Daniel Bergner

The Other Side of Desire
  • The Other Side of Desire

  • Jacob is a man with an overwhelming attraction to female feet. The Baroness is a clothing designer and evangelical sadist. Roy is a wedding band singer entranced by his step daughter. Ron and Laura are simply in love - only Laura lost both her legs in a car accident, and Ron is beguiled by a beauty many would be blind to.

    How do we deal with desire? Our own, and the desires of others? How do we comprehend desires that are extreme, or unacceptable? And how do those who have them, live with them?

    In A Map of Desire Daniel Bergner takes us on a journey into human passion suffered, endured, and celebrated. Desire is a sometimes anarchic, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes destructive, sometimes redeeming, and always powerful force.Immersing himself in it through the people whose lives he follows and the scientists he spends time with who are trying to understand it, slowly he exposes and illuminates layers of our humanity.

Daniel Bergner is drawn to people, and to stories, that illuminate the struggle we all face to make our lives meaningful. From living with convicts sentenced to life in a tough American prison to travelling across Sierra Leone in the wake of its brutal civil war, he has always been drawn to those who live at the extremes of experience. Soldiers of Light, his book on Sierra Leone, won the Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression Award and a Lettres-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage. It was hailed by the Guardian as 'Riveting, elegiac... genius' and by the Sunday Times as 'a rare book indeed ... one in which both author and reader are irrevocably changed'. He writes for the New York Times Magazine and has spent a number of year with the subjects of this book.

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