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  • Auteur:
    Kociejowski, Marius
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    Bringing together the best of Marius Kociejowski's travel writing, 'Zoroaster's Children'snags on the borderline between dream and meaning, offering unusual glimpses of some of the places, exotic or 'otherwise, the author has been. 'Attracted to society's outcasts'as it is these, he argues, which point towards an underground of conformity that will not contain them'Kociejowksi offers in these essays glimpses of locales as diverse and seemingly divergent as Prague, Tunisia, Moscow, Aleppo and Toronto, among others. By turns empathetic and virtuosic, and always on the lookout for the deeper meaning seeded inside language, the essays in'Zoroaster's Children'evince the deep absorption in a people and a place which are the hallmark of all great travel writers.

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    Thompson, David, Moreau, William E.
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    David Thompson's Travels is one of the finest early expressions of the Canadian experience. The work is not only the account of a remarkable life in the fur trade but an extended meditation on the land and Native peoples of western North America. The tale spans the years 1784 to 1807 and extends from the Great Lakes to the Rockies, from Athabasca to Missouri. A distinguished literary work, the Travels alternates between the expository prose of the scientist and the vivid language of the storyteller, animated throughout by a restless spirit of inquiry and sense of wonder. In the first volume of an ambitious three-volume project that will finally bring all of Thompson's writings together, editor William Moreau presents the Travels narrative as it existed in 1850, when the author was forced to abandon his work. Accompanying Moreau's transcription is an introductory essay and a textual introduction, extensive critical annotations, historical and modern maps, and a biographical appendix. The definitive collection of Thompson's works, The Writings of David Thompson will bring one of North American's most important early travellers and surveyors and his world to a whole new generation of readers.

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    Telfer, A.H., DiCorpo, Lorene
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    In the 1880s the provincial government sent out teams of land surveyors to explore the northern Ontario hinterland. By rail, canoe and on foot they and their crews cut through the forests and across streams, establishing the boundaries for townships in preparation for settlement. Alexander Herkes Telfer was a member of the party led by the Haliburton surveyor Alexander Niven, who was responsible for running the lines for seven townships around the head of Lake Temiskaming. The child of Scottish immigrants who settled in Scarborough, Ontario, A.H. Telfer logged his experiences in a personal diary, revealing a love of new frontiers and adventure that the hardships of life could not diminish. His vivid account provides interesting details of early surveying methods and of the lives of some intrepid early settlers in this wild but beautiful land. An introduction and annotations by the editor and early photographs of the upper Ottawa/Lake Temiskaming area complement the diary and create a historical context. "I personally have long been interested in the surveyor Alexander Niven from Haliburton. I grew up on Niven Street in New Liskeard, and as a child wondered about the man the street was named for. The story of Niven and the other surveyors who mapped the Townships of the Little Clay Belt in the District of Temiskaming in the 1880s is long overdue. "A.H. Telfer’s personal diaries, which tell of the day-to-day hardships and accomplishments of these surveyors, are a fascinating account of the country before the great land rush of the 1890s and the Cobalt mining boom of 1903, which changed the landscape dramatically. This personal account by one of the members of the actual survey party of 1886 is interesting from a historical perspective, as it bridges the gap between the fur trading and logging eras, and the settlement of Temiskaming. Of equal interest is the mention in the diary of pioneers in the area, such as C.C. Farr, the founder of the town of Haileybury; Edouard Piche, one of the earliest settlers on Lake Temiskaming; and the Heard brothers from Haliburton, who were among the first homesteaders. "For anyone interested in the history of northern Ontario, this is a ’must read.’"- Bruce W. Taylor, genealogist, historian and author, his most recent book being New Liskeard: The Pioneer Years (2003).

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    Sparkman, Richard
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    A recreational canoeman in his native Texas, Rick Sparkman thought he knew all about the sport when he moved to Nova Scotia in 1981. The swift, cold rivers and streams of his new home adjusted his thinking in the most personal way: he got dumped. That’s when he started learning to paddle in earnest. Woodlands Canoeing explains the fundamentals of recreational canoeing in the woods of the Maritimes, New England, and anywhere else where the waterways are small, the water is swift and at times shallow, and canoeing varies with the seasons. It’s a guide to safe, comfortable recreation for those who already canoe a little and want to know more, as well as for people experienced in canoeing on lakes or on the more predictable rivers described in other canoeing books. Woodlands Canoeing outlines the advantages of various kinds of equipment and describes canoeing and camping techniques in words, photos, and drawings, mixing practical information with anecdotes drawn from Sparkman’s years of family canoeing. Throughout, Sparkman concentrates on having fun, even when the expected summer shower becomes the tail of a hurricane or the canoe has to be inched over rocky shallows where only a few days earlier there was plenty of water. Keeping warm, dry, and well fed are crucial to Sparkman’s pleasure, and Woodlands Canoeing contains hints for packing, instructions for making camp, and recipes for delicious and satisfying meals. Because of the region’s volatile climate and variable water conditions, Sparkman has learned how to canoe delightfully in all weathers, and in Woodlands Canoeing he passes his hard-won knowledge along. An enthusiastic winter canoeist, he even explains how to achieve this feat safely and — believe it or not — in comfort.

