Atlas of an Anxious Man

Christoph Ransmayr

Translated by Simon Pare


6 x 9 inches, 336pp. January 2016

ISBN : 9780857423146

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In The Atlas of an Anxious Man, Christoph Ransmayr offers a mesmerizing travel diary—a sprawling tale of earthly wonders seen by a wandering eye. This is an exquisite, lyrically told travel story.

Translated by Simon Pare, this unique account follows Ransmayr across the globe: from the shadow of Java’s volcanoes to the rapids of the Mekong and Danube Rivers, from the drift ice of the Arctic Circle to Himalayan passes, and on to the disenchanted islands of the South Pacific. Ransmayr begins again and again with, \\\'I saw. . .\\\' recounting to the reader the stories of continents, eras, and landscapes of the soul. Like maps, the episodes come together to become a book of the world—one that charts the life and death, happiness and fate of people bound up in images of breathtaking beauty.

Born in Wels in upper Austria, Christoph Ransmayr grew up in Roitham. From 1972 to 1978, he studied philosophy and ethnology in Vienna, where he later worked as cultural editor for the newspaper Extrablatt, also publishing articles and essays in Geo, TransAtlantik and Merian. He has travelled extensively in Ireland, Asia, North and South America. He is the author of The Terrors of Ice and Darkness (1991), The Last World (1991) and The Dog King (1997), among others. He has won several literary awards including the Franz Kafka Prize (1995) and the Bertolt Brecht Literature Prize (2004).   


Simon Pare is a translator from French and German who lives in Paris. His translations include Wolfgang Buscher’s Asian Absences: Searching for Shangri La (2011), Anuar Benmalek’s Abduction (2012) and Richard von Schirach’s The Night of Physicists: Operation Epilson; Heisenberg, Hahn, Weizsäcker and the German Bomb (2014).

German Studies