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    DescriptionThe "Archimedes "is a modern merchant steamship in tip-top condition, and in the summer of 1929 it has been picking up goods along the eastern seaboard of the United States before making a run to China. A little overloaded, perhaps--the oddly assorted cargo includes piles of old newspapers and heaps of tobacco--the ship departs for the Panama Canal from Norfolk, Virginia, on a beautiful autumn day. Before long, the weather turns unexpectedly rough--rougher in fact than even the most experienced members of the crew have ever encountered. The "Archimedes, "it turns out, has been swept up in the vortex of an immense hurricane, and for the next four days it will be battered and mauled by wind and waves as it is driven wildly off course. Caught in an unremitting struggle for survival, both the crew and the ship will be tested as never before. Based on detailed research into an actual event, Richard Hughes's tale of high suspense on the high seas is an extraordinary story of men under pressure and the unexpected ways they prove their mettle--or crack. Yet the originality, art, and greatness of "In Hazard" stem from something else: Hughes's eerie fascination with the hurricane itself, the inhuman force around which this wrenching tale of humanity at its limits revolves. Hughes channels the furies of sea and sky into a piece of writing that is both apocalyptic and analytic. "In Hazard" is an unforgettable, defining work of modern adventure.


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    Title
    In Hazard
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Hughes, Introduction by John Crowley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 239
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781590172728
    ISBN 10: 1590172728
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC002000, FIC019000, FIC030000
    Publisher
    NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
    Imprint name
    NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
    Publication date
    12 August 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Richard Hughes (1900—1976) attended Oxford and lived for most of his life in a castle in Wales. His books include The Fox in the Attic, The Wooden Shepherdess, and A High Wind in Jamaica. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and, in the United States, an honorary member of both the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1946. John Crowley is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Love & Sleep, Aegypt, and Little, Big. He lives in northern Massachusetts with his wife and twin daughters.
    Review quote
    " With his eerie narrator (Is it a surviving crew member? The author? Poseidon himself?), Hughes presents an atmospheric book that makes trouble with pirates, rocky shoals or white whales seem almost trifling." --"Time Out New York" "The passages in literature that have thrilled me most have almost all been sea battles and storms. Now I have had the great and exhilarating pleasure of surviving yet another tempest in Richard Hughes's "In Hazard," now equipped with an excellent introduction by John Crowley... The novel is superb." --Katharine Powers, "The Boston Globe" "To take the same subject as Conrad in "Typhoon "would be foolhardy if it were not so triumphantly justified." -Graham Greene "Richard Hughes is a genuine case of unfair neglect, and will some day be seen again as one of the very best novelist of the past hundred years from Great Britain..."In Hazard "is much more than a brilliant sea story. The tale is about extreme danger and human reactions to it...It seems just as apposite to our times, when we confront a bewildering range of hazards, including the destructiveness of nature, which we ourselves are probably exacerbating." -"The Financial Times" "Richard Hughes...has done another magnificent saga of the sea in this novel which inevitably calls to mind Conrad's "Typhoon, "not for similarity in the progression of the novel, but because of the power with which the author evokes the man's struggle against the elements. A story of mad weather at sea, it is told with restraint, humor and irony. Almost compulsory reading." -"North American Fiction Review" ""In Hazard "is not really a book about a storm, but about fear...what will stick in most minds are the sharp descriptive passages--of a scene, illuminated by lightning, when the crew looks out on a mountainside of water crawling with sharks." --"Time" "The most intense reading experience of the year-easily-was discovering Richard Hughes's 1938 novel, "In Hazard,"i