Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes

Christoph Ransmayr

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

Austria
German
Fiction
2012

A well-told world atlas. Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes (published in English as Atlas of an Anxious Man) is a unique tale divided up into seventy episodes through continents, time, and landscapes of the human soul. ‘I saw … ,’ begins the narrator after each short pause to catch his breath, only to lead his audience into the farthest and closest corners of the Earth: into the shade created by the volcanoes of Java, into the Arctic pack ice, the rapids of the Mekong and the Danube, over the summits in the Himalayas, and to the most disenchanted islands of the South Sea. Like little maps, the episodes form a world atlas that showcases in breath-taking images the life and death, luck and destiny of the people who are mapped out.

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