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by Emmanuel Carrère
This is a book about yoga. Or at least it was.

Emmanuel Carrère is a renowned writer. After decades of emotional upheaval, he has begun to live successfully―he is healthy; he works; he loves. He practices meditation, striving to observe the world without evaluating it. In this state of heightened awareness, he sets out for a ten-day silent retreat in the French heartland, leaving his phone, his books, and his daily life behind. But he’s also gathering material for his next book, which he thinks will be a pleasant, useful introduction to yoga.

Four days later, there’s a tap on the window: something has happened. Forced to leave the retreat early, he returns to a Paris in crisis. Life is derailed. His city is in turmoil. His work in progress falters. His marriage begins to unravel, as does his entanglement with another woman. He wavers between opposites―self-destruction and self-control, sanity and madness, elation and despair. The story he has told about himself falls away. And still, he continues to live.

This is a book about one man’s desire to get better, and to be better. It is laced with doubt and animated by the dangerous interplay of fiction and reality. Loving, humorous, harrowing, and profound, 
Yoga hurls us toward the outer edges of consciousness, where, finally, we can see things as they really are.
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Published August 2023

Picador Paper

Paperback, 352 pages

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“Carrère has managed to write one masterpiece after another . . . He is widely understood as France’s greatest writer of nonfiction.”
―Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Magazine