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Icebound : shipwrecked at the edge of the world / Andrea Pitzer.

Pitzer, Andrea, (author.).


"The human story has always been one of perseverance--often against remarkable odds. The most astonishing survival tale of all might be that of 16th-century Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew of sixteen, who ventured farther north than any Europeans before and, on their third polar exploration, lost their ship off the frozen coast of Nova Zembla to unforgiving ice. The men would spend the next year fighting off ravenous polar bears, gnawing hunger, and endless winter. In Icebound, Andrea Pitzer masterfully combines a gripping tale of survival with a sweeping history of the great Age of Exploration--a time of hope, adventure, and seemingly unlimited geographic frontiers. At the story's center is William Barents, one of the 16th century's greatest navigators whose larger-than-life ambitions and obsessive quest to chart a path through the deepest, most remote regions of the Arctic ended in both tragedy and glory. Journalist Pitzer did extensive research, learning how to use four-hundred-year-old navigation equipment, setting out on three Arctic expeditions to retrace Barents's steps, and visiting replicas of Barents's ship and cabin. "A visceral, thrilling account full of tantalizing surprises" (Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal), Pitzer's reenactment of Barents's ill-fated journey shows us how the human body can function at twenty degrees below, the history of mutiny, the art of celestial navigation, and the intricacies of building shelters. But above all, it gives us a first-hand glimpse into the true nature of human courage"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781982113346
  • ISBN: 1982113340
  • ISBN: 9781982113353
  • ISBN: 1982113359
  • Physical Description: xi, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-285) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
List of maps -- The open Polar Sea -- Off the edge of the map -- Death in the Arctic -- Sailing for the Pole -- Castaways -- The safe house -- The King of Nova Zembla -- The midnight sun and the false dawn -- Escape -- Staggering homeward -- Coda: The shores of Nova Zembla.
Subject: Barentsz, Willem, approximately 1550-1597 > Travel > Arctic regions.
Barentsz, Willem, approximately 1550-1597.
Discoveries in geography > Dutch.
Arctic regions > Discovery and exploration > Dutch.
Northeast Passage > Discovery and exploration > Dutch.
Novai͡a Zemli͡a (Russia) > Discovery and exploration > Dutch.
Arctic Ocean > Northeast Passage.
Arctic Regions.
Russia (Federation) > Novai͡a Zemli͡a.
Genre: Travel writing.

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