Earth, Milky Way: punctum books, 2024. 226 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-68571-194-8. DOI: 10.53288/0509.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $15.00 in print: paperbound/9.25 X 4.25 in.

Tribulations of a Westerner in the Western World is a grand tour of a bland realm, framed by a slideshow and narrated by a cranky viewer in a running-off-at-the-mind commentary that veers from cynical to silly to wise to sick. Vincent Dachy presents the new Western Everyman as an engaging if solipsistic armchair tour guide, whose complex musings perform a strangely political indictment of a society in such an advanced state of decay, all one can do is sit and watch.

~ Doug Nufer, author of Kelman Out of Pessoa and Rotalever Revelator

Tribulations of a Westerner in the Western World

Someone has taken a trip and taken photographs of that trip and someone else has been invited to watch a slideshow of the trip taken. There is a road, there is an abstract painting, there is a viewer who wishes he could live in a televised loop of a sunset, and another who wonders why people are obese. Tribulations of a Westerner in the Western World is a stunner of a first book, a narrated slideshow of inner and outer geographies complete with fifty-two black-and-white photographs taken by the author.

This title is a second edition, released as part of punctum’s Special Collections project.