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Atlas des îles abandonnées

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,561 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Un inventaire qui rassemble 50 îles lointaines et inaccessibles, disséminées sur les océans du monde. Histoire, sciences naturelles, anecdotes inattendues, personnages et animaux étranges, aventures de marins et d'explorateurs, etc. : l'ouvrage décrit les trésors que renferment ces lieux.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Flammarion (first published 2009)
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Jennifer It depends on the type of book you are looking for. It was not what I expected, but I enjoyed the book. It gives short stories, poems, historical…moreIt depends on the type of book you are looking for. It was not what I expected, but I enjoyed the book. It gives short stories, poems, historical thoughts on each islands along with the artwork. There are numerous reviews right here on Goodreads that will give you all kinds of opinions and in depth opinions.(less)
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Brendon Schrodinger
On a wonderfully warm and cloudless winter solstice day I took this volume on a picnic and was engrossed for a few hours with the beautiful maps and the equally beautiful stories that accompanied them. While Judith Schalansky proves to be another of my fellow map nerds along with Simon Garfield and Ken Jennings, Judith's history has a unique slant on the usual type of nerdery.

Judith grew up in East Germany during the late 80's and early 90's. So her primary school years were filled with communis
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 12, 2011 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All dreamers, travelers, and writers
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. I wish it was twice as long. It has a beautiful introduction full of thoughts on travel and what it is that draws people to remote places. The majority of the book is two-page segments where the island's map is on one side and the other has basic information on it (when it was "discovered," how many people inhabit it, important moments in its history) as well as a narrative. That was my favorite part. It might have a legend, a historical moment, a disc ...more
L'Isola di Pasqua si conferma l'isola che bramo visitare.
Ripongo nella libreria, dove avrà sempre un posto speciale.
Per ricordare che ci sono sempre luoghi inesplorati, e che si deve navigare al largo, non nelle pozze d'acqua che ristagna.
Grazie Babbo Natale
It came in a box with another book and a CD, delivered to my front porch and awaiting me Friday night. At first look, it seemed scant. A large-type introduction, as if to exaggerate the number of pages. Some maps of islands with brief written observations on the facing page. I read a few. Cute, but I was already in the middle of a novel I was really enjoying and this could wait on a coffee table, where maybe it would belong.

Came Saturday morning, and the novel stood next to the Atlas. My hand fl
Physically, this is a very lovely book. In concept it is surely a contender for the ultimate expression of armchair journalism on Earth?

The proportions and weight of this book makes it deeply satisfying to hold. I love the very feel of the paper; the minimal palette of colour; the (frustratingly unspecified) fonts used to set the texts. In relief, each island is positioned on a background of water-cool pale greyish-blue; annotated with bays and settlements, points and capes, lesser islands, san
This book drove me crazy. The author includes fifty islands, most unfamiliar to a general audience (Iwo Jima and Easter Island are the only ones I recognized). Each spread includes information like the island's name, area, number of residents, etymology of the name, parent country, distance from other locations, timeline of major events, a small map of where island is in relation to major continents, and a larger map of the island itself. The brief text that accompanies this is liable to go in a ...more
Courtney Johnston
Envy is not a pretty emotion. It makes you feel empty, and small. Thankfully my delight in Judith Schalansky's 'Atlas of Remote Islands' was great enough to overwhelm the occasional twinge of envy that she, and not I, has made something that I find so utterly covetable. (Made worse, let's be honest, when I just discovered that she's a year younger than me).

Of course, I couldn't have created this book: it grows entirely out of Schalansky's own self. Her discovery of the household atlas as an eigh
This is beautifully written and well-nigh impossible to categorize. It's not a travel book. It's not a conventional atlas. There's a lot of history in here, but it's not a history book either. The book contains maps of fifty of the world's most isolated islands and one-page vignettes to accompany each one. Usually, but not always, these vignettes tell of some event in the island's history. The author is able to make each story absolutely fascinating and I am thirsty for more. Unfortunately she h ...more
Dip into this lovely small atlas anywhere and enjoy the fruits of Schalansky’s many years’ labor cataloging, mapping, labeling “Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will.” The drawings have a timeline and scale; they are labelled with longitude and latitude and are pinpointed on a globe. Each drawn island has contour with shading showing mountains, water, and plains. Each location sports a short introductory essay often including reports related by the earliest discoverers, or seafaring me ...more
Wendy van Deurzen
Prachtig boek! Het begint met een inspirerende en mooi geschreven inleiding, die je al meteen nieuwsgierig maakt naar de rest van het boek. Bij elk eiland staat het aantal inwoners, de afstanden tot nabijgelegen eilanden of andere plaatsen, en een tijdslijn met de 'hoogtepunten' van het eiland (zoals het jaar van ontdekking). Verrassend is dat per eiland telkens op de ene pagina een verhaal wordt verteld, en dat op de andere pagina een tekening van het eiland staat.
Het verhaal dat verteld wordt
Rick Wilcox

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
~ St. Augustine

As a literary wonk who has traveled the world and grown with each adventure, I have found particular delight in "Atlas of Remote Islands", a marvelous book by Judith Schalansky.

