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Atlas des îles abandonnées

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  2,361 Ratings  ·  362 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)
Dec 21, 2010 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 14, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
This is the anti-travel book. You've never been to these places, and if you know what's good for you, you never will. The author has never seen them, either. In fact, hardly any living person has been to these spots, and with good reason.

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
Thomas Strömquist
Feb 15, 2016 Thomas Strömquist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: Isidora
The mouse-over tooltip for five stars here on Goodreads reads "it was amazing" and seldom have I come across a book to fit the bill better. I was blown away by this wonderful atlas of islands already during the foreword. The imagery of the author at eight, traveling the world by tracing a route with her finger in her atlas and her mother advising her to "take the Panama canal, that's the shortest route" is powerful and very vivid. She brought her fascination with maps, atlases and islands in par ...more
Oct 06, 2014 ^ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with a sense of curiosity
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
Nov 19, 2015 Ints rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-2015, test
Nesen izlasīju vienu grāmatu par kartēm “Off the map”, kad biju viņu goodreads pareizi iegrāmatojis, man tika piedāvāts izlasīt arī šo grāmatu. Kartes ir mana vājība, nav tā, ka es būtu dikti uz viņām kritis, bet no atvērta atlanta mani ir grūti dabūt prom. Ja zina, ko ar viņām darīt, tad var iegūt daudz informācijas. Joka pēc papētīju arī šo grāmatu un sapratu, ka man viņu vajag un vajag tūlīt. Līdz tūlītam gan bija jāpaciešas trīs nedēļas, jo bookdepository pēdējā laikā izmanto gliemežu pastu, ...more
Jul 28, 2011 g rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2015 Isidora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fifty remote islands. The author didn't see them. I will probably never visit them. Every island has a story, beautiful like a fairy tale, and a beautiful map. This is a very good way to get through the winter.
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 genuinely a delightful book. And it’s such an original concept. I mean, how often do you think of islands? Really think of islands? Not very often? Me either.

Judith Schalansky however, has thought about islands a lot, and she shares it with the world in this beautiful book. Each island takes up two pages, one with a small description and one with a simple, but wonderful illustration of the island. The description is not a description per se, it’s more a selected story about the island i
Apr 24, 2016 Marianthi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fifty islands, fifty (dubious) stories; some mythological, others based on true facts, others not so much. All unique, all interesting, all extremely atmospheric and poignant. All stories that accompany beautiful cartography of places you will never visit indeed.

I can continue to list adjectives but all I have to say is that I enjoyed this book immensely.
You get to learn about specks of dust that are part of a universe so vast that it makes them, those teeny tiny places unimportant. Places that
Feb 14, 2017 Ochwey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Prostě krásné!
Nádherné obrázky ostrovů (protože mé kartografické srdce nemůže říct, že mapy, na to jsou kritéria!), a ty texty! Miluju takové zajímavosti o místech, a v této lyrické formě to bylo dokonalé. A navíc mě to nutilo dohledávat si další informace o ostrovech, a tak to má podle mě být.
Nov 13, 2010 Meaghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Flynn
Mar 27, 2012 Alex Flynn rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Rick Wilcox
Jun 09, 2013 Rick Wilcox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

“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
Jun 26, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars, read-2015
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
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
Dec 03, 2015 Araceli.libros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, owned, reviewed, 2016
Me gustó mucho! Es un libro muy bonito y muy interesante (si te interesa aprender sobre las islas más remotas e inhóspitas del mundo, y sobre los peculiares personajes que pusieron pie en ellas).
Pensé que sería una buena fuente de donde sacar ideas para historias, y no me equivoqué. Algunos de estos relatos verídicos me dejaron con la boca abierta. Es extraño cómo pueden reaccionar las personas cuando se encuentran conviviendo en una isla de apenas pocos km². Generalmente la cosa no termina bie
Jun 14, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art
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
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
Robert Vaughan
What drew me originally to this book is my utter fascination with maps, travel and islands. In fact, the day the book arrived, I'd already made a list of all of the islands I'd ever been to (not including lakes, or rivers!) and it was longer than I'd expected. I decided to look up one, off the northeastern coast of Australia called Hinchinbrook Island, which I visited in 1993. At the time I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, the only one on the island, a modern day Swiss Family Robinson experience! ...more
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
Jun 04, 2013 Ipsith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
César Viteri
Jan 16, 2016 César Viteri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2016, prestados
A través de relatos cortos y preciosos mapas, la autora recorre el globo a través de 50 islas remotas y extrañas. Cada isla recibe el mismo tratamiento y la misma extensión, dos páginas: una ficha descriptiva y un texto en la página izquierda, un mapa lleno de topónimos en la derecha.

Con eso consigue despertar nuestra imaginación, llevándonos a islas que nadie ha pisado, islas encontradas y luego perdidas, islas estadounidenses con nombres rusos. Hay varias islas llamadas "decepción" por marinos
May 24, 2011 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely, lovely, lovely book about tiny places in the middle of the oceans. Schalansky has researched the oddest stories about each place, and I would happily read a book about each of the events she describes. In fact, I hope someone will expand on some of these stories, the snippets here were not enough. The illustrations are so wonderful- old-fashioned and detailed and interesting. Topography done in modified pointillism. And the font & typesetting! Oh, how I love the type in thi ...more
Jim Nail
Apr 27, 2016 Jim Nail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this unique work, Judith Schalansky examines 50 real islands out there in the great oceans, transforming real information into poetry and mystery, each with the image of a map and a short prose piece sketching the strangeness and wonder of the place with brief suggestions and hidden lore. I wish I had the book in front of me now, so I could provide you with some examples. It's a book you need to own. You could read it in an hour or two but that wouldn't do it justice. You need to steep in it. ...more
Nov 17, 2010 Davy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, travel
A book to savor, to move through slowly, even decadently, like a summer afternoon spent on one of the islands chronicled within.

It's such a slim volume, but now that I'm done, my head feels like it will overflow with all these amazing stories from far-away lands. Each time I read another entry, I would search for the island on Google Earth, occasionally using the longitude & latitude coordinates listed in the island's profile. Once found, the satellite images and digital photos submitted by
Apr 21, 2011 Bennet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: explores

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
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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.” 13 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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