- Tapa dura: 144 páginas
- Editor: Particular Books; Edición: First Printing (7 de octubre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1846143489
- ISBN-13: 978-1846143489
- Valoración media de los clientes: 3 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº727.467 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will (Inglés) Tapa dura – 7 oct 2010
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Tenderly tracing one finger over the maps, we lose ourselves in the beauty of filigree lines, points and letters. We smell the sea, hear the surf breaking, see icebergs and rocks and under our feet feel fine sand. Anyone who opens this, the most enchanting book of the autumn, is likely to get as lost as Robinson Crusoe for a while (Die Zeit)
An utterly exquisite object ... her book makes a magnificent case for the atlas to be recognised as literature, worthy of its original name - theatrum orbis terrarum, "the theatre of the world" (Robert Macfarlane Guardian)
So beautifully designed is this little caprice, so meticulous are its maps and so entertaining its matter (Jan Morris New York Times)
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Judith Schalansky was born in 1980 on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. The Soviets wouldn't let anyone travel so everything she learnt about the world came from her parents' battered old atlas. An acclaimed novelist and award-winning graphic designer, she has spent years creating this, her own imaginative atlas of the world's loneliest places. These islands are so difficult to reach that until the late 1990s more people had set foot on the moon than on Peter I Island in the Antarctic.
On one page are perfect maps, on the other unfold bizarre stories from the history of the islands themselves. Rare animals and strange people abound: from marooned slaves to lonely scientists, lost explorers to confused lighthouse keepers, mutinous sailors to forgotten castaways; a collection of Robinson Crusoes of all kinds. Recently awarded the prize of Germany's most beautiful book, the Atlas of Remote Islands is an intricately designed masterpiece that will delight maplovers everywhere. Judith Schalansky lures us across all the oceans of the world to fifty remote islands - from St Kilda to Easter Island and from Tristan da Cunha to Disappointment Island - and proves that some of the most memorable journeys can be taken by armchair travellers.Ver Descripción del producto
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In her preface she introduces her love of maps and their infinite possibilities, particularly islands. Schlansky has a mesmerizing way of writing that made me almost want to take off for the great unknown, however as she notes an island can be paradise and hell. In writing about each of these fifty islands she manages to make a study of the strengths and weaknesses of the human character. From hermits in artic regions, to self-made empresses, from islands where inhabitants depart on suicidal treks to maintain the ecological balance of their home, to one where the inhabitants refuse to leave even though their home is sinking beneath the waves. I read this book on a snowbound day with a pot of tea beside me. Highly recommended
It gets 5 stars though b/c it does this in such a cool way. The distances-to-stuff-you-know really add scale to the stories, the inside of the cover w/ world map could easily be missed but relates directly to the content... it's not just a generic world map.
Plus, the artistry and layout have a very purposeful feel... very much like the unique visual details of a Wes Anderson movie. It's clearly deliberate and works well to deliver a consistently engaging book that shows as well as it reads.