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  • Published: 6 February 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099771111
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $17.99

The Snow Leopard


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'Matthiessen's book is a triumph that will outlive him. It is a masterpiece' John Hillaby

'In 1973 [Matthiessen] journeyed with George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wild blue sheep of the region called bharal. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. Matthiessen is a student of Zen Buddhism and for him this was as much an inner journey as a field trip. He succeeds well in blending the spiritual with the earthly and his book is an evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people' Sunday Times

  • Pub date: 6 February 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099771111
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Author

Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen was a naturalist, explorer and writer. His works of fiction include At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Far Tortuga and the acclaimed 'Watson Trilogy'. His explorations resulted in many fine works of non-fiction, among them The Snow Leopard, The Cloud Forest and The Tree where Man was Born. He died in 2014, aged 86.

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Praise for The Snow Leopard

“A beautiful book, and worthy of the mountains he is among”

Paul Theroux

“What began as a practical search for the rare snow leopard, revered Buddhist emblem, developed into a quest for the meaning of Being. An enjoyable combination of mountaineering and mysticism”

Observer

“It's a tale of an inner struggle for calm, and would be an inspiring and sustaining desert island companion”

Emily Barr

“As much the chronicle of an inner journey as it is the learned recording of an unfamiliar territory...a timeless account”

Independent

“An evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people”

Sunday Times

“A magical book: a kind of lunar paradigm and map of the sacred-The book has transcended the usual limits of language”

Jim Harrison, Nation


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