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The Tattooed Map

(1995)
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At one time, Lydia and Christopher were lovers as well as travel companions; now they are merely fellow travelers. While on a trip to Morocco, Lydia notices a small mark on her hand which begins to grow and spread in thin, tattooed lines that only she can see. Eventually, the marks reveal themselves to be a detailed map of an unknown land, and Lydia begins to understand that these marks, invisible to all but herself and a mysterious Moroccan man named Layesh, will lead her on a strange and perilous journey. The Tattooed Map is Lydia's journal of the days and weeks leading up to her disappearance. Each page contains her daily experiences--her growing shock and fear as the map unfolds itself, her deteriorating relationship with Christopher, her conversations with strangers--as well as the memorabilia she collects along the way: maps and postcards, train tickets and postage stamps, lists of books she's reading and souvenirs she's bought--all pasted in the margins of the journal.

When Lydia disappears midway through the journey, her friend Christopher takes up the journal, using it first as a means of recording his search for her and then, increasingly, as a clue to her fate. A combination travelogue, mystery, and ghost story, The Tattooed Map is a mesmerizing, physically beautiful book. Each page is gloriously decorated with the kinds of fascinating flotsam and jetsam that travelers find cluttering their pockets and notebooks at the end of a trip, making The Tattooed Map a book you'll want to return to again and again.



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Used availability for Barbara Hodgson's The Tattooed Map

Hardback Editions

August 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Tattooed Map: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Hodgson
ISBN: 0-8118-0817-3 / 978-0-8118-0817-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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1995 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Tattooed Map
Author(s): Barbara Hodgson
ISBN: 1-895714-91-5 / 978-1-895714-91-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Raincoast Books
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Paperback Editions

June 1997 : Canada Paperback

Title: Tattooed Map
Author(s): BARBARA HODGSON
ISBN: 1-55192-077-8 / 978-1-55192-077-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Raincoast Books
Availability: Amazon CA