Atlas of Remote Islands

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A rare and beautifully illustrated journey to fifty faraway worlds.

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 used historic events and scientific reports as a springboard for each island, providing information on its distance from the mainland, whether its ...

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Overview

A rare and beautifully illustrated journey to fifty faraway worlds.

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 used historic events and scientific reports as a springboard for each island, providing information on its distance from the mainland, whether its inhabited, its features, and the stories that have shaped its lore. With stunning full-color maps and an air of mysterious adventure, Atlas of Remote Island is perfect for the traveler or romantic in all of us.

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Schalansky grew up in East Germany from which, like most of her compatriots at the time, she was not allowed to leave. Instead, she traveled the world through atlases and developed a fascination with remote islands. Her prose here is almost poetic as she paints multidimensional portraits of 50 islands to go along with her full-color, original cartographic illustrations. Credit must also be given to translator Lo for retaining the expressiveness of Schalansky's voice. The attention to font, weight, and color in this book cannot be ignored. Schalansky's background in typography and passion for the art of cartography are apparent on every page. While the style of the book may appeal to younger readers, caution is advised as there are references to violence and rape. VERDICT Recommended for armchair travelers, lovers of history, and anyone looking to get far, far away from it all.—Anna L. Creech, Univ. of Richmond Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143118206
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 263,235
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Schalansky was born in 1980 in Greifswald, Germany. She has degrees in both History of Art and Communication Design. Judith currently works as a freelance writer and designer in Berlin and has been teaching courses in the principles of typography at the Potsdam Technical Institute since 2008.

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