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Barry Lopez is the author of sixteen books and has been honored by a number of institutions for his literary, humanitarian, and environmental work. He lives in Oregon.


"At once reverie and urgent appeal, Horizon is beautiful and brutal-a story of the universal human condition, set in some of the most distinctive places on earth."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Epic. . . . The crowning achievement of a legendary scribe."
-Outside Magazine

"Sublime, dreamlike. . . . Lopez is a welcoming host as he brings you across the world."

"Literary journalism, memoir and travelogue: so compelling it deserves its own genre."
-The Washington Post

"Extraordinary. . . . A capacious blend of popular science, travel writing and autobiography."
-The Wall Street Journal

"A contemporary epic. . . . Superb . . . challenging and symphonic; a beautiful book, 35 years in the writing, but still speaking to the present moment."
-The Guardian

"An interrogative autobiography. . . . In Horizon, Lopez is remapping the world, revisiting places of surprising starkness and beauty, bring[ing] enormous questions down to earth by rooting them in a series of landscapes."
-Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Review of Books

"Part autobiography, part cri de coeur . . . Lopez writes with fervid wonder and fascination about all he's seen and experienced."
-The Atlantic

"A touchstone author whose nonfiction and fiction alike have inspired artists in multiple disciplines. . . . Lopez's visionary descriptions of landscapes are startling in their immediacy."
-The Seattle Times

"Subtle, monumental, rich, spare: this opus by acclaimed writer Lopez contains and transcends contradictions."

"Lopez is a master of the big question. . . . He writes with transporting precision."
-Christian Science Monitor

"Epic. . . . Lopez is a thoughtful and careful curator, sweeping the planet to understand not only its topography but also the cultural geography of humans and the relationship between the two.
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

"An essential voice in American writing. Barry Lopez's stories of inquiry and discovery are gloriously riveting, bringing the reader into a research boat, an archaeological site, a night-tent conversation, water forty feet under the edge of an ice shelf. At each place where he turns his eye and mind, something is learned of existence's richness and meaning. A master work. This book is a map to treasures everywhere buried."
-Jane Hirshfield

"I am astonished by this book, and delighted by its deep musicality. The scope and depth of Horizon are staggering-it is symphonic in scale and tone, and as contrapuntal as a Bach fugue.
-John Luther Adams, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer

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