White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World (Paperback)

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Much of Geoff Dyer’s work might best be described as personal essay. He’s a forerunner and master of this exploding genre. In White Sands, Dyer is also art critic, travel writer, and philosopher. Visiting landscapes and exploring their intersection with human culture across time, we reside both claustrophobically inside the author’s rambling mind, and roam the South Pacific, Norway, the American desert, emphasizing the vastness of the world. Dyer verges on snarky, but before that grates, he tips into wry humor or surprising profundity, making for countless read-aloud, laugh-aloud moments in a gloriously uncategorizable and memorable collection.

— Sara, Atlanta



From a trip to The Lightning Field in New Mexico, to chasing Gauguin's ghost in French Polynesia, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel.

Episodic, wide-ranging and funny, Geoff Dyer blends travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. From one of the most original writers in Britain, this is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers everywhere.

About the Author

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ's Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he received a Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at the University of Southern California.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781782117421
ISBN-10: 1782117423
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English