ULTIMATE JOURNEY; Retracing the path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. First Edition. Cloth and boards. Small quarto (9 1/2" x 6 1/2"), light brown quarter cloth with silver lettering on spine over pale yellow boards, archival mylar-protected photographic dust jacket (unclipped) with image of Buddha's footprints, Index, 352 pages +  A Note About the Author / A Note on the Type. Weight: 1 lb. 9 oz. Very Fine / Fine. Item #9305
Richard Bernstein (born 1944) is an American journalist, columnist, and author. He wrote the Letter from America column for the International Herald Tribune. He has been a book critic at The New York Times and a foreign correspondent --who speaks Chinese--for both Time magazine and The New York Times in Europe and Asia.
Six hundred years before Marco Polo made his way to China, the learned Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang-- in order to learn more about his faith and ultimate truth-- traveled 12,000 miles on foot with some on horseback from China to Southern India, a journey that took this sage 17 years. Learned Sinologist Richard Bernstein retraces as much of the monk's route as possible. It's a clear and remarkable travelogue.
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