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    Roscoe, Bruce
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    Windows on Japan is a deeply insightful commentary that alternates chapters of physical travel with travel through perception about Japan, and challenges the logic of much Western thought about the country that perplexes as much as it pleases. The author walked a route that connects the ports of Niigata and Yokohama and from these windows on the world considers perceptions of people and place. He also assesses the effect of Japan on writers from Jonathan Swift to Oscar Wilde, Shirley MacLaine and Paul Theroux with surprising results. The trading entity that wraps its tentacles around the globe, converses in most languages and understands most customs, is perceptive and urbane and none appears more capable or cosmopolitan. Yet the individuals who inhabit these islands take refuge in their language as a private habitat, resent intrusions and are captured by a cultural particularism that distances them from others. The author discusses this paradox, as well as environmental and linguistic issues and topics of history and literature. Along the way, he lifts a veil on the life of a snow country geisha, discusses current events with a priest and a reporter, and takes advice on becoming a Japanese. Though he is understood, it is only on return visits to places he has come to love that he wins acceptance. Notes on music delightfully enrich the narrative.

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    Shields, Sandra
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    On the wild river that divides Namibia from Angola, members of the Himba tribe herd cattle as they have done for hundreds of years. But the world of the Himba sits in the shadow of third-world development and the inevitability of change that threatens their way of life; now, they are more likely to attend evangelical church services, congregate around the liquor trader's truck, and pose for tourists' photographs. Sandra Shields and David Campion spent two months living with the Himba, and this book, a provocative melding of photography and narrative, tells of the profound changes in the lives of the Himba-both gradual and immediate-which echo those effecting indigenous people around the world. Includes more than one hundred black and white -photographs. David Campion and Sandra Shields met in South Africa, married a year later, and have collaborated for over a decade. Sandra has written for publications including Geist and The Globe and Mail, and David's photographs have appeared in publications and exhibitions in Canada, Europe, and Africa. PHOTOGRAPHY + TEXT = PARALLAX Parallax, a new series of books from Arsenal Pulp Press, explore the far reaches of the modern world, proposing new perspectives on how we see ourselves through the eyes and the words of our most intriguing photographers and writers.

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    Allison, Peter
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    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top -safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry -elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals-herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!Join Allison as he faces down charging lions-twice; searches for a drunk, half-naked tourist who happens to be a member of the British royal family; drives a Land Rover full of tourists into a lagoon full of hippos; and adopts the most -vicious animal in Africa as his "pet." Full of lively humor and a genuine love and respect for Botswana and its rich wildlife, Whatever You Do, Don't Run takes you to where the wild things are and introduces you to a place where every day is a new adventure!

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    Ward, Tim, Davis, Wade
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    The 20th Anniversary Edition of the bestselling classic with a new foreword by Wade Davis. "Tim’s journeys took him not only to Asia, but into an inner world of spirit and faith. He has lived on the streets of India, pursued the Dharma in Himalayan monasteries, and joined the community of monks at Wat Pah Nanachat in the jungles of Thailand – a commitment detailed with such humour, honesty and grace in What the Buddha Never Taught". – Wade Davis, author of The Wayfinders, from the new foreword. There is a place in the jungles of northeastern Thailand where Westerners can live according to the monastic rules laid down over 2,500 years ago by the Buddha. Author and journalist Tim Ward sought enlightenment and spent a season in this unique Buddhist monastery-one of the strictest in Southeast Asia. His affectionate "behind the robes" book about the rigors and foibles of monastic life at Wat Pah Nanchat has become a modern Buddhist classic. How does a monk handle coming face to face with a cobra coiled behind a toilet door? Can Mr. Chicago - a former real estate tycoon - really find liberation in a 10" X 10" wooden hut? How does a would-be-monk manage to meditate with the incessant clouds of mosquitoes hovering overhead, when the precepts prohibit killing all sentient beings? And how do Tim and the others react when Thai villagers put a Mars Bar in their begging bowls? By turns humorous, iconoclastic and inspiring, What the Buddha Never Taught was a best seller in Canada, a Book of the month selection in the US, and has been translated into five languages, and used as a university text for classes in Asian and Religious studies.

