jeanluann, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by jeanluann)
Always we look for the tantalizing and beckoning places of solitude. Ever since
high school I have had the desire to seek these islands and to learn and see for
myself what they have to say to me. Alas, this book is the closest I will ever
get to realizing my dream.
This is a great book for the armchair explorer.
fatpuller, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by fatpuller)
As child, I read maps obsessively. My finger traveled roads I will never travel. This book brought to mind my childhood and my desire to see the world. Not suffering from plot or character, this is a book that tells the reader just enough to set the mind wandering. It is still.
"Review A Day"
by Brian Doyle, The Oregonian,
"The most beautiful and powerful book I have ever seen like this is the Pennyroyal Caxton (King James) Bible, with haunting engravings by the genius Barry Moser. The second most beautiful and amazing book like this I have seen arrived, slim and stunning, on my desk days ago: Atlas of Remote Islands, by the young (age 30) Berlin typographer and designer Judith Schalansky." (Read the entire Oregonian review)
by The Philadelphia Inquirer,
"An armchair traveler's delight."
by The Guardian,
"An utterly exquisite object: atlas as Wunderkammer and bestiary, bound in black cloth and sea-blue card...makes a magnificent case for the atlas to be recognised as literature, worthy of its original name — theatrum orbis terrarum, 'the theatre of the world'." (UK)
by The New Yorker's Book Bench,
"'Paradise is an island. So is hell.' Or so says Judith Schalansky in the introduction to her charming, spooky and splendid Atlas of Remote Islands."
by The Oregonian,
"The most beautiful and powerful book I have ever seen like this is the Pennyroyal Caxton (King James) Bible, with haunting engravings by the genius Barry Moser. The second most beautiful and amazing book like this I have ever seen arrived, slim and stunning, on my desk days ago: Atlas of Remote Islands. For a child itching to see the world, for the child inside an aged and creaky vessel, for all of us who never stopped dreaming of faraway islands draped in amazing languages and wild stories and a wholly new angle of light, this is the perfect gift."
Visually stunning and uniquely designed, this wondrous book captures 50 islands that are far away in every sense — from the mainland, from people, from airports, and from holiday brochures.
Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to and#147;map their Manhattanand#8221; and to mail the personalized maps back to her. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with a cartography of intimate narratives: past loves, lost homes, childhood memories, comical moments, and surprising confessions. A beautifully illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to New York, Mapping Manhattan includes 75 maps from both anonymous mapmakers and notable New Yorkers, including Man on Wire aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and many more.
Praise for Mapping Manhattan:
and#147;What an intriguing project.and#8221;and#151;The New York Times
and#147;A tender cartographic love letter to this timeless city of multiple dimensions, parallel realities, and perpendicular views.and#8221; and#151;Brain Pickings
and#147;Cooperand#8217;s beautiful project linking the lives of New Yorkers is one that will continue to grow.and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly online
A lovely small-trim edition of the award-winning Atlas of Remote Islands
The Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalanskyand#8217;s beautiful and deeply personal account of the islands that have held a place in her heart throughout her lifelong love of cartography, has captured the imaginations of readers everywhere. Using historic events and scientific reports as a springboard, she creates a story around each island: fantastical, inscrutable stories, mixtures of fact and imagination that produce worlds for the reader to explore.
Gorgeously illustrated and with new, vibrant colors for the Pocket edition, the atlas shows all fifty islands on the same scale, in order of the oceans they are found. Schalansky lures us to fifty remote destinationsand#151;from Tristan da Cunha to Clipperton Atoll, from Christmas Island to Easter Islandand#151;and proves that the most adventurous journeys still take place in the mind, with one finger pointing at a map.
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