A Woman in the Polar Night

Christiane Ritter

A Woman in the Polar Night
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Christiane Ritter

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

With an Introduction by Lawrence Millman
215 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2010
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781602231009 Published July 2010 For sale in USA only

For most of us, the Arctic conjures up images of freezing and forsaken solitude. Hence, Austrian painter Christiane Ritter was at best ambivalent when her husband asked her to join him on the small Arctic island of Spitsbergen in a tarpaulin-covered hut sixty miles from the nearest neighbor. Yet his descriptions were filled not with cold and hardship but tales of remarkable wildlife, alluring light shows, and treks over water and ice. Won over, Ritter joined her husband and grew to love life on this small isle off Norway's coast, and in this charming memoir she describes her experiences, with insight and wry humor. Whether or not you ever plan a trip to the Arctic, A Woman in the Polar Night offers thoughtful reflections on isolation and the place the natural world holds in the human psyche.

"An unpretentious but arresting book about life south of nowhere."—Time
Introduction by Lawrence Millman

1    The Beckoning Arctic
2    Outward Bound
3    First Days in the Wilderness
4    Mikkl
5    By Boat into the Interior
6    The Earth Sinks into Shadow
7    Alone in the Hut
8    Peace after the Storm
9    Night Falls
10  The Bewitching Polar Night
11  The Unending Darkness
12  The Pack Ice and the First Bear
13  A Dead Land
14  A Hunter Brings the Mail
15  A Trip to Reindeerland
16  The Fight for Vitamins
17  Spring on the Ice
18  Spoilt for Europe
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