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When John Fowles reviewed Of Wolves and Men, he called it “A remarkable book, both biologically absorbing and humanly rich, and one that should be read by every concerned American.” In this National Book Award–shortlisted work, literary master Barry Lopez guides us through the world of the wolf and our often-mistaken perceptions of another species’ place on our shared planet. Throughout the centuries, the wolf has been a figure of fascination and mystery, and a major motif in literature and myth. Inspiring fear and respect, the creature has long exerted a powerful influence on the human imagination. Of Wolves and Men takes the reader into the world of the Canis lupus and its relationship to humankind through the ages. Lopez draws on science, history, mythology, and his own field research to present a compelling portrait of wolves both real and imagined, dispelling our fear of them while celebrating their place in our history, legends, and hearts. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
'Horizon is magnificent; a contemporary epic' Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland
From the author of the classic Arctic Dreams comes a vivid recollection of his travels around the world and the encounters that shaped an extraordinary life.
Taking us nearly from pole to pole - from modern megacities to some of the earth's most remote regions - Barry Lopez gives us his most far-ranging and personal work. Spanning decades of travel, Horizon describes journeys to six regions of the world: from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica.
Lopez also probes the history of humanity's quests and explorations, from prehistoric expeditions to today's ecotourism. He takes us to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe, via friendships with scientists, archaeologists, artists and local residents, in a book that makes us see the world differently. It is the crowning achievement of one of the world's best travel writers.
'The greatest nature writer in the world ... He is also the greatest travel writer ... [an] astounding new memoir' Sunday Times
Una obra vívida y poética que recuerda los viajes alrededor del mundo y los encuentros humanos, animales y naturales que han dado forma a una vida extraordinaria.
Llevándonos casi de polo a polo, desde las megaciudades modernas a algunas de las regiones más remotas de la Tierra, y durante décadas de experiencia vivida, Barry Lopez ofrece su trabajo más extenso y personal hasta la fecha, en un libro que se mueve de manera indeleble, a través de sus viajes, entre seis regiones del mundo: desde el oeste de Oregón hasta el Alto Ártico, desde Galápagos hasta el desierto de Kenia, desde la bahía de Botany, en Australia, hasta las plataformas de hielo de la Antártida. Mientras, Lopez también investiga la larga historia de las búsquedas y exploraciones de la humanidad, incluidos los pueblos prehistóricos que cruzaron la isla de Skræling, en el norte de Canadá, los colonizadores que saquearon el África central, un inglés de la época de la Ilustración que navegó por el Pacífico, un emisario nativo americano que encontró su camino en el aislamiento de Japón y los ecoturistas de hoy en los trópicos.
A lo largo de sus viajes a algunos de los lugares más cálidos, fríos y desolados del mundo, y a través de las amistades que forja en el camino con científicos, arqueólogos, artistas y residentes locales, Lopez busca el significado y el propósito en un mundo roto. Un trabajo épico y revelador que expresa preocupación y frustración a la vez que ofrece humanidad y esperanza.
Simbolo spirituale per i nativi indiani, cacciatore alla pari per gli eschimesi, ricettacolo di paure irrazionali per molti popoli, il lupo occupa un posto speciale nel nostro immaginario. Da sempre il suo rapporto con l'uomo è un rapporto complesso, fatto di paura e di ostilità, ma anche di sorprendenti affinità. Con grande competenza, sensibilità e passione, Barry Lopez, il più grande scrittore americano di natura, traccia un ritratto inedito di questo straordinario animale. Ci conduce in un appassionante viaggio alla scoperta dei suoi comportamenti, della sua psicologia, della complessa struttura sociale del branco e del difficile rapporto con l'uomo. Ne emerge un ritratto a tutto tondo, considerato ormai negli Stati Uniti un classico, dedicato a uno degli animali più temuti, perseguitati e affascinanti che popolano la terra.
«Mentre scrivo, mi trovo in una piccola baita a qualche chilometro da Fairbanks, in Alaska. Fuori, a trenta gradi sotto zero, al solo tocco dell’accetta la legna per la stufa si spacca letteralmente in due. Quando esco nella luce grigia del giorno, riesco a vedere in lontananza attraverso la taiga. Dovreste essere qui. Nel cuore dell’inverno sembra tutto immobile. Guadagnarsi da vivere è estremamente difficile, eppure il lupo mangia. Caccia nell’oscurità, si tiene al caldo. Qui, ci vive.
