perpetual punching bag New York comes off as a rather nice place to visit. Anyone looking for an offbeat, fascinating, and always surprising book will find this a "headtrip" worth taking. Definitely recommended for medium and large public libraries.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

admirably spirited, bright, quizzical ' The Canberra Timesit's a vivid collection of personal and philosophical observations that give his stories a universal resonance.' Time Off

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