The Terrors of Ice and Darkness

The Terrors of Ice and Darkness 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 sec

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.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 gripping 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, pursuing 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

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The Terrors of Ice and Darkness

  1. 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, Asia, North and South America In 1994 he moved to West Cork, Ireland, as a friend offered him to lease a splendid house at the Atlantic coast for a very affordable rent, and also because of the artists exemption in the Irish income taxation In 1997 Ransmayr read his short story Die dritte Luft oder Eine B hne am Meer, written for this occasion, as keynote speech for the Salzburg Festival After his marriage in the Spring of 2006 Ransmayr returned to live in Vienna.

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  1. How much of history is truth and how much of history is myth This complicated and unanswerable question Christoph Ransmayr tries to pose in his highly intellectual and dark The Terrors of Ice and Darkness.How much of an explorer s journey is the new discoveries and how much of it is just imagination At 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 question Quite involu [...]

  2. 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 detail all the hardships they undergo being stuck in ice frostbite scurvy running out of food gangrene one seaman falling into a crevasse and his rescue before he freezes to deathP [...]

  3. the story of conquest 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 terrors of ice and darkness, have been experienced by explorers a century before in the vastness of the arctic ice the madness, to think something would be out there that matters, that knowing would make a difference the incredible heroism and the laughable pathos, converging in a vanis [...]

  4. In der Form perfekt, in Sachen Inhalt immer konsistent und fl ssig Ein Buch das fast erschreckend l ckenlos durchkomponiert und packend ist Erz hlt auf ungew hnliche Weise von einem ungew hnlichen Thema.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Appassionante racconto di due avventure folli, occorse a distanza di un secolo la prima la celebre epopea della spedizione polare austrungarica del 1872 1874, a bordo della Admiral Tegetthoff, che port alla scoperta della Terra di Francesco Giuseppe la seconda la vicenda di Josef Mazzini, lontano discendente di uno dei marinai della spedizione, che si propose di riviverne le avventure La prosa dell autore piuttosto efficace sia nel farci rivivivere il dramma vissuto dai protagonisti della prima [...]

  8. The author, working from logbooks and crew member journals and relying on his imagination to fill in the gaps, creates this essentially non fictional account of the scientifically somewhat pointless discovery of an arctic archipelago and the human suffering involved in this venture It is well worth a read, and though the interwoven story of a modern day well, 1980s actually Arctic voyage sometimes depresses a little, what with tongue tied, beer swilling miners and oceanographers, I enjoyed the s [...]

  9. I didn t knew that this book would fascinate me so much It s a wonderful novel about two arctic expeditions The first one in 1872 under direction of Weyprecht and Payer, which is based on real diary entries, the logbook and other writings, completed by Ransmeyer with fictional and philosophical elements Hundred years later the Italian Mazzini is following Weyprechts and Payers traces Ransmeyer is amalgamating fiction and history, which he is doing in an excellent way.While reading this amazing s [...]

  10. I had to read this for my migration literature class This book tells the stories of two different arctic expeditions On one path, we follow the Weyprecht Payer expedition that lead to the discovery of Franz Josef Land On the other, we follow the fictional journey of an Italian man named Mazzini who follows the footsteps of the Weyprecht expedition Both expeditions differ in goals Weyprecht desires scientific discovery while Mazzini desires self discovery The way in which the two stories connect [...]

  11. Dreadfully stupid and boring It tries to make up for its dullness with plenty of technical and descriptive language, which is not something a non native reader appreciates The less time I have to devote to a dictionary, the better Entire passages could have been cut without affecting the story in the least The book only tells a story It says nothing else I m confident it would be the same if I was a native German speaker I got the general idea.

  12. Ob das die richtige Lekt re f r den Winter ist Ransmayr erz hlt die Geschichte der sterreichisch ungarischen Polarexpedition, die das Franz Joseph Land entdeckt hat verkn pft mit der fiktiven Geschichte eines Fans , der auf den Spuren der Polarforscher im hohen Norden versch tt geht L sst sich schnittig lesen Beschreibungen von Polarn chten inklusive.

  13. Excellent historical novel about a nineteenth century polar expedition Fine use of primary sources quotes, art Vivid descriptions of Arctic landscapes, personal suffering.A modern story counterpoints the expedition narrative, and is interesting for a while A young man in the 20th century obsesses over the Austro Hungarian North Pole Expedition, follows its tracks, then disappears.

  14. This is a beautiful account of the Payer Weyprecht Imperial Austro Hungarian polar expedition that hovers between novel and biography It is detailed tribute to the heroic age of polar exploration and illuminates both the convenience and loss of spirit brought about by late 20th century technological progress.

  15. Ein hervorragendes und kurzweiliges Lesevergn gen f r jeden, der sich f r Abenteuer und Entdeckungen begeistern kann Ransmayr kompiliert die Tage und Logbuchaufzeichnungen der sterreichisch Ungarischen Nordpolarexpedition 1872 1874 mit den Erlebnissen eines jungen Mannes, der sich mehr als einhundert Jahre sp ter auf die Spuren derselben begibt.

  16. Awesome For a fan of fiction AND especially the Artic Antarctic Explorers an easily likable book The whole structure a story inside a story following a historic event is a bit complicated and constructed, but does not deter too much from the characterisation of the characters and the influence of the isolation in the ice on their psyche.

  17. I like and don t like this writerThere s something about the way he tells a story that I find boring, but his ideas and structures are so interesting that I soldier on The historical half of this story was amazing and became very real to me.

  18. Another great novel by Ransmayr I loved the use of letters and diaries as part of the narrative, as well as the multilevel narrative of obsession an obsessed journalist narrating the obsessions of Arctic explorers Fascinating read

  19. Eine sterreichisch ungarische Nordpolexpedition ja, gab s denn so was Ja 1872 Christoph Ransmayr erz hlt diese abenteuerliche Reise ans Ende der Welt in seinem Roman Nicht ganz einfach zu lesen, langwierig wie die Expedition selbst, schwerm tig und doch ungemein fesselnd.

  20. In spite of the lack of time in my life it was a great story about travels, brave people and destiny Have you ever read it There are a lot of lands, Norway, Arctic, some famous travelers and sailors If your soul is close to the movement, it s worth reading

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