Atlas of Remote Islands

Atlas of Remote Islands : Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will

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A rare and beautifully illustrated journey to fifty faraway worlds. 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 used historic events and scientific reports as a springboard for each island, providing information on its distance from the mainland, whether its inhabited, its features, and the stories that have shaped its lore. With stunning full-color maps and an air of mysterious adventure, Atlas of Remote Island is perfect for the traveler or romantic in all of us.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 143 pages
  • 187.96 x 261.62 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 5th ed.
  • Maps
  • 014311820X
  • 9780143118206
  • 26,551

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(a) cartographical gem
- The Wall Street Journal - Great New (Armchair) Travel Reads"An utterly exquisite object: atlas as Wunderkammer and bestiary, bound in black cloth and sea-blue card...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, The Guardian (UK)"This beautifully illustrated atlas reveals that cartography and the creative imagination have always intersected, spurred on by human wanderlust."- NPR 's 2010 Favorites pick"'Paradise is an island. So is hell.' Or so says Judith Schalansky in the introduction to her charming, spooky and splendid Atlas of Remote Islands ."- The New Yorker's Book Bench"...absolutely magical."- Conde Nast Traveler-"The first five times (or so) that I paged through the Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will , I fell deeply in love with the book... Each of author and artist Judith Schalansky's maps--hand-drawn in shades of gray, black, white, and brilliant orange on cadet blue paper--transported me to a, usually, remote island...""... A testament to the transformative power of maps. 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 our high school English class is always scribbling into. You page through it and think, Oh, my God. She's a genius."-Anthony Doerr,"That impossible-to-please friend, that cranky relative, that coffee table begging for something more interesting that last Sunday's New York Times Magazine- worry about them no more. Here is your holiday gift, your birthday present, your living room's conversation-igniter.""The most beautiful and powerful book I have ever seen like this is the Pennyroyal Caxton (King James) Bible, with haunting engravings by the genius Barry Moser. The second most beautiful and amazing book like this I have ever seen arrived, slim and stunning, on my desk days ago: Atlas of Remote Islands . For a child itching to see the world, for the child inside an aged and creaky vessel, for all of us who never stopped dreaming of faraway islands draped in amazing languages and wild stories and a wholly new angle of light, this is the perfect gift."-Brian Doyle, The Oregonian"... hand-drawn maps of the remote islands and the fascinating stories that go alongside are utterly captivating..."- The South Mississippi Sun Herald"... one of those books that you can easily spend a day dreamily paging through. Beautiful stories are crafted from these remote islands histories, giving character to the pieces of land that could be easily overlooked or forgotten. You want this book."- World's Best Ever blog"Is it possible to confuse a romance novel for an atlas?... I opened the pages to maps that looked as though they were painted in the Middle Ages. They are clear, artistic, and true to scale. I approached the text and continued my love affair.""Judith Schalansky's pseudo-tome- the product of a lifetime of studying maps, typography, art and design- is a charming romp through 50 of the most remote islands in the world. But this book is about so much more than maps... it's's charming, fanciful and is part of a near-perfect construction of a book that captures the romance of travel... This is a great coffee table book, perfect for history buffs, dreamers of anyone who sticks pins in their maps and obsessively uses "GTrot" on Facebook.""Gorgeously illustrated and with color maps throughout... Judith Schalansky lures us onto fifty remote islands... and proves that the most adventurous journeys still take place in the mind, with one finger pointing at a map."- Publishing Perspectives"W
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..".The author's prose (translated from the German) is poetic and clever, descriptive and dramatic without falling prey to travelogue cliches. Engrossing as a novella, each entry comes complete with characters... Schalansky's anecdotes are so crisply detailed and evocative, one assumes that she conducted her research in person, even time-traveling to witness certain historical events...To be honest, she didn't really need to have visited the islands. By book's end (Peter I Island, Antarctica), I felt that I had traveled to all 50, my mind's wings tired from all that flapping." -"The Washington Post" In a world crowded with people, noise and violence, hearing about these remote, seldom- or never-visited places feels both comforting and unsettling. A fascinating volume on a unique subject." -"Daily Herald" (Utah) ""Atlas of Remote Islands" by Judith Schalansky is magic in its own way, a fascinating compendium of 50 remote islands far from the mainland, from pe
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About Judith Schalansky

Judith Schalansky was born in 1980 in Greifswald, Germany. She hasdegrees in both History of Art and Communication Design. Judith currentlyworks as a freelance writer and designer in Berlin and has been teaching coursesin the principles of typography at the Potsdam Technical Institute since 2008.
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2,578 ratings
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4 35% (904)
3 14% (365)
2 3% (70)
1 1% (23)
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