Atlas Al-Juzur Al-Naa'iyah (Atlas Der Abgelegenen Inseln/Atlas of Remote Islands)
There are still places on earth that are unknown. Visually stunning and uniquely designed, this wondrous book captures fifty islands that are far away in every sense - from the mainland, from people, from airports, and from holiday brochures. Author Judith Schalansky useshistoric events and scientific reports as a springboard for each island, providing information on its distance from the mainland, whether it is inhabited, its features, and the stories that have shaped its lore. 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. With stunning full-colour maps and an air of mysterious adventure, Atlas al-Juzur al-Naa'iyah is perfect for the traveller or romantic in all of us.
- Hardback | 144 pages
- 190.5 x 266.7 x 15.24mm | 578g
- 25 Apr 2013
- Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
- Doha, Qatar
- UK ed.
- maps (some col.)
An utterly exquisite object: a Wunderkammer and bestiary. -- Robert Macfarlane The Guardian A fascinating volume on a unique subject. -- Laura Wadley The Washington Post A gorgeous book that combines lyrical storytelling and whimsical mapmaking. -- Gilbert Cruz Time An extraordinary and excellent book. -- David Profumo Literary Review Charming, spooky and splendid! -- Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn New Yorker Atlas of Remote Islands is a celebration of what can still be accomplished with imagination, paper and ink. Holding it, you feel as if you've stolen the composition book that dreamy girl in the back row of your high school English class is always scribbling into. You page through it and think: Oh my God. She's a genius. -- Anthony Doerr Year in reading 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 armchair traveler's delight! Chicago Tribune
About Judith Schalansky
Born in 1980, Judith Schalansky studied art history and communication design. She lives and works in Berlin as a freelance writer, and teaches typography in Potsdam. In 2006 she published her typography book Fraktur mon amour, which won a number of design prizes. In 2008 she published her first novel, Blau steht dir nicht (Blue doesn't suit you), and in 2009, she spent a three-month artist's residency at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln was published in 2009. A pocket format of the Atlas was published in 2011.