End Of The EarthVoyaging to Antarctica
Now in a paperback edition, America's greatest literary naturalist takes readers on the ultimate wildlife safari: a true back-of-beyond voyage to the world's most unforgiving land, the islands off Antarctica's northern ice shelf, and to that second most remote place on earth, South Georgia Island, "the last outpost in a great emptiness of ocean." Matthiessen has once again lit upon a subject profoundly fitted to his creative genius. He is simply the ultimate lyricist of loss, a writer brilliantly attentive to the way vanishings are braided into even the most exquisite moments of our lives. He agonizes over what is passing away, but does so in a manner that increases our appreciation of what remains. In "End of the Earth," Matthiessen joins the crew of the Akademik - a 384-foot research vessel bound for wild and storied South Georgia Island and Antarctica. Along the way we are treated to a patented Matthiessen brew: lyricism and emotion applied to the sharp-eyed evaluations of a seasoned naturalist. Brilliant and instructive observations of the creatures inhabiting this far-flung region are sprinkled with eloquent disquisition on the history of the region (Shackleton, Captain Cook,
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 149.9 x 223.5 x 22.9mm | 340.2g
- 14 Jan 2005
- National Geographic Books
- Washington, United States
- Revised ed.
- 8 colour photos
About Peter Matthiessen
Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014) was an American writer and naturalist who famously cofounded The Paris Review as a cover for his work as a CIA agent. He won National Book Awards for The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend, making him the only author to have received the honor in both the nonfiction and fiction categories. Birgit Freybe Bateman is an award-winning photographer from H xter, Germany. Her images have appeared in numerous exhibitions, magazines, and books. Some of her credits include Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia and End of the Earth: Voyaging to Antarctica. She lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. To learn more, visit birgitbateman.com.