Beautiful in both aesthetics and word-craft, each page introduces the reader to one of 50 islands that have been placed like jewels by God on our rich and eclectic planet.

She says “The absurdity of reality is lost on the large land masses
Alex Flynn
Mar 30, 2012 Alex Flynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marc McGee
An amazing work that is a testament to the possibilities of the book as both an object as well as a medium. It is as much visual art as it is narrative, containing fabulously composed pages, with hand drawn maps and typography developed by the author. I found the book randomly while writing in the library one day and was intrigued by the title, specifically the subheading “Fifty Islands I have never set foot on and never will”. Who would write such an atlas? Why would they be intrigued by these ...more
I love this book. Every part of it is exquisitely designed, and every part of it is a pleasure to look at. The cover is gorgeous, the margins and layout of the map pages are beautiful, so are the inside covers -- nothing is unintentional. Even the design of the 24 page text at the beginning -- it's large like in children's books, while she's talking about her childhood and faraway places, the feeling of how large the world is -- she toys visually with the idea of scale. If you see the book and t ...more
This book attracted me because of two traits of mine. Firstly Wanderlust; I have a thing for maps and reading or watching documentaries about places, but rarely seem to go anywhere! And secondly the fact that often I am just pretty much a loner. So I had to order it in to my library right away. I knew it was a ‘literary atlas’ from the get go, something the part of my brain that loves knowledge could love while enjoy good creative writing, sounds perfect! Unfortunately, it’s not.

I was left rathe
What is it? It’s a blue hardcover containing hand-drawn maps of fifty super-isolated islands, paired with a page of text about each. It’s also a collection of fifty prose poems. And a quest for the loneliest places in the world. And a testament to the transformative power of maps.
You can read it in an hour. Or a month. It contains lots of lines like: “Here in Neptunes Bellows, at the gates of hell, in the jaws of the dragon, the waves crash interminably”. Or, “ They soak the rock-hard leather in
The concept is fascinating: each island is drawn in exquisite detail in black, white, and orange (for cities and roads) and stranded on an expanse of pale blue. The layout evokes the isolation, the constant threat of the ocean. On the facing page is a small bit of factual information about the island: size, population, name, language, latitude & longitude, distances from three nearest land masses, and a timeline of its discovery. Below that is the text of the book, a single paragraph telling ...more

Happened upon this at the library and read it in an afternoon to pass the time in otherwise tedious waiting rooms. It is a lovely read. Everything about the language charms, most of all the odd and enchanting details that describe the islands. As words go, I got just what I was expecting and hoping for in an atlas of remote islands: magical and curious glimpses of far-flung and marginal places, whose appeal is their isolation and mystery.

But I was disappointed in the graphic presentation. I fou
This is an elegant little atlas of islands around 5 km wide, with numerous fascinating histories of the strange things that have happened there. The typography and cartography are wonderful to behold. Sadly, the entire book is undermined by the complete lack of citations. You can't tell the story of a European who inexplicably spoke some Polynesian language, met a woman who spoke the same language natively, and then married her and left for the island without citing some sources. Without citatio ...more
Bei einem Format von knapp 12x17cm kann der Begriff Taschenatlas wörtlich genommen werden. Judith Schalansky, inzwischen bekannt für ihre sorgfältig editierten Bücher, versammelt hier in einheitlichem Maßstab 50 Inseln, von denen einige besonders Lesern bekannt sein dürften. Zu jeder Insel gibt es Bezeichnungen in verschiedenen Sprachen, Größe, Einwohnerzahl, Entfernung zu den nächsten Nachbarn, auf einem Zeitstrahl das Jahr ihrer Entdeckung und wozu die Insel ihren Entdeckern einmal diente. Auf ...more
Zach Holz
This is one of those books that succeeds by leaving things out.

Schalansky does something really skillful here: rather than satiating all curiosity about these 50 islands, in an encyclopedic/almanaic fashion, she instead writes these lovely, impressionistic glimpses of these remote islands -- their natural and (usually brief) social histories, individual stories of forgotten explorers, mysteries. The narratives that accompanied the each of the islands did what the best short stories do: intimate
"Een eiland is een theatrale ruimte: alles wat hier gebeurt, wordt bijna vanzelf gecomprimeerd tot verhalen, tot kamerspelen in het niets, tot literaire stof. Kenmerkend voor deze vertellingen is dat waarheid en verdichtsel niet meer uiteen te houden zijn, dat realiteit gefictionaliseerd en fictie gerealiseerd wordt." (p.19

Het grootste deel van een reis gebeurt in je hoofd, of je nu onderweg bent, ver weg, of net dichtbij, zittend in je eigen leunstoel, het reizen vindt plaats in gedachten. Onde
Emeraldia Ayakashi
A rich book, beautiful and full of discovery.
Are you curious ? you like to discover things on topics that you would not have thought ? you love beautiful books ? those who carry you away? you are an explorer in you?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, this book is for you.
Fifty island are presented here. On the right, the island is mapped, gray / orange lost amidst all this beautiful blue. On the left is a series of information: resituation on the globe, the nearest land, ch
Pasteurisiert mit 4.5 von 5 Sternen. Fünfzig kleine, abgelegene Inseln und ihre Anekdoten. Ein Gute-Nacht-Geschichten Buch.

