The Art of Patience

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‘The Art of Patience’ sees the renowned French adventurer and writer Sylvain Tesson undertake an expedition to the mountains of Tibet in search of the famously elusive snow leopard. After the publication of ‘The Consolations of the Forest’ (2014), Sylvain Tesson had a devastating climbing accident that broke far too many bones in his body. A year later, determined to walk himself back to health, he set off on the backroads of France from the Piedmont to Brittany. Then in 2018, in the footsteps of the admired American writer Peter Matthiessen, he undertook a far more ambitious, far more testing journey: to learn the art of patience, waiting for the snow leopard to appear – no small challenge for a man who all his life has sought to beat time by outrunning it.

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Winner of the Prix Renaudot 2019

‘Extraordinarily beautiful? a long last loving glance at the planet.’ Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild

The Art of Patience sees the renowned French adventurer and writer set off for the high plateaux of remotest Tibet in search of the elusive snow leopard. There, in the company of leading wildlife photographer Vincent Munier and two companions, at 5,000 metres and in temperatures of -25ºC, the team set up their hides on exposed mountainsides, and occasionally in the luxury of an icy cave, to await a visitation from the almost mythical beast.

This tightly focused and tautly written narrative is simultaneously a dazzling account of an exacting journey, an apprenticeship in the art of patience, an acceptance of the ruthlessness of the natural world and, finally, a plea for ecological sanity.

A small masterpiece, it is one of those books that demands to be read again and again.

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Weight 0.328 kg
Dimensions 22.5 × 14.6 × 1.65 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

176

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

915.1504612 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K