Andre Principe, Smell of Tiger Precedes Tiger

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Smell of Tiger Precedes Tiger is an existentialist travel documentary.

André Príncipe traveled from Lisbon to Tokyo by land and sea, with a desire to escape, to go to faraway places. Initial feelings of restlessness and alienation fade as empty bars and hotel rooms give way to train windows and the vastness of the desert, and return as we approach the great Asian cities. The strongly cinematic sequence was designed to be read from right to left and left to right, expressing the circular aspect of the journey.

"I was already far away in a city and I wanted to go to the mountains. Inquiring, I found a phone number. I told him where I wanted to go and where I came from, and in his very poor English, he managed to tell me that he had never seen a Portuguese, even though his grandfather had been half Portuguese. He also told me that it would be good to go with him. We were quiet most of the time, walking through the woods. 'Eat, sleep now, stop,' he used to say, and then he would smile. He found it difficult to understand my question, but when he finally understood, he said, 'The smell of the tiger precedes the tiger.' I was amazed at his sudden command of English. He said nothing else. For the next few hours we walked in silence. Our steps echo in the forest."  Andre Principe, from the Lisbon / Tokyo notebooks

Published in 2012. 

Note on condition: The corners of the front cover (see image) are slightly bumped but the book is in good condition otherwise.