Book Launch: The Travels of Marco Yolo

The Penang launch of Marco Ferrarese’s engaging new book, The Travels of Marco Yolo (Gerakbudaya).

Date: Sunday 22 October 2017, 7.00pm

Venue: Sinkeh, 15 Lebuh Melayu, George Town, Penang

Hitch-hiking along Malaysia’s Federal Highway with one exponent of each of the nation’s ethnic groups. Hanging out with ISIS-affiliated black metallers in Bangladesh. Surviving flash floods on the flanks of Tibet. Camping on the shores of the world’s biggest lake in Siberia. Getting lost on Nepal’s less popular hiking trail without a map. Visiting illegal cockfighting pits in Bali’s underworld. Chasing a lysergic slice of Buddhist hell in northern Thailand. Assessing the state of gender roles in Tajikistan through a cow’s teats. Riding with death in Mongolia. Mingling with the sons of headhunters along the India-Myanmar border.

It may all sound bonkers, but it’s all in a day’s work for travel writer Marco Ferrarese, a guru of the ‘You Only Live Once’ life mantra.

Craving your way out of the rat race? Follow Marco Polo’s illegitimate 21st-century punk rock son as he burns 28 hair-raising trails through the darkest, less-trodden fringes of Asia. Because if you only live once, you’d better make it count.

Profile of the Author
Marco Ferrarese is a travel writer, novelist and anthropologist. He has published more than 100 articles on Malaysia, Southeast Asia, India and overlanding from Asia to Europe for BBC Travel, CNN Travel, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveler, DK Eyewitness Travel, Air Asia Travel3Sixty, Nikkei Asian Review and more. He wrote the Malaysia and Brunei chapters for Rough Guide’s Southeast Asia on a Budget (2018) and is working on the new edition of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. His is the author of the novel Nazi Goreng (2013) and a collection of his travel writing, The Travels of Marco Yolo (2017).

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