Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

by Robert Macfarlane
Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

by Robert Macfarlane


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National Bestseller • New York Times "100 Notable Books of the Year" • NPR "Favorite Books of 2019" • Guardian "100 Best Books of the 21st Century" • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award

"Mesmerizing…Underland is a portal of light in dark times." —Terry Tempest Williams, New York Times Book Review

In Underland, Robert Macfarlane delivers an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. Traveling through the dizzying expanse of geologic time—from prehistoric art in Norwegian sea caves, to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come—Underland takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind.

Global in its geography and written with great lyricism, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393358094
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/18/2020
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 98,890
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Macfarlane’s prize-winning and best-selling books include Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and, with Jackie Morris, The Lost Words. He lives in Cambridge, England, where he is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

First Chamber 1

1 Descending 9

Part I Seeing (Britain)

2 Burial (Mendips, Somerset) 23

3 Dark Matter (Boulby, Yorkshire) 53

4 The Understorey (Epping Forest, London) 85

Second Chamber 117

Part II Hiding (Europe)

5 Invisible Cities (Paris) 127

6 Starless Rivers (The Carso, Italy) 175

7 Hollow Land (Slovenian Highlands) 211

Third Chamber 243

Part III Haunting (The North)

8 Red Dancers (Lofoten, Norway) 251

9 The Edge (Andøya, Norway) 287

10 The Blue of Time (Kulusuk, Greenland) 325

11 Meltwater (Knud Rasmussen Glacier, Greenland) 367

12 The Hiding Place (Olkituoto, Finland) 395

13 Surfacing 421

Notes 427

Select Bibliography 447

Acknowledgements 465

Index 469

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