• Image of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
  • Image of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
  • Image of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
  • Image of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

This is an iconic book, it would fit in the 'cult' section of bookshops - which is where all the shoplifters go... there and the art section....
It is the story of grief, extremes and beauty - Matthiessen went in search for the rare snow leopard - and it becomes a pilgrimage. Some of the words on the back cover with which I concur - enchantment, magnificent, radiant, spiritual apprentice...
This is also a cult book, published first in 1979 this is a solidly bound, 1980 Picador... I love these Picadors of the eighties and nineties... the Picador spinner in the first bookshop I worked in (Mary Martins back in the early nineties) was one of my favourite spots in the shop - and many of those purchases with my first bookseller discount (woooheeee) are still on my shelves today. Except the one about Elizabeth Nietsche's commune in Uruguay... or was it Paraguay.... I regret not getting that.
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