A Journey Into the Heart of Papau New GuineaBook - 2003
At the age of 24, Kira Salak undertook a three-month solo journey across Papua, New Guinea. Four Corners, her account of that trip, is an extraordinary travel memoir. Amid the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife, Salak traversed this island, known as the last frontier of adventure travel, by dugout canoe and on foot. Along the way, Salak stayed in a village where people still practiced cannibalism behind the backs of the missionaries, met the leader of the OPM, the separatist guerrilla movement opposing the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea, and undertook an epic trek through the jungle. Four Corners is also an interior journey as Salak explores her dysfunctional family past, and the demons that drive her to experience situations that most of us can barely imagine.
Reading more like a thriller than a travel book, Four Corners is compulsive armchair travel at its very best.
British explorer Ivan Champion was the first person to successfully cross the island of Papua New Guinea in 1927. But Kira Salak is motivated by something much deeper than simply wanting to be the first woman to make such a crossing.