Stranded in Buddha's Country
An unusual memoir about a search for the real Buddha
A quirky memoir about an almost obsessive quest for independence, meaning and a place of your own in the world. In 2017, Casper Luckerhof decides to travel to Nepal. His plan is to write a book about the Buddha, the greatest sage from the East, in which he will be unmasked as a power-hungry sect leader. This way he can put his deeply spiritual childhood behind him and prove to his parents that he can lead his own life. Things turn out differently.
In the town of Lumbini, where the Buddha was born 2500 years ago, he is offered a job in the world’s largest Buddhist library. In an institute that resembles a fortress, he works with a German Tibetologist and an Italian academic. Casper’s main task is to keep visitors out; the institute is their secret. Things fall apart, however, and his father arrives.
This is the highly entertaining story of an unlikely friendship between three men who eventually drive each other to despair in a remote area of Nepal.