Bali: A Paradise Created bridges the gap between scholarly works and more popular travel accounts.
It offers an accessible history of this fascinating island and an anthropological study not only of the Balinese, but of the paradise–seekers from all parts of the world who have invaded Bali in ever–increasing numbers over the decades. This book shows how Balinese culture has pervaded western film, art, literature and music so that even those who've never been there have enjoyed a glimpse of paradise. This authoritative, much–cited work is now updated with new photos and illustrations, a new introduction, and new text covering the past twenty years.
Adrian Vickers is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Sydney.