The Ends of the Earth

The Ends of the Earth

Roger Willemsen


Non-fiction, Travel






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(Paperback | ISBN 9789385288500 | 504 pages | July 2015)


A lifelong traveller with an admitted ‘predilection for unlovely things’, Roger Willemsen has tramped over five continents in search of the ends of the earth. Some are literally that—geographical and topographical extremities like the Cape of Good Hope, the Himalaya, the volcanoes of Kamchatka, and the North Pole. Other endpoints take Willemsen’s psychological endurance to breaking point—the foetid warrens of a Mumbai brothel; a deathbed vigil in a hospital ward in Minsk, Belarus; an afternoon spent under Luca Signorelli’s fresco, The Last Judgement, in Orvieto, Italy, in a futile wait for a lover. And, through this series of remarkable sketches, Willemsen manages to reach for another kind of end, cathartic and healing—an end to love and lust, to illusions, to order and understanding.

A brilliantly conceived and utterly original travelogue, The Ends of the Earth is as much an exploration of landscapes and geographies as it is of the psyche. This volume is perfect for every kind of traveler.

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About the author

Roger Willemsen

Roger Willemsen is a German author, foreign correspondent and broadcaster. His work has been recognized through the Adolf Grimme Award, the Rinke Prize and the Julius Campe Award. Five of his books have featured on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list in Germany and he is an honorary professor of literature at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

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