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Lorie Karnath
Thursday, November 1st, 7:00PM
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10720 Preston Road
Ste 1009B
Dallas, TX 75230
The Long Path to Wisdom: Tales from Burma Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590519646
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Other Press - October 23rd, 2018


This publication began when Lorie Karnath approached German novelist Jan Philipp Sendker about her idea of recording some of the stories she had collected over the past two decades from her travels to Myanmar. Sendker had also spent time in this mystical country and had written two novels based in the country. Liking the idea, the pair then set about writing the The Long Path to Wisdom, Sendker’s son Jonathan who had recently spent some time to Burma also contributed a number of the tales to the publication. The result is a book of Burmese stories and legends some of which may have never been recorded in English. The stories which to some may seem similar in spirit to Western styled fairy tales, are different in that they served a different role, in many cases represent pieces of the oral history of the different tribal groups that make up the country. The stories are intertwined with references to the natural as well as the supernatural world. They have been passed down through the generations some to help explain the laws of natural world and its phenomenon as well as to help with the wide-array of moral choices that each individual must face along their chosen path. The stories are filled with superstition and speak about love and loss, of suffering and happiness, revenge, and justice, oftentimes humorously. Each conveys a circumstance and lesson, some easily apparent while others require more consideration to recognize the wisdom that these impart.


Author, explorer, and photo journalist Lorie Karnath has traveled much of the world. Lorie was the former president of the Explorers Club, the second woman to hold this position in the club's 115 year history. She is the president of The Explorers Museum and Global Explorers Alliance as well as the Explorer at Large for Jason Learning. Her journeys, often in search of answers to elusive questions, have taken her to many of the planet’s most remote locations. Burma has in particular has represented a special place for Lorie. No matter where her travels have led her, she has always returned to this compelling location. During this time, Lorie has had the opportunity to traverse the country, chronicling its peoples, culture, arts, and architecture. A scintillating jewel, Burma is a country where in many aspects time has stood still. Inevitably as the country continues to open its borders, modifications have crept in and Lorie has witnessed the gradual introduction of paved roadways, a subsequent influx of vehicles, as well as new buildings and the neglect and decay of old structures and its tribal traditions. Lorie has led numerous expeditions to Burma, including the navigation of the Chindwin River, visiting along the way many of villages accessible only by water or foot. She has witnessed and recorded many of the tribal rituals some of these believed never to have been seen by any outside of the immediate tribal community.

Karnath is the author of many books including, The Long Path to Wisdom-Tales from Burma (Jan-Philipp Sendker, Lorie Karnath, Jonathan Sendker) Architecture in Burma, Sam Shaw, Verwegene Frauen, Eine kurze Geschichte des Vermessens, The Return of the Storks, Wohin geht die Sonne, wenn ich schlafe (w Gustav Born) Lorie's articles and prize winning photos have appeared in numerous publications around the world.