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The Ice Museum

In Search of the Lost Land of Thule

Joanna Kavenna - Author

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ISBN 9780143038467 | 304 pages | 30 Jan 2007 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A legend, a land once seen and then lost forever, Thule was a place beyond the edge of the maps, a mystery for thousands of years. And to the Nazis, Thule was an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic “purity.” In this exquisitely written narrative, Joanna Kavenna wanders in search of Thule, to Shetland, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Greenland, and Svalbard, unearthing the philosophers, poets, and explorers who claimed Thule for themselves, from Richard Francis Burton to Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Marked by breathtaking snowscapes, haunting literature, and the cold specter of past tragedies, this is a wondrous blend of travel writing and detective work that is impossible to set down. RVIEW: Thule, real or not, is ripe and beguiling material for a literary and geographic adventurer, and Kavenna is formidable on both fronts. . . . Highly cerebral, erudite, refreshing. (The New York Times Book Review)

A suspenseful history of a unique intersection of poetry and geography. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A beautiful prose poem to an elusive idea. (Chicago Tribune)

…a wonderful mixture of the exact and the fanciful (The New York Review of Books)


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