The Ice Museum

The Ice Museum : In Search of the Lost Land of Thule

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A legend, a land once seen and then lost forever, Thule was a place beyond the edge of the maps, a mystery for thousands of years. And to the Nazis, Thule was an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic "purity." In this exquisitely written narrative, Joanna Kavenna wanders in search of Thule, to Shetland, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Greenland, and Svalbard, unearthing the philosophers, poets, and explorers who claimed Thule for themselves, from Richard Francis Burton to Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Marked by breathtaking snowscapes, haunting literature, and the cold specter of past tragedies, this is a wondrous blend of travel writing and detective work that is impossible to set down. RVIEW: Thule, real or not, is ripe and beguiling material for a literary and geographic adventurer, and Kavenna is formidable on both fronts. . . . Highly cerebral, erudite, refreshing. (The New York Times Book Review)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 124.5 x 195.6 x 17.8mm | 68.04g
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 014303846X
  • 9780143038467
  • 622,739

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a]a wonderful mixture of the exact and the fanciful ("The New York Review of Books")
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About Joanna Kavenna

Joanna Kavenna has written for The New York Review of Books, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. She currently holds a writing fellowship at St. John's College, Cambridge.
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189 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 19% (36)
4 34% (64)
3 35% (66)
2 10% (19)
1 2% (4)
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