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  • Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis
  • Christoph Ransmayr
  • English
  • 23 April 2017
  • 9780802134592

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CHARACTERS ´ Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis Christoph Ransmayr ¾ 1 CHARACTERS 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makes Ransmayr s book a novel The vivid descriptions of the Arctic and the use of the archives makes this read as a historical document would It s a fascinating tale of Polar exploration that deserves a place with the best and yet is surprisingly out of print available at OpenLibrary archiveorg

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Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis

CHARACTERS ´ Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis Christoph Ransmayr ¾ 1 CHARACTERS 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 I Love You Almost Always 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 Gloom Town 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 uinze dias glaciers patches of old snow in city parks became Cheating for the Chicken Man 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

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