Fifty Words for Snow

Fifty Words for Snow

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Description

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'A delightful compendium that
brings together language, culture and adventure through frozen landscapes as it
shares the meanings behind 50 words for snow, gathered from around the globe.' - The
Herald, Christmas Books 2020


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Snow. Every language has its own words for the
feather-like flakes that come from the sky. In Japanese we find Yuki-onna - a
'snow woman' who drifts through the frosted land. In Icelandic falls
Hundslappadrifa - 'big as a dog's paw'. And in Maori we meet Huka-rere - 'one
of the children of rain and wind'.



From mountain tops and frozen seas to city parks
and desert hills, writer and Arctic traveller Nancy Campbell digs deep into the
meanings of fifty words for snow. Under her gaze, each of these linguistic snow
crystals offers a whole world of myth and story.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 21mm | 344g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783964987
  • 9781783964987
  • 1,532

Table of contents

Contents; Prologue xv; 1. Seanas, Sami ..................... 1; 2. Yuki-onna, Japanese .................. 5; 3. Immiaq, Greenlandic ................ 11; 4. Smoor, Scots .................... 15; 5. H ima, Thai ..................... 21; 6. Kunstschnee, German ................ 23; 7. Onaabani Giizis / Popogami Giizis, Ojibwemowin .. 27; 8. Sheleg, Hebrew ................... 31; 9. Sastrugi, Russian .................. 35; 10. Hundslappadrifa, Icelandic ............. 39; 11. Sheen, Kashmiri ................... 43; 12. Cheotnun, Korean .................. 47; 13. Penitentes, Spanish ................. 49; 14. Cirulputenis, Latvian ................ 53; 15. Unatsi, Cherokee .................. 55; 16. Theluji, Swahili ................... 59; 17. Avalanche, French .................. 63; 18. Tykky, Finnish ................... 67; 19. Barfani chita, Urdu ................. 71; 20. Snemand, Danish .................. 75; 21. Mavro chioni, Greek ................. 81; 22. Neviera, Italian ................... 85; 23. Xue qiu, Chinese .................. 89; 24. Snoeangel, Swedish .................. 93; 25. Gangs, Tibetan ................... 97; 26. Calog shneachta, Irish ................101; 27. Huka-rere, Maori ..................105; 28. Snowboarding, American Sign Language .......111; 29. Kava, Faroese ....................115; 30. Kardelen, Turkish ..................119; 31. Omuzira, Luganda ..................123; 32. Fokksno, Norwegian .................131; 33. Sniegas, Lithuanian .................135; 34. Sira, Tundra Nenets .................139; 35. Taccuqt, Tamazight .................143; 36. Hima, Sanskrit ...................147; 37. Qasa, Quechua ...................151; 38. Barado, Amharic ..................155; 39. Ttutqiksribvik, Inupiaq ...............159; 40. Ais i pundaun olsem kapok, Tok Pisin ........165; 41. Hagelslag, Dutch ..................169; 42. Eira, Welsh .....................173; 43. Itztlacoliuhqui, Nahuatl ...............177; 44. Pana, Inuktitut ...................181; 45. Jaatee, Estonian ...................187; 46. Sparrow batch, Newfoundland English ........191; 47. Hau kea, Hawaiian .................195; 48. Virgen de las Nieves, Spanish ............199; 49. Zud, Mongolian ...................203; 50. Suncups, English ..................207; Acknowledgements 209 References 211
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Review quote

'A sparkling
prism to reveal what snow means to different cultures... [an] exploration of the language that
describes myriad snowscapes, from mountain peaks and ancient glaciers to boreal
cities and Baltic landscapes.' - National Geographic 'A miraculous snow bank of niveous names and knowledge as delicate and multifaceted as the flakes it celebrates. A glittering cloud of Inupiaq, Icelandic, compound Maori, Finnish, Scots, Thai, Hebrew, American Sign Language.' - Dan Richards, author of Outpost: A Wild Journey to the Ends of the Earth 'Absolutely exquisite. This
little book is a work of art. It is impossible to imagine the reader who will
not love it.' - Horatio Clare,
author of The Light in the Dark:
A Winter Journal 'Sparkles and dazzles with new
meanings and old magic. You'll never see snow in the same way again.' - Matt
Gaw, author of Under the Stars: A Journey Into Light 'Pithy, clear-eyed... like so many magical portals, offering fleeting but fascinating glimpses into unfamiliar worlds.' - Scotsman 'This is a book of now... It shows us how we are
connected and united across languages and across borders, through our
environment, climate, stories and Nature. Fifty Words for Snow is both gorgeous and important to hunker
down with, whatever the weather outside.' - Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine
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About Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell is an award-winning writer and artist. Her travels in the Arctic between 2010 and 2017 have resulted in several projects responding to the environment, most recently The Library of Ice: Readings in a Cold Climate (S&S), which was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019. Her previous book on the polar environment, Disko Bay, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2016. An illustrated alphabet book, How to Say 'I Love You' in Greenlandic, received the Birgit Skioeld award in 2013. She has been a Marie Claire 'Wonder Woman', a Hawthornden Fellow and Artist in Residence at Oxford University. She is currently a Literature Fellow at Internationales Kunstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany.
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