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Without Ever Reaching the Summit by Paolo Cognetti (Author)

Without Ever Reaching the Summit: A Himalayan Journey

Paolo Cognetti (Author)

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Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 20 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781787302273

An awestruck love letter to one of the most spectacular places on earth, from the author of international bestseller The Eight Mountains Paolo Cognetti marked his 40th birthday with a journey he had always wanted to make: to Dolpo, a remote Himalayan region where Nepal meets Tibet.

4 stars out of 5
7 Nov 2020

"(a) short but captivating travelogue "

Cognetti’s recent Himalayan expedition was both a pilgrimage to the wonderful otherness and formidable beauty of Dolpo’s landscapes, and also a literary journey in search of its older celebrated text. There was a further factor cementing the centrality of Matthiessen’s book in Cognetti’s world, because he was born in the year it was published (1978). Both have thus reached that crucial mid-point which leaves them ripe for retrospection: the 40th birthday.