I salute you, Philippe, the Fragile Man of the Wire, the Emperor of the Air. Like Fitzcarraldo you are one of the ever so rare and wondrous men: a Conquistador of the Useless. I bow my head in reverence.
—Werner Herzog

On the High Wire is fascinating to read. You will learn about the man, his work, his passion, his tenacity and lucidity” (Marcel Marceau)

On the High Wire

Nonfiction by Philippe Petit

Translated by Paul Auster

In this poetic handbook, written when he was just twenty-three, the world-famous high-wire artist Philippe Petit offers a window into the world of his craft. Petit masterfully explains how preparation and self-control contributed to such feats as walking between the towers of Notre Dame and the World Trade Center. Addressing such topics as the rigging of the wire, the walker’s first steps, his salute and exercises, and the work of other renowned high-wire artists, Petit offers us a book about the ecstasy of conquering our fears and reaching for the stars.

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Paperback (published June 25, 2019)

ISBN
9780811228640
Price US
13.95
Trim Size
4,5 x 7,25
Page Count
128pp

Philippe Petit

Writer and high-wire walker

I salute you, Philippe, the Fragile Man of the Wire, the Emperor of the Air. Like Fitzcarraldo you are one of the ever so rare and wondrous men: a Conquistador of the Useless. I bow my head in reverence.
—Werner Herzog
What most recommends On the High Wire is the voice of its author. Petit’s style, true to his title of the Magician of High Altitudes, captivates.
The Brooklyn Rail
In the hand it feels like a guidebook and reads like a dream diary. The book is both of those things.
Michigan Quarterly Review
An inspiration to all who dare to dream of the seemingly impossible.
—Mikhail Baryshnikov
Philippe Petit is an artist whose theater is the sky.
—Robin Williams