In Lost on Earth, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent Mark Fritz enters into the twilight world of contemporary refugees as they trek across landscapes that are continually being reshaped by the aftershocks of the Cold War. As countries around the world are shattered by ancient feuds, seemingly unconnected global events are humanized in this account by people like Herbert Puchwein, a detective from Vienna who rescues a busload of orphans in Sarajevo, and Senada Suljic whose Bosnian family prays that their paths will cross again. Fritz tells of a bored East German girl who slips into a forest one day and finds a magical land on the other side; an engineer from Liberia who watches his neatly constructed life become dismantled by war; a jaded nurse from Ohio who drifts from emergency room to emergency room, hooked on adrenaline; and an exiled college student who fights to recapture his homeland. Investigating the forces at play in the world, Fritz tells where these refugees are from, why they flee, and what they encounter during their journeys. Filled with terror and drama, tragedy and inspiration, Lost on Earth is a remarkable account of the human will to survive.
Mark Fritz has won numerous prizes and awards for his writing, including the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Rwanda, and his dispatches were selected for Best Newspaper Writing: 1995. He is currently a national correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, based in New York.