Atlas of an Anxious Man
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.
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.
‘This is a portrait of the novelist as an active man. As Ransmayr hikes, swims, cycles, fishes, camps and drives through Europe, Asia and South America, he seeks and comes across people, animals, plants, buildings and myths that reveal something essential about the inner life of a place. In the pages of Atlas, it seems as if the writer’s interior and exterior lives have come together to exchange notes after their own expeditions.’ —Scroll
‘Atlas of an Anxious Man is far from your usual travel-account, but it's an impressive collection of scenes of the contemporary world—the almost-asides of the often everyday, which are in fact often quite extraordinary.’ —Complete Review
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