Join us as we celebrate the latest project from beloved writer Jan-Philipp Sendker, author of the international bestseller The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and the highly praised sequel A Well-Tempered Heart. In The Long Path to Wisdom: Tales from Burma, Sendker and his colleagues Lorie Karnath and Jonathan Sendker bring to life a collection of ancient folk tales from Burma, granting a glimpse into the soul of its people.
Sendker and his colleagues collected the four dozen stories in The Long Path to Wisdom over visits to Burma spanning the last twenty years. Here, Sendker employs his knack for storytelling to imbue these narratives with life. Able to be enjoyed by adults and children alike, The Long Path to Wisdom incorporates tragic tales of lost children and lost love, of failed revenge and eternal suffering, but also of faith rewarded, justice, love, and happy ever after. Sometimes the lessons they convey are clear, others, more subtle, or some even crafted with a simple humor. While many of the stories will be unfamiliar, readers of folk stories such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer, and even the wildly popular children’s story Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, will be delighted at what they recognize in Burmese stories, not just in the plots, but in the underlying wisdom they strive to impart. The world portrayed in The Long Path to Wisdom manages to be foreign yet familiar, and also wholly absorbing, ultimately revealing that there is far more uniting than dividing us.
About Jan-Philipp Sendker
Jan-Philipp Sendker was born in Hamburg in 1960. He was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Wall, a nonfiction book about China. His first novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (Other Press), is an international bestseller, and the sequel, A Well-Tempered Heart (Other Press), appeared in 2013. His third novel in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats trilogy is set to be published in 2019. He lives in Berlin with his family.
About the in-conversation partners
Jonathan Sendker spent a gap year in Myanmar, traveling, doing volunteer work and collecting stories for this book. Upon his return home, he assisted in compiling and formulating the manuscript. Jonathan now studies Liberal Arts & Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Lorie Karnath is an author, explorer, lecturer. She was the 37th president of The Explorers Club, and founded The Explorers Museum, a not for profit entity dedicated to preserving and fostering exploration and discovery. She has written numerous books and articles on the sciences, exploration and the arts.
Please note there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good towards anything in store at WORD, including The Long Path to Wisdom. Please note that if you purchase the book from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase a voucher for admission.
From the author of the internationally bestselling The Art of Hearing Heartbeats comes this charming collection of folktales that offer a window into Burma’s fascinating history and culture.
$5 admission to this event at our Jersey City store. Your $5 voucher can be used towards anything in store, including The Long Path to Wisdom. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD that there is no need to purchase a voucher.