Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

“Profoundly haunting and fearless… Dyer’s trademark wit and uniqueness surround you… His very best.” Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review

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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

“A career-best performance from one of England’s greatest (if most reluctant) novelists.” Sunday Telegraph

In Venice, with the Biennale in full swing, disillusioned hack writer Jeff Atman meets a beautiful woman and they embark on a passionate affair.

In Varanasi, a man searching amid the chaos of India for something lost joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the Holy Ganges. He intends to stay for a few days but ends up remaining for months, gradually letting go of everything he has known.

“Dyer delights in producing books that are unique, like keys… Original, affecting. [Full of] wonderful observations, pungent and funny.” James Wood, The New Yorker

“A haunting, if frequently hilarious, meditation on love and art, life and music, death and bananas, all reflected and refracted in the twinned mirror pools of Venice and Varanasi. I loved this book.” Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End

Winner of the 2009 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Best Comic Novel

A New York Times Notable Book

A Best Book of the Year: The Economist, The New Yorker, Time, San Francisco Chronicle,

First published: UK,  Canongate, 2009; US,  Pantheon, 2009

Current paperback editions: UK, Canongate, US, Vintage

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From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.

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Forewords & Afterwords

Geoff Dyer introduces this survey of Jacob Holdt’s photographs of America in the 1970s.

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As Editor

When William Gedney died in 1989 at the age of 56 he was little known except to a few colleagues and curators. This book, co-edited by Geoff Dyer, reveals Gedney’s remarkable photographs as well as writings by him.

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