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    Isitt, Geraint
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    Alberta is the land of big skies, big dreams and sometimes just plain big, weird things. For example, the province is home to the world's largest manmade waterfall, the world's largest beaver, a gopher museum where stuffed rodents are dressed up like people,a complete mock-up of the Starship Enterprise and a Star Trek station, and a stretch of highway specially designed to help salamanders cross the road.

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    Paquet, Laura Byrne
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    Where did passports come from? Why did 1930s stewardesses carry wrenches? And how did teetotalers shape the modern vacation? Wanderlust answers these questions and more, as author Laura Byrne Paquet delves into the social history of travel. Now a multi-billion dollar industry, travel is also one of the world's oldest. Paquet follows hypochondriac Greeks to the Oracle of Delphi, checks out the bedbugs in medieval coaching inns, enjoys a Finnish sauna with a group of well-bred Victorian ladies, and relaxes on a transatlantic liner with some of England's Bright Young Things from the 1920s. In breezy style, she explains the difference between a traveller and a tourist and explores the future of travel, from grand plans for commercial space travel to underwater hotels. As the book reveals, we've always loved to travel -- the only thing that keeps changing is how we get from here to there.

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    Badkhen, Anna
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    In Walking with Abel, Anna Badkhen embeds herself with a family of Fulani cowboys--nomadic herders--as they embark on their annual migration across the Sahel grasslands, accompanied by the tales that ground their past and safeguard their future.

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    Wood, Levison
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    Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison Wood recounts the beauty and danger he found as he trekked more than one thousand miles across the roof of the world. Walking the Himalayas is the story of one intrepid man's travels in a world poised on the edge of change.

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    Frutkin, Mark
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    From Istanbul to New Delhi to Boulder, Colorado, through Venice, Paris, Rome, and points between. As travellers, we are always walking backwards, forever on the verge of stepping into the unknown, never knowing what waits around the next corner. You could be lost, forget your passport, fall ill. You could be served a bowl of food and not know whether it’s animal, vegetable, or mineral. Even flushing the toilet can be an adventure. You are a child again, innocent and hoping for the best, forced to trust strangers. Quite often this works out. Not always. Walking Backwards is a return to 10 cities and what happened there. Whether inadvertently smuggling cloth into Istanbul, reading poetry in New Delhi to a crowd expecting a world-famous pianist, or wandering endlessly through Mantua searching for a non-existent hotel on a street that’s fallen off the map, Mark Frutkin is a master at rediscovering the magic at the heart of all travel.

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    Ruiz, Ana
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    Almost a thousand years ago, when most of Europe was just edging out of the Dark Ages, the South of Spain was a brilliant center of world culture, a site of splendor and a magnet for the talented and ambitious from all around the Mediterranean, the Near East and beyond. Andalusia, or Andalucia, was a beacon that attracted intellectuals, artists and inventors. In the days before Isabel and Ferdinand (and the Inquisition), the indigenous culture of Spain was enriched by the artistic, scholarly, technical and commercial contributions of Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Jews and Gypsies. Even under the Catholic Monarchs, these diverse influences continued to add spice to a vibrant society evolving under the generous rays of the sun. Written with verve and personality, this book is based in part on the author's personal research in Spain and France and her interviews with celebrated dancers, musicians and others. Topics include early settlers, the Moors, the grandeur of Al-Andalus, Gypsies, the music and dance of Flamenco and Zambra, the individual provinces of the region, Arabisms in the language today and, of course, the delicious Paella. Sites of historic and cultural interest are identified and described, including the best venues for Flamenco performances, historical monuments from the Alhambra to less famous fortresses, fountains and places of worship, markets and scenic outlooks. The text is illustrated by many photographs and original artwork, with footnotes, bibliography and an index.

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    Hodgman, John
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    Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn't seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now. Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them. Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god. Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are.

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    Cobb, Mo Duffy
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    Unpacked is the inspiring story of a mother in search of herself, a husband and wife fighting for a marriage, a young daughter who rises from confusion, and the scenes and revelations that bring Mo out of her paralyzing grief and into the perspective of a new world."I hadn’t always been lost, but Prince Edward Island had suddenly become too small for my grief. My grief needed the whole world. It needed isolation. It needed inspiration. It needed something to change, something to be released. It needed an answer."In 2008, Maureen and Mitch Cobb took drastic action in the wake of the stillbirth death of their second child, Tya. They packed up two-year-old Leila and set out on a journey through Southeast Asia, a trip of courage, love, and, ultimately, redemption. They left their small town in the Maritimes to fill the silence of their grief with the noisy spice markets of Bali, the crashing waves of the Philippines, and the golden surrenders of Borneo’s hot sun. Through twelve countries and nine months, in the chaos of difficult travel plans and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this young family begins to find acceptance in the humanity that surrounds them, the inspiration in each other to continue, and the courage to come back from their complicated grief.

