Atlas of an Anxious Man

Christoph Ransmayr

Atlas of an Anxious Man

Christoph Ransmayr

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Simon Pare
336 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $27.50 ISBN: 9780857423146 Published February 2016 World sales rights except India
In The Atlas of an Anxious Man, Christoph Ransmayr offers a mesmerizing travel diary—a sprawling tale of earthly wonders seen by a wandering eye. This is an exquisite, lyrically told travel story.

Translated by Simon Pare, this unique account follows Ransmayr across the globe: from the shadow of Java’s volcanoes to the rapids of the Mekong and Danube Rivers, from the drift ice of the Arctic Circle to Himalayan passes, and on to the disenchanted islands of the South Pacific. Ransmayr begins again and again with, “I saw. . .” recounting to the reader the stories of continents, eras, and landscapes of the soul. Like maps, the episodes come together to become a book of the world—one that charts the life and death, happiness and fate of people bound up in images of breathtaking beauty.

“One of the German language’s most gifted young novelists.”—Library Journal, on The Terrors of Ice and Darkness
Contents
Far-Off Land
Islas Sala y Gómez, Chile

Territorial
China

Herzfeld 
Brazil

The Celestial Bridge
Morocco

Dealth in Seville 
Spain

Ghosts
Iceland

A City Extinguished 
Greece

On the Edge of the Wilderness
Austria 

Attempting to Fly
New Zealand

The Peacock
India

The Attack
Nepal

Air Raid
Bolivia

Wild Beach
Brazil

Man on Riverbank
Austria

The Master of Heroes
Greece

Way oo the Cross
USA

Visit from Afar
Mexico

A Change of Resting-Place
Isla Robinsón, Chile

By-Catch
Ireland

In the Deep
Dominican Caribbean

Queen of the Wild
Brazil

The Handover
Laos

Farewell
Austria

In Space
New Zealand

Teeing off at the North Pole
Russian Arctic

Homecoming 
Canada

Current 
Cambodia

The Angel’s Work
Czech Republic 

In the Forest of Pillars
Turkey

The Beauty of Darkness
Austria

Falling Out of the Night
India

The Pianist 
Japan

Fortune and the Pacific Ocean
Chile

The Rules of Paradise
Pitcairn, South Pacific

The Mere Shadow of a Rescue
Mauritius

The Undead
Russia

Visitor to Parliament
Germany

Naked Man in the Shade
Greece

A Shark in the Desert
Yemen

Blood
Austria 

Arc of Light
Australia 

Second Birthday
Russian Arctic

The Ice God 
Ireland

The Preacher
Poland

A Photographer 
Dominican Republic 

Pacífico, Atlántico
Costa Rica

Love in Vain
Sumatra, Indonesia

White Sunday
Austria

Fisher Girl
Nepal

The Threat
Malaysia

Under Suspicion
South Africa

The Chinese Vase
Chile

Calligraphers
China

Pilgrims
Sri Lanka

Consoler of the Distressed
Austria

The Tenor
Kola Peninsula, Russia

Man without Sun
Ireland

Slow Motion
Costa Rica

The Monitor Hunter 
Java, Indonesia

Storm Damage
Austria

Armageddon
Hong Kong, China

The Sheepdog
Turkey

In the Shadow of the Birdman
Easter Island, Chile

Hunting Scenes
Paraguay

The Writer
Tibet

Breaking the Law
Bali, Indonesia

Silent Night
Sri Lanka 

Girl in a Winter Storm
Austria

Arrival
Nepal
Review Quotes
Times Literary Supplement
“Whatever the future may hold—and this is a book ruled by the past tense—it will emerge from the beautiful wreckage Ransmayr describes in these seventy tales: a world of ruins, haunted by failure and littered with the bodies of the dead, human and animal alike. Several of the vignettes evoke writing on a wall. We have no reason for arrogance, the author suggests, and little cause for hope. . . . Pare’s translation is lithe and assured. . . . Ransmayr casts a magisterial eye over a suffering world: the atlas he compiles is one in which awe at the splendour of the planet is tempered by sorrow at what has become of it.”
Northwest Review of Books
Atlas of an Anxious Man is a record of the extraordinary things that can happen to a person if he steps out into the world with his eyes and mind open. It is an evocative and haunting book, a masterpiece of multiple genres by a writer unlike any other. Ransmayr is one of Austria’s most accomplished novelists, but his work is relatively unknown outside of Europe. With this excellent translation by Pare, there is hope that Ransmayr will start to receive the attention he deserves.”
Complete Review
 “Atlas of an Anxious Man is far from your usual travel-account, but it's an impressive collection of scenes of the contemporary world -- the almost-asides of the often everyday, which are in fact often quite extraordinary. Recommended.”
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