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Travel writing as a discipline has historically been dominated by European men, so the work of Lebanese writer and traveler Leila Amad Bissat offers a unique and illuminating perspective on the world.The book – Bissat's second – was published on Feb. 2 and is structured around a variety of souvenirs she collected from 10 Asian countries, including China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, over the course of her travels. This left a deep impression on Bissat.Bissat's observations throughout the book reveal this abiding interest in women's issues.The writer's awareness of this facet of Sri Lankan life is intensely personal: Bissat traveled to the country accompanied by a Sri Lankan woman who has worked for Bissat in Lebanon for over 30 years.In writing "Of Whispers and Winds," Bissat hopes to spread awareness and respect for these areas and their peoples.When asked about a potential third book, Bissat smiled.Even with no book projects in the pipeline, Bissat remains an avid traveler.
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