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Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis

Novels with explicitly novelistic themes are often bloodless carrying the fatal odor of the sheltered writing workshop; Austrian writer Ransmayr's first novel however is a stunning exception His second book The Last World was published here last year to critical acclaim The underlying concerns of this work are primarily literary creator vs creation history vs fiction the nature of metaphor etc but here they inform a singularly gri. How much of history is truth and how much of history is mythThis complicated and unanswerable uestion Christoph Ransmayr tries to pose in his highly intellectual and dark The Terrors of Ice and DarknessHow much of an explorer s journey is the new discoveries and how much of it is just imaginationAt first it was nothing than a game to try to reduce the circumstances of his disappearance to some sort of explanation any explanation But every clue yielded a new unanswered uestion uite involuntarily I found myself taking one step after the other Entering biographical details data and names into a kind of crossword puzzle until Mazzini became my downfall Cumulus clouds mirrored in a shop window became calving glaciers patches of old snow in city parks became great floes of ice The Arctic Ocean lay at my window Much the same thing must have happened to MazziniHow much of human life is reality and how much of it is metaphor Some lives are just poorly realistic and some are purely metaphoricWhile looking for the secrets of the past one may become lost in the present The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion is a stunning exception His second book The Last World was published here last year to critical acclaim The underlying concerns of this work are primarily literary creator vs creation history vs fiction the nature of metaphor etc but here they The Academy inform a singularly gri. How much of history Full Dark, No Stars is truth and how much of history If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, is mythThis complicated and unanswerable uestion Christoph Ransmayr tries to pose 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in his highly La ética de la crueldad intellectual and dark The Terrors of Ice and DarknessHow much of an explorer s journey 3052 is the new discoveries and how much of Mercator is just Pasos perdidos en Granada imaginationAt first Suffering and no suffering it was nothing than a game to try to reduce the circumstances of his disappearance to some sort of explanation any explanation But every clue yielded a new unanswered uestion uite Can We Live 150 Years? involuntarily I found myself taking one step after the other Entering biographical details data and names The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears into a kind of crossword puzzle until Mazzini became my downfall Cumulus clouds mirrored Robs Shiny Dumptruck in a shop window became calving glaciers patches of old snow Business English in city parks became great floes of Mama Glow is reality and how much of Fire in the Sky it olga spessivtzeva is metaphor Some lives are just poorly realistic and some are purely metaphoricWhile looking for the secrets of the past one may become lost ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! in the present

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Suing honor glory and other vanities endure two frigid winters when their ship is trapped in ice their beards freeze they are blinded by snow and ill with scurvy but the Bible is read every Sunday A century later men approach the icy expanse with snowmobiles and Walkmen undertaking selfinterested scientific projects This aggressively intelligent narrative transforms the polar regions into unusually fertile ground Publishers Weekly. whelp the ending was not bad i still dont know what to think of this actual review gets posted later after we discussed this stuff uni

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Pping tale A nameless and largely invisible narrator recounts the 1981 disappearance of one Josef Mazzini whose fascination with a 19th century polar expedition has pulled him north to the furthest arctic settlements Accounts of the two journeys intersect and diverge challenging the notion of history as linear seducing the reader with startlingly detailed descriptions of polar exploration Members of the 19th century expedition pur. Three linked stories of exploration intertwine here as an unidentified narrator researches the disappearance in 1981 of Josef Mazzini whose obsession with the Austrian explorer Julius Von Payer had brought him to the settlement of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island in the Arctic Payer a sub lieutenant in the Austrian army having adventured and explored in the Tyrolean Alps in the 1860s making than 60 ascents including several first ascents led the Austro Hungarian North Pole Expedition in 1872 which was both Manzinni and the narrator s interest This was an attempt at the Pole via the North East Passage along the Norwegian and Siberian coasts and during the journey he discovered Franz Joseph Land Much of the narrative is made up of uotations from the official log of the expedition and the diaries of individual crew members It s only the invented character of Mazzini that makes Ransmayr s book a novel The vivid descriptions of the Arctic and the use of the archives makes this read as a historical document would It s a fascinating tale of Polar exploration that deserves a place with the best and yet is surprisingly out of print available at OpenLibrary archiveorg


About the Author: Christoph Ransmayr

Born in Wels Upper Austria Ransmayr grew up in Roitham near Gmunden and the Traunsee From 1972 to 1978 he studied philosophy and ethnology in Vienna He worked there as cultural editor for the newspaper Extrablatt from 1978 to 1982 also publishing articles and essays in GEO TransAtlantik and Merian After his novel Die letzte Welt was published in 1988 he did extensive traveling in Ireland A



10 thoughts on “Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis

  1. says:

    How much of history is truth and how much of history is myth?This complicated and unanswerable uestion Christoph Ransmayr tries to pose in his highly intellectual and dark The Terrors of Ice and DarknessHow much of an explorer’s journey is the new discoveries and how much of it is just imaginationAt first it was nothing than a game to try to reduce the circumstances of his disappearance to some sort of explan

  2. says:

    This novel recounts the real life 1872 74 Imperial Austro Hungarian North Pole Expedition through actual journal and log entries italicized to set them apart They are connected by narration The Expedition discovers and names Franz Josef Land near the North Pole after their emperor The novel describes in excruciating deta

  3. says:

    the story of conuest and discovery of a drive within human nature to find what is out there to map to name and to understand whatever that means the emptiness of space as experienced in the 20th century the terror

  4. says:

    Three linked stories of exploration intertwine here as an unidentified narrator researches the disappearance in

  5. says:

    The northernmost point of Eurasia is located on Franz Josef Land an archipelago deep in the Arctic Ocean rather oddly named after an emperor of Austria Hungary once a country far to the south of those icy rocks Yet it was arguably Austrian and Italian sailors who first set eyes on this inhospitable place and liberally sprinkled references to

  6. says:

    I really liked this book both the narrative structure and the subject matter I'm fascinated by arctic exploration by what it takes to make a life or simply to survive in such inhospitable climes There was a time when I believed that if you had to die if it was your time say freezing to death might not be a bad way to go That was before I read this book Brrrr

  7. says:

    whelp the ending was not bad? i still dont know what to think of this actual review gets posted later after we discussed this stuff uni

  8. says:

    This is such a strange book Incredibly clever and thought provoking but also rather sad It's definitely a book that needs to be reread to be fully appreciated; the structure and Ransmayr's deconstruction of historical 'truth' merit particular

  9. says:

    The writing is difficult to get to grips with but otherwise a decent read

  10. says:

    Was supposed to read this in grad school for a German romanticism class and I never did but everyone in the class said how great it was Really i

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