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Born in England and based in western Japan for thirty-two years, author and journalist Pico Iyer talks about the changes, the changelessness and the paradoxes of his adopted home, as reflected in his recent works Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells and A Beginner’s Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations.
Pico Iyer is an essayist and novelist, often known for his travel writing. He was born in Oxford, England, to parents from India, raised in California and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard. Since 1987 he has been based in Western Japan, while traveling everywhere from Bhutan to Easter Island, North Korea to Los Angeles Airport. Apart from the two novels and ten works of non-fiction he has published - from Video Night in Kathmandu, and The Lady and the Monk to The Global Soul, and The Art of Stillness he has written the introductions to more than fifty other books, as well as screenplays, librettos and many liner-notes for Leonard Cohen. He speaks regularly everywhere from West Point to Davos and Shanghai to Bogota and his four talks for TED have received more than nine million views so far.
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