Judith Schalansky's unkonventioneller Atlas erhielt den Designpreis 2011und wurde damit zum "Schönsten deutschen Buch 2009" deklariert. Der Mare-Verlag produziert eine Reihe von Büchern ähnlicher Qualität. Das schöne Buch "Tiefsee" wartet bereits im Bücherregal auf mich. Der Atlas von Judith macht ebenso wie das Buch "Tiefsee" alleine schon deshalb neugierig, weil Schrift un
Jocelyn Koehler
This book is as lovely as it is hard to categorize. Judith Schalansky chronicles 50 islands all over the globe, offering deceptively dry factual information like location, size and significant years of in each island’s history. But readers hoping for a travel guide will be bitterly disappointed. Flipping through the pages, you may be lulled into thinking that this is an easy book to read. The text is as spare as the graphics. But as you fall into a description of an island, you start to wonder h ...more
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In the intro to the “Atlas of Remote Islands” (Penguin) author Judith Schalansky proclaims this as a book of “fifty islands that I have never set foot on and never will.” With what seems like a travel limitation is actually more of a warning. Schalansky, who grew up learning about the world through atlases from her post in East Germany, warns readers about some islands that are so small, so isolated that they are havens for rampant crime and abuses such that visitors may feel trapped by their su ...more

3 Stars

So first thing’s first: this is a beautiful, wonderful book and the three stars up there reflect my experience reading it much more than they do the quality of the book itself. It’s a gorgeous, quirky, little book. Fifty islands from around the world: on one page a detailed map, on the opposite page a few basic facts and a little vignette about an event in the island’s history. I loved, loved, loved the idea when I first picked it up and flicked through it in the bookshop, and there’s not
Ich hatte für dieses Buch ganz hohe Erwartungen. Ich bin doch gerade der Typ, der sich mithilfe einer Karte stundenlang in Träumereien verliert. Wie wäre das wohl, auf diesem kleinen Fleck da zu wohnen? Jeden Tag könnte ich von hier bis da wandern und mir das Meer anschauen. So ungefähr.

Schön ist das Buch auf jeden Fall! Die Schriftart, die Farben, die gesamte Gestaltung... Ganz einfach, da könnte man sogar "minimal" sagen, aber sehr artistisch. Jeder, der dieses Buch bemerkt muss es anfassen u
Suchen ist seliger denn Finden
Reiseführer sind schrecklich langweilig. Jeder Schritt ist vorgedacht, jede Eckenumrundung geplant, jeder mögliche Fund wird als "Geheimtipp" einem riesigen Leserkreis bekannt gemacht. Das Abenteuer der Reise wird zum Abhaken einer Liste von vorgekauten Sehenswürdigkeiten.

Ganz anders dieses wunderbare kleine Bändchen. Das ist das genaue Gegenteil des "pass mal auf, ich sag Dir, wie das dort ist". Die Texte, kurz, knapp, manchmal fragmentarisch, immer aber irgendwie
Atlas of Remote Islands is a unique, beautiful little book. It starts out with an introduction in which the author describes her childhood love for atlases. She beautifully describes the wondrous process of discovering and imagining all the places around the world in which she will never set foot. The introduction is followed by maps and a short vignettes about fifty different remote islands. The author states in her introduction that everything is based upon extensive research of rare texts and ...more
Mahmoud Haggui
once I finished it, I was astonished by a question that, can I be consumed by PDF books? Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, subtitled Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will, is one of the best books I've ever read so it combines historic, Geologic and political information about Fifty isolated islands. Moreover, I like how she perfectly chose the diction. the word island in literature might refer to heaven and the ideal state, and may mean imprisonment.
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Judith Schalansky studied Art History at the FU Berlin and Communication Design at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. After finishing her studies in 2007 she taught Typographic Basics at the Fachhochschule Potsdam until 2009.
Her first publication was the typographic compendium Fraktur mon Amour. From then she switched more to writing books for which she also did the graphical design. In 2008 she debuted
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“Consulting maps can diminish the wanderlust that they awaken,as the act of looking at them can replace the act of travel. But looking at maps is much more than an act of aesthetic replacement. Anyone who opens an atlas wants everything at once, without limits--the whole world. This longing will always be great, far greater than any satisfaction to be had by attaining what is desired. Give me an atlas over a guidebook any day. There is no more poetic book in the world.” 4 likes
“Le carte geografiche sono astratte e allo stesso tempo concrete, e nonostante pretendano di essere oggettive, non offrono una riproduzione della realtà, bensì una sua ardita interpretazione.” 1 likes
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