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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Thursday 06/June/2019 - 09:32 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh
From the best-selling، award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways، a haunting voyage into the planet’s past and future.

Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal)، Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland، he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth، literature، memory، and the land itself.

In this highly anticipated sequel to his international bestseller The Old Ways، Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness، burial، and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through “deep time”―the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present―he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future، from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap، from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris، and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk “hiding place” where nuclear waste will be stored for 100،000 years to come. “Woven through Macfarlane’s own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers، artists، cavers، divers، mourners، dreamers، and murderers، all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls “the awful darkness within the world.”

Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power، Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. Taking a deep-time view of our planet، Macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: “Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth?” Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane’s long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion، it is a journey into wonder، loss، fear، and hope. At once ancient and urgent، this is a book that will change the way you see the world.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Author: Robert Macfarlane
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 4، 2019)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches

About the Author
Robert Macfarlane is the author of best-selling، prize-winning books about nature، place، and people، including Mountains of the Mind، The Old Ways، Landmarks، and (with Jackie Morris) The Lost Words. In 2017 he was awarded the E. M. Forster Prize for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Cambridge، England، where he is a fellow of Cambridge University.

Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com Review
An Amazon Best Book of June 2019: Heads-up to your inner Gilgamesh: "The way into the underland is through the riven trunk of an old ash tree." Starting with that sentence، Robert Macfarlane begins an exploration of the world beneath our feet. Where his earlier book The Old Ways explored landscape and its effects on human experience، Underland dives into catacombs، caves، nuclear waste facilities، and the land beneath Greenland's shrinking ice cap to delve into the darker recesses of our imaginations، a place where artists، adventurers، and criminals have traveled، willingly and otherwise. Expanding his journey into the realm of "deep time"—a parallel expanse of past and future almost unimaginable to human intellect، but also irresistible to contemplate—Macfarlane takes us from the moment of creation into a post-human future، one that might be better off without us. Add its stunning jacket by Stanley Donwood (who creates Radiohead album covers in his spare hours)، Underland is a one-of-a-kind book، deeply thoughtful، richly written، and infinitely rewarding. —Jon Foro، Amazon Book Review

“An excellent book―fearless and subtle، empathic and strange.” - Dwight Garner، The New York Times

“Reading Macfarlane connects us to dazzling new worlds. It's a connection that brings، more than anything else، joy.” - Barbara J. King

“Profound in every sense of the word.” - Richard Powers

“The king of the new nature writers returns with one of the year’s most anticipated books.” - The Guardian

“An eye-opening، lyrical، and even moving exploration.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Astonishing…A powerful، epic journey for anyone wondering about the world below and all around us and، perhaps more important، for those who aren’t.” - Booklist (starred review)

“A gifted storyteller and poetic writer…Wherever [Macfarlane] travels، he enhances our sense of wonder.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A sterling book.” - Library Journal (starred review)

“Robert Macfarlane’s writing reminds us of the astonishing variety of things you can see when you go at walking speed، and of how strange and rich the world is.” - Philip Pullman

“Beautifully written and wise، this haunting book is a treasure by one of earth’s keenest celebrants. Its unique spell is irresistible.” - Diane Ackerman

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