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Under Something of a Cloud

 
Dom Moraes (Author)
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Under Something of a Cloud spans a lifetime of Dom Moraes’ work to select the very best of his travel writing. Featured in this volume is a vividly recollected childhood tour of Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and Australia with his father, Frank Moraes, and his mother, Beryl, who was then rapidly sliding into madness; a darkly comic account of a trip to the Sikkim-Tibet border, amidst rumours that the Chinese would soon attack India; and a thrilling adventure among the Dani tribe in Indonesia who, at that time, were reputed to be cannibals.

Also included here are Moraes’ sojourns among dacoits in the Chambal valley, one of whom, Lacchi, he helped spring from police custody; the account of a heartwrenching meeting with a man in Bhagalpur in Bihar who had acid poured into his eyes by the police; and encounters with women victims in Ahmedabad, soon after the riots in 2002, which left him shattered.

With a keen sense for atmosphere, colour, understated wit and unfailing empathy for the underdog, Dom Moraes brings to life people and places like few other writers anywhere can. Not only will fans of the author love Under Something of a Cloud, it will also appeal to readers of world-class travel writing and connoisseurs of timeless prose.

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About the author

Dom Moraes

Dom Moraes was born in Bombay in 1938. In 1954, he met Stephen Spender and Karl Shapiro, both famous poets who edited literary magazines. Spender published his poems in Encounter and Shapiro in Poetry Chicago. At Oxford University he received criticism and praise from W.H. Auden and Allen Tate. Still an undergraduate, he published his first book of poetry, A Beginning, which was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Literature. Reviewing the book, Edwin Muir said that it ‘had remarkable maturity and the promise of greatness’. After leaving Oxford, Dom became a well-known journalist and foreign correspondent. He covered the Eichmann trial, as well as wars in Algeria, Israel, and Vietnam. He traveled to some of the more remote and dangerous parts of the world. In later life he was employed as a literary consultant by the United Nations agency UNFPA. His early poetry showed a natural lyrical talent allied to precocious technical skill. As his perceptions deepened and his subject matter acquired more range, he developed a remarkable mastery over his art. He has published ten volumes of verse, two books of translation from Hebrew poetry, and over twenty works of prose. Dom Moraes lives in Mumbai.

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Title Under Something of a Cloud
Author Dom Moraes
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.01.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Speaking Tiger
Language: English
isbn 9789388326650
length 236p.
Subjects Travel & Tourism