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Lost on Earth

Nomads of the New World, 1st Edition

By Mark Fritz


320 pages

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Paperback: 9780415926096
pub: 2000-03-29

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"To make real the usually hidden human dimension of the high politics we read about in the morning paper; to show people's stories to be interconnected and overlapping with others whose existence they can barely fathom; to provide food for empathy--all are ambitious and important tasks that Fritz accomplishes with flair." -- Current History

"Fritz lays out his tales of refugees and refugee workers with a short-story master's feel for character and plot… while [the refugees'] hardships obviously matter to him, what captures his imagination and his skill is their personalities. His portraits of the uprooted encompass natives of lands as diverse as Germany and Iraq and Togo and Bosnia, but no one he writes about seems foreign; he puts us in his subjects' shoes by showing us how very much like us they are. (And he drives home the point that there is no longer anything anomalous about their experience, reporting that in the mid-1990s, roughly one out of every 100 people on the planet was forcibly uprooted from home.) He also has a gift for making tangled clashes…easy to follow without talking down in the process. Although Fritz's subject matter is cruel, his book is strangely delightful-- on one level an outcry against acts of inhumanity, but on another a celebration of our common humanity." -- Salon

"Fritz has laced this easily read and absorbing book with vignettes of refugees' journeys across borders and into lands they had no idea they ever would see. So many news stories have passed before our eyes in the last decade that we need a book like this." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A vivid account and thoughtful examination of history's largest human migration…All too often, these are the stories that go ignored by the American media; one must praise Fritz for bringing them to light." -- Kirkus Reviews

"unfolds like a series of loosely interconnected short stories. He writes with street-wise empathy for his dislocated subjects." -- Publishers Weekly

"Street stories from the main theaters of the migrations of the 1990s. …Putting faces on the problem, Fritz should engage anyone involved with the refugee issue…Sharp, contemporary journalism gives depth to the daily news images." -- Booklist

"These are not just touching stories of poor refugees caught in a world gone mad. They are stories that starkly demonstrate just how interdependent the world has become." -- St. Petersburg Times

"Accessible and insightful--particularly relevant reading right now, given the NATO involvement in Yugoslavia, and provides a context that's missing from daily headlines and nightly news reports." -- Portland Oregonian

"This is inspired reporting--a trek through a world of dislocation and distress, a microscopic look at the human consequences of poor leadership and ignorance among our so-called family of nations. Mark Fritz focuses upon individual lost souls, then makes the connections to the reverberating waves of displacement that are slowly, but steadily, coming away." -- Arthur Kent, Emmy Award winning war correspondent

"This is a book about travel, but the travelers have no home to leave behind, their destination is nowhere, and the reason for the trip is anything but pleasure. The fact that our nation of immigrants (and tourists) has its borders closed to them is terrible and humiliating." -- P. J. O'Rourke, author of Eat the Rich and Holidays in Hell

"An arresting eyewitness account of the end of the Cold War." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Lost On Earth is an enjoyable read, not least because of Fritz's eye for details." -- The Washington Monthly

"This is an unpretentious book, but it brings out lucidly the moral and political problems caused by one of mankind's greatest migratory upheavals. Lost on Earth is a series of vivid dispatches from this shadowland of outlanders, and at their best they are the premier reports about the contemporary refugee." -- Boston Globe

"It is a rare bit of luck these past 10 years that put a writer as gifted as Mark Fritz at most of our world's historic venues. …a remarkable blend of history, analysis and humanity." -- Detroit Free Press

"I hope many people will be touched - as I am - by the human tragedies Lost on Earth conveys with such emotion and talent." -- Elie Wiesel

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Portal 2. Return of the Gypsies 3. Mergers and Acquisitions 4. Bombing Babylonia 5. Backlash 6. The Point of Origin 7. Fresh Orphans 8. Raising the Drawbridge 9. Losing Japanese 10. Stick People 11. Mission Creep 12. Lost in Transit 13. Vicious Circles 14. History Lesson

About the Author

Mark Fritz has won numerous prizes and awards for his writing, including the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Rwanda, and his dispatches were selected for Best Newspaper Writing: 1995. He is currently a national correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, based in New York.

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