In print for the first time in 15 years, Landscape with Traveler was the first full-length vel by Gifford. It lays bare the themes that have marked his lifelong career: gay issues; a winsome, Beat-inspired frenzy of love; the generation-defining crossroads in American history. Written as the protagonist's diary, and structured as three acclaimed short vels bound into one volume, the book recounts the deep friendship between a middle-aged gay man and a young straight man through vignette-like entries, all the while tracing a history of US.
The author of more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into over twenty-five languages, BARRY GIFFORD writes distinctly American stories for readers around the globe. From screenplays and librettos to his acclaimed Sailor and Lula novels, Gifford's writing is as distinctive as it is difficult to classify. Born in the Seneca Hotel on Chicago's Near North Side, he relocated in his adolescence to New Orleans. The move proved significant: throughout his career, Gifford's fiction--part-noir, part-picaresque, always entertaining--is born of the clash between what he has referred to as his Northern Side and Southern Side. Gifford has been recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. His novel Wild at Heart was adapted into the 1990 Palme d'Or-winning film of the same name. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.