Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir - Jean McNeil

McNeil starts her achingly beautiful memoir of Antarctica with a glossary. But for all the definitions of frazile ice, sastrugi, and katabatic winds, the bottom of the world remains unfathomably otherworldly. By turns enchanting and terrifying, the Antarctic is “a utopia, an apocryphal vision, a conundrum. A hoax.” McNeil spent a summer there with the British Antarctic Survey, the only writer (and one of the few women) among the scientists. The closed community, extreme cold, and loss of time itself, with no sunsets to mark days from nights, pushed her to question everything she believed. It also ignited language as haunting as the aurora australis itself.

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ISBN: 9781770413184
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: ECW Press - March 1st, 2016