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    DescriptionJudith 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.


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    Title
    An Atlas of Remote Islands
    Subtitle
    Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Judith Schalansky
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 189 mm
    Height: 259 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 576 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846143489
    ISBN 10: 1846143489
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.4
    BIC subject category V2: WTM
    BISAC V2.8: TRV000000
    DC22: 912.1942
    Thema V1.0: WTM
    Illustrations note
    50 maps and other illustrations
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Particular Books
    Publication date
    07 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Judith Schalansky is a writer and designer, and lectures on typography in Potsdam. She has written a novel and a typographic compendium, Fraktur mon Amour (2006) which has won several design prizes. She lives in Berlin.
    Review quote
    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