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In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic (Modern Library Exploration)

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Including a new Epilogue, this is "one helluva read" ("Newsweek") and a chilling first-person account of extreme survival in the Siberian Arctic, rediscovered by Jon Krakauer and David Roberts. "Vivid . . . (a work of) terrifying beauty."--"The Boston Globe."

About the Author

Valerian Albanov was born in 1881 in Voronezh, Russia, and graduated in 1904 from the Naval College of St. Petersburg. Despite his harrowing voyage aboard the Saint Anna, he continued going to sea until his death in 1919.

Jon Krakauer is the bestselling author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

David Roberts is the author of over a dozen books on mountaineering, exploration, and archaeology, including, most recently, True Summit. His work regularly appears in National Geographic Adventure, Smithsonian, and Outside, among other publications.

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crowyhead, August 21, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This journal tells the story of Russian navigator Valerian Albanov's amazing ordeal in the Arctic. In 1914, Albanov joined a hunting and fishing expedition that would scout for whales, walruses and other lucrative sea life in the Arctic Circle. His ship, the Saint Anna, became trapped in pack ice only a few months into the journey, and remained frozen for nearly two years. With supplies running low and tempers fraying, Albanov and thirteen other men build kayaks and sledges out of materials on board the ship and set out across the ice, hoping to reach Franz Josef Land and Cape Flora, more than 120 miles away.

The group of men consisted mainly of sailors and hunters, not seasoned explorers, and mishap after mishap plagues the team despite Albanov's leadership and problem-solving skills. All are suffering from malnutrition and particularly scurvy, which adds to their difficulties. Albanov is a brilliant man but perhaps not the most personable of leaders; he rails against what he sees as laziness and despair on the part of his compatriots. Eventually, it is only Albanov and one other sailor who will survive the voyage across the ice. The story of their journey is amazing, and Albanov tells it well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679783619
Preface:
Krakauer, Jon
Introduction:
Roberts, David
Translator:
Anderson, Alison
Preface:
Krakauer, Jon
Introduction by:
Roberts, David
Introduction:
Roberts, David
Author:
Albanov, Valerian
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Author:
Anderson, Alison
Author:
Roberts, David
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Arctic regions
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Arctic regions Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Brusilov, Georgii Lvovich - Travel -
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Arctic and Antarctic-General
Subject:
adventure;arctic;history;non-fiction;survival;exploration;polar;polar exploration;russia;memoir
Edition Number:
Modern Library ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library exploration
Series Volume:
no. 00-E005
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.63 in 0.5 lb

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