We Need an Elsewhere That Doesn't Exist. Re-Enchanting Travels

Original title: Nous avons besoin d’un ailleurs qui n’existe pas. Réenchanter le voyage

Author: Azema, Lucie

Publication Date:

September 2024

Pages:

240

Original language and publisher

French | Allary Editions

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Genres

Narrative Non-Fiction, Travel & Adventure

We Need an Elsewhere That Doesn't Exist. Re-Enchanting Travels

Original title: Nous avons besoin d’un ailleurs qui n’existe pas. Réenchanter le voyage

Author: Azema, Lucie

Synopsis

The appeal of far-away places was born in geographers’ offices and books. We created dreams on maps, populating them with imaginary islands and fantastical creatures. The ambition was to come up against the limits of the known world, then to go beyond them, to venture beyond.

We were looking for the Garden of Eden. We went up the Nile, believing that paradise had its source there; we went deeper into the Amazon to find El Dorado, or the city of Z.

Lucie Azema tells us about the intimate links between utopia and travel at a time when the world is shrinking, where borders are rising, thus reducing our horizon.

She travels through History, to Antiquity and then, from Turkey to Kathmandu, takes the route of the sixties, that of the hippies who are sometimes criticized today. But they are the ones who democratized travel and showed that departure for a real country was also, and perhaps above all, for a dream country.

The inner worlds and the worlds physically crossed are deeply linked, respond and nourish each other, to the point of defining our intimate territories. This is the essence of travel, the promise of a greater space of freedom.