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    Hussenet, Emmanuel
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    L'île Hans a fait l'actualité internationale, en 2010, lorsque le Danemark et le Canada en ont revendiqué tour à tour la possession. Pourquoi cette dispute à propos d'un rocher désert d'à peine un kilomètre carré situé au 80e parallèle ? Pour les ressources pétrolières qui s'y trouvent ! Parti en kayak rejoindre cette île qui n'appartient en réalité qu'au silence et au blizzard, le journaliste Emmanuel Hussenet raconte son incroyable périple dans le froid extrême et les glaces dérivantes. Il constate qu'à cause du réchauffement climatique, l'océan Arctique est maintenant en partie navigable. Mais ce changement entraînera d'autres conséquences : les courants marins ralentiront, l'oxygène dans l'eau se raréfiera – au détriment des poissons –, et les mers gonfleront jusqu'à atteindre un niveau catastrophique pour les populations côtières. Cependant, rien n'est encore perdu. Un audacieux projet de géo-ingénierie pourrait faire de l'île Hans une sorte de thermostat planétaire et ainsi sauver l'Arctique.

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    Couture, Jacques, Therrien, Joanne, Poliquin, Laurent, Le Gall, Huguette
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    Voici le récit d’une fabuleuse histoire, empreinte de courage et de détermination et dont le parcours dépasse les frontières de l’imagination. Une Buick pour Mackenzie tente de suivre, on the road, le parcours effectué en canot par Alexander Mackenzie et son équipage de Voyageurs, durant l’été de 1793. Mackenzie est le premier Européen à explorer le passage du Nord-Ouest canadien, en vue d’ouvrir cet immense territoire au commerce et à l’exploration. À l’aide d’une mythique Buick, Jacques Couture nous entraîne sur les 8 000 kilomètres qui séparent le poste de traite de Lachine en banlieue de Montréal au Québec, à Bella Coola en Colombie-Britannique.Autant d’espace pour revivre l’histoire des pionniers de l’Ouest canadien et de se replonger dans le voyage de sa propre vie. Par une architecture textuelle à plusieurs niveaux, à la fois historique et très personnelle, l’auteur nous entraîne dans une odyssée hors du commun, dans l’univers fascinant des Voyageurs.

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    Valiquette, France
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    Près d’un feu, France, vous invite à venir vous asseoir avec elle, et de fermer les yeux. À travers le crépitement des flammes, avec sa voix douce et chaude, laissez-là vous bercer par les mystères de la brousse de cet endroit unique au monde… Il décide de se coucher et de fermer les yeux durant quelques minutes et puis le lion relève la tête et son regard se tourne vers moi. Je descends mon appareil photo et je glisse mes yeux dans les siens avec le profond désir de communiquer avec lui. Je ne pourrais pas vous dire combien de temps cela a duré, mais ces minutes d’éternité ont été les plus intenses de ma vie. La magie s’est évanouie quand mon guide, a chuchoté à mon oreille : France, ne fais pas de gestes brusques, si tu le fixes dans les yeux, il va penser que tu le défies …

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    Trudeau, Alexandre
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    Depuis l’enfance, Alexandre Trudeau est fasciné par la Chine. Il retrace ici pour nous ses pérégrinations dans ce pays qui est synonyme de démesure et brosse un portrait saisissant de la Chine contemporaine, sans doute le plus grand laboratoire où se dessine l’avenir de l’humanité.

    Au cours des dernières années, l’auteur a fait de nombreux voyages dans l’Empire du Milieu. Il y a rencontré des artistes et des travailleurs migrants, des citadins et des agriculteurs. Souvent accompagné par Vivien, une jeune journaliste chinoise, il explore la réalité d’existences prises au piège entre la Chine de nos souvenirs et celle que bouleverse la poussée du progrès. La Chine qu’il cherche se révèle par bribes. C’est la flamme d’une bougie qui s’oppose à la lumière crue de la modernité. Chacun des êtres qu’il croise dévoile une parcelle du secret, et chaque révélation nous désarçonne, vient nous arracher à nos idées préconçues, nous oblige à remettre en question nos certitudes les mieux établies.

    C’est avec une grande finesse et une grande perspicacité qu’Alexandre Trudeau décrit les changements que vit la Chine en ce moment, en même temps qu’il jette un regard rétrospectif sur l’histoire de cette société encore soumise à des codes rigides et profondément ancrés. En partageant le quotidien d’hommes et de femmes qui incarnent la Chine nouvelle, il apporte un éclairage neuf sur toute une société, comme seul un voyageur doublé d’un conteur hors pair peut le faire.

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