From the acclaimed author of Wild at Heart and Night People comes an innovative and exquisitely nuanced work written in the form of a classical Japanese "pillow book"—a collection of short tales grouped around a central theme. The result is an almost Zen-like tour through—and beyond—the realm of the senses.
In print for the first time in 15 years, Landscape with Traveler was the first full-length novel by Gifford. It lays bare the themes that have marked his lifelong career: gay issues; a winsome, Beat-inspired frenzy of love; the generation-defining crossroads in American history. Written as the protagonist's diary, and structured as three acclaimed short novels bound into one volume, the book recounts the deep friendship between a middle-aged gay man and a young straight man through vignette-like entries, all the while tracing a history of US.
Barry Gifford is the author of over twenty-five books. His work includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and screenplays and has been translated into more than seventeen languages. His novel, Wild at Heart was made into an award winning film by David Lynch. It was the first of six interlocking novels which follow the crazy adventures of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, referred to as "the most likeable, sex-driven, star-crossed lovers that you are ever likely to meet." Gifford's writing has appeared in many national magazines and newspapers and his books have received awards from PEN,
"Landscape with Traveler is a novel with character. The tone is so light and airy it achieves its own separate sense of time...beautifully refined without sacrificing wit or warmth. It's a delight." --The Boston Sunday Globe "For reminding us so artfully of the difficult simplicities, reminding us of what we already know, [the protagonist] Francis Reeves will become part of our landscape." --Washington Post Book World
"Landscape with Traveler is a major accomplishment, a small profound novel that will leave the reader utterly affected. Barry Gifford has created a small masterpiece." --San Francisco Bay Guardian