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Wild Man
Tobias Schneebaum
New foreword by David Bergman

Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies

"An astonishing journey into the interior of the self, as well as an exploration of the relationships between men the world over."
—Anne Freemantle

Part autobiographical journal, part social-historical novel, Wild Man tracks Tobias Schneebaum's fascinating and almost epic life story, from his earliest contemplation of homoerotic desire through his life in Peru, Borneo, and beyond. A young man from New York, Schneebaum "disappeared" in 1955 on the eastern slopes of the Andes. He was, in actuality, living for more than a year among the remote Harakhambut people, discovering a way of being that was strange, primitive, and powerfully attractive to him. This longing to find the "wild man" in other culturesand in himselfeventually led him on an odyssey through South America, India, Tibet, Africa, Borneo, New Guinea, and Southeast Asia. He lived among isolated forest peoples, including headhunters and cannibals, in regions where few, if any, white men had ever been.

"A decade after Keep the River on Your Right appeared, Schneebaum published Wild Man. . . . It must have occurred to him that his first book told merely an episode in a much, much longer story."David Bergman, from the foreword

"In each of his books . . . Schneebaum draws the reader into his universe . . . the way every strong writer draws the reader away from his own fantasies and into those of another for the duration of his act of reading."New York Review of Books

Tobias Schneebaum is the author of Where the Spirits Dwell, Keep the River on Your Right, and Secret Places: My Life in New York and New Guinea,also published by the University of Wisconsin Press. From 1973 to 1983 he was assistant to the curator of the Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. He is the subject of a documentary film, Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, which received the Critic's Choice Award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2000.

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September 2003
LC: 2003050129 G
272 pp. 6 x 9
38 b/w drawings, 5 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-19344-7
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