What awaits us beyond the boundaries of death? What mysterious landscape, what punishing terrain? In this powerful novella, Paul Park submits some answers, alternately menacing and absurd.
Encountering an ape-man in the mountains of North India, and then returning to America to experience the death of his old mentor Jim Carbone, our narrator finds himself dangerously susceptible to the attractions of the afterlife. When Jim passes away, our young man follows him to bring him back, entering a harsh borderland of high mountains, lunatic monasteries, evil instincts, totalitarian coercion, incomprehensible cities, fascist police, and beautiful women. In the end, his only chance of finding his way home lies with his friend, who has receded away from him, and yet is still able to dispatch a messenger to help him one last time.
Park is the acclaimed author of Soldiers of Paradise and Three Marys.Written with all of his customary imagination, poetry, and humour, No Traveller Returns is an exciting, meditative masterpiece, in which the impossible achieves its final triumph over the improbable.
Hardcover, published in this limited editin of 300 by PS Publishing UK, this is copy number 106, and is double signed to the limitation page by Elizabeth Hand ( who wrote the introduction) and by paul Park.
Dustjacket by Edward Miller. Fine, as new.