TUE—April 4—12 PM ET, free
*This event will take place online*
This April, join us for a virtual discussion with bestselling Norwegian author Erika Fatland (The Border and Sovietistan) on her epic new book High: A Journey Across the Himalaya, Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China, out now from Pegasus Books!
The Himalaya weaves through five very different countries, where the world religions of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are mixed with ancient shamanic religions. Countless languages and vastly different cultures live in the secluded mountain valleys; modernity and tradition collide, and great powers fight for influence. We often read about mountain climbers traversing their way up Mount Everest, and about travelers on spiritual quests at Buddhist monasteries. But how much do we know about the people living in the Himalaya?
In today’s program, Fatland will discuss this captivating new travelogue, which invites us into her close encounters with the many peoples of the region while also taking us on a dizzying, high-altitude trip through incredible landscapes and their dramatic, unknown histories.
The event will take place via Zoom. Registration is required; please sign up at the link above.
“Fatland is a sensitive and insightful chronicler of quotidian lives and a compelling narrator of her extraordinary journey” (The Observer).
About the Author
Erika Fatland studied Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Her 2011 book, The Village of Angels, was an in situ report on the Beslan terror attacks of 2004, and she is also the author of The Year Without Summer, describing the harrowing year that followed the massacre on Utøya in 2011.
For Sovietistan (2019) she was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford/Lonely Planet Debut Travel Writer of the Year, and The Border (2020) was shortlisted for the Stanford’s Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2020. Both are available from Pegasus Books. She speaks eight languages and lives in Oslo with her husband.