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The Snow Leopard was the Winner of the National Book Award in 2004
“ Stunning . . . Fiercely felt and magnificently written.”
Post Book World
“ A magical book, a kind of lunar paradigm and map of
—Jim Harrison, The Nation
In the autumn of 1973, the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of
zoologist George Schaller on a hike that would take them 250 miles into the
heart of the Himalayan region of Dolpo, "the last enclave of pure Tibetan
culture on earth." Their voyage was in quest of one of the world's most elusive
big cats, the snow leopard of high Asia, a creature so rarely spotted as to be
nearly mythical; Schaller was one of only two Westerners known to have seen a
snow leopard in the wild since 1950.
Published in 1978, The Snow Leopard is rightly regarded as a classic
of modern nature writing. Guiding his readers through steep-walled canyons and
over tall mountains, Matthiessen offers a narrative that is shot through with
metaphor and mysticism, and his arduous search for the snow leopard becomes a
vehicle for reflections on all manner of matters of life and death. In the
process, The Snow Leopard evolves from an already exquisite book of
natural history and travel into a grand, Buddhist-tinged parable of our search
for meaning. By the end of their expedition, having seen wolves, foxes, rare
mountain sheep, and other denizens of the Himalayas, and having seen many signs
of the snow leopard but not the cat itself, Schaller muses, "We've seen so much,
maybe it's better if there are some things that we don't see."
About the Author
PETER MATTHIESSEN is the award–winning author
of numerous works of nonfiction, including The Tree Where Man Was Born,
and fiction, including At Play in the Fields of the Lord.
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