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Then & There, The Travel Writing of James Salter

By |2020-04-11T00:19:53+02:00April 1st, 2006|Books, Recent Reviews|

By James Salter

Shoemaker & Hoard, 2005. 226 pages.


he underrated James Salter (born James Horowitz) is among the great American prose stylists of the last 50 years. In this collection of travel writing, mostly from the 1980s, Salter focuses on his beloved rural France with side-trips to the Austrian Alps, Italy, and Colorado. Salter’s prose is best described as poetic Hemingway: detailed, direct, and lyrical.

In introducing the killing fields at Verdun, he writes: “One hinge of the twentieth century turned at a drab provincial town in France where the principal industry was sugared almonds.” Acuity and rhetorical surprise make reading Salter a must.

About the Author:

Christopher P. Winner is a veteran American journalist and essayist who was born in Paris in 1953 and has lived in Europe for more than 30 years.