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Book Title: The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World|
The author of the book: Julian Hoffman
ISBN 13: 9780820345567
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 882 KB
Edition: University of Georgia Press
Date of issue: October 15th 2013
Read full description of the books The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World:In The Small Heart of Things, Julian Hoffman intimately examines the myriad ways in which connections to the natural world can be deepened through an equality of perception, whether it’s a caterpillar carrying its house of leaves, transhumant shepherds ranging high mountain pastures, a quail taking cover on an empty steppe, or a Turkmen family emigrating from Afghanistan to Istanbul. The narrative spans the common—and often contested—ground that supports human and natural communities alike, seeking the unsung stories that sustain us.
Guided by the belief of Rainer Maria Rilke that “everything beckons us to perceive it,” Hoffman explores the area around the Prespa Lakes, the first transboundary park in the Balkans, shared by Greece, Albania, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From there he travels widely to regions rarely written about, exploring the idea that home is wherever we happen to be if we accord that place our close and patient attention.
The Small Heart of Things is a book about looking and listening. It incorporates travel and natural history writing that interweaves human stories with those of wild creatures. Distinguished by Hoffman’s belief that through awareness, curiosity, and openness we have the potential to forge abiding relationships with a range of places, it illuminates how these many connections can teach us to be at home in the world.
Read information about the authorJulian Hoffman lives beside the Prespa Lakes in northern Greece, monitoring birds in upland areas where wind farms have been built or proposed. His writing often explores the relationships that exist between humans and the natural world, and the stories to be found when we open ourselves to the places around us. The Small Heart of Things was selected by Terry Tempest Williams as the winner of the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction, described by her as a "tapestry of embodied stories...a book of faith in the natural histories of community." Along with winning the 2011 Terrain.org Nonfiction Prize, other writing of his has recently appeared in Kyoto Journal, EarthLines, Silk Road Review and Cold Mountain Review.
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