In Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal, Mark Liechty fluidly unfurls the interconnected stories of Nepali entrepreneurs and Western travelers who built the infrastructure of Nepal's tourism industry. Artfully threading together comings and goings of people, capital, and ideas in Nepal, especially Kathmandu, he utilizes interviews with key actors and ephemera from various phases of tourism to create an exceptionally readable text, with interest within and beyond the academic world. Liechty challenges broad-brush stories of Shangri-la and lawless lands with investigations of how Nepal's tourism industry changed over a half-century because of very particular encounters with distinctively positioned actors.

Far Out questions assumptions about Nepal's interaction with the West, insisting that the arrival of foreign tourists and seekers led not to mimicry, but to a more complex exchange of ideas and practices. In rewriting a story of engagement that makes Nepali actors active agents in...

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