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)
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.
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