È possibile guardare un lupo grigio nella neve del crepuscolo invernale e non vederlo affatto. Potreste pensare che vi stia prendendo in giro; non è così.
Ho attraversato il Dakota, il Montana e il Wyoming. Ho letto ciò che gli uomini pensavano del lupo centinaia di anni fa, ho consultato gli archivi di associazioni storiche sui lupi fuorilegge e sugli indiani, ho partecipato a studi di biologi sul campo, insieme agli eschimesi. Ho parlato con persone che amavano i lupi e con altre che li odiavano. Il lupo esercita una forte influenza sull’immaginario umano. Carpisce il nostro sguardo per poi restituircelo. Gli indiani credevano che qualcuno, una volta, avesse cercato di trasformare tutti gli animali in uomini, ma solo una cosa era riuscito e rendere umana: gli occhi del lupo».
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'A master nature writer' (New York Times) provides the ultimate natural, social and cultural history of the Arctic landscape.
The author of Horizon's classic work explores the Arctic landscape and the hold it continues to exert on our imagination.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT MACFARLANE
Lopez's journey across our frozen planet is a celebration of the Arctic in all its guises. A hostile landscape of ice, freezing oceans and dazzling skyscapes. Home to millions of diverse animals and people. The stage to massive migrations by land, sea and air. The setting of epic exploratory voyages.
In crystalline prose, Lopez captures the magic of the Arctic: the essential mystery and beauty of a continent that has enchanted man's imagination and ambition for centuries.
'The Arctic dreamland seen and described by a writer of rare perception and poetic descriptive power... The pages sparkle with Arctic light' Scotsman
“The nation’s premier nature writer” travels to a landscape at once barren and beautiful, perilous and alluring, austere yet teeming with vibrant life, and shot through with human history (San Francisco Chronicle). The Arctic has for centuries been a destination for the most ambitious explorers—a place of dreams, fears, and awe-inspiring spectacle. This “dazzling” account by the author of Of Wolves and Men takes readers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of one of the world’s last frontiers (The New York Times).
Based on Barry Lopez’s years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, Arctic Dreams investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.
Renowned environmentalist and author of Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey has called Arctic Dreams “a splendid book . . . by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants”—and the New Yorker hails it as a “landmark” work of travel writing. A vivid, thoughtful, and atmospheric read, it has earned multiple prizes, including the National Book Award, the Christopher Medal, the Oregon Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
In Crossing Open Ground, award-winning literary writer Barry Lopez offers prescient, beautiful, and thought-provoking reflections on how the natural world can define and illuminate our sense of self. Whether he’s traversing the Arctic tundra or the deserts of the American Southwest, recalling the devastating beaching of forty-one sperm whales along the Oregon coast or reveling in the remarkable migrations of wild geese, Lopez shows readers the world’s special places, its remarkable people, and stunning natural events. He thoughtfully explores humankind’s place in this vast natural scheme, and opens our eyes to its breathtaking complexity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Lit Hub, BookPage
An ardent steward of the land, fearless traveler, and unrivaled observer of nature and culture, Barry Lopez died after a long illness on Christmas Day 2020, following a summer wildfire that consumed much of what was dear to him in his home place and the community around it—a tragic reminder of the climate change of which he’d long warned.
At once a cri de coeur and a memoir of both pain and wonder, this remarkable collection of essays adds indelibly to Lopez’s legacy, and includes previously unpublished works, some written in the months before his death. They unspool memories both personal and political, among them tender, sometimes painful stories of his childhood in New York City and California, reports from expeditions to study animals and sea life, recollections of travels to Antarctica and other extraordinary places on earth, and meditations on finding oneself amid vast, dramatic landscapes. He reflects on those who taught him, including Indigenous elders and scientific mentors who sharpened his eye for the natural world. And we witness poignant returns to the sanctuary of his Oregon backyard, adjacent to the wild McKenzie River. In prose of searing candor, he reckons with the cycle of life, including his own, and—as he has done throughout his career—with the dangers the earth and its people are facing.
With an introduction by Rebecca Solnit that speaks to Lopez’s keen attention to the world, including its spiritual dimensions, Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World opens our minds and souls to the importance of being wholly present for the beauty and complexity of life.
Pero lo que convierte este maravilloso trabajo de historia natural en un estudio impresionante de profunda originalidad es su meditación única sobre cómo el paisaje puede moldear nuestra imaginación, deseos y sueños.
In Desert Notes,” the narrator says, All my life I have wanted to trick blood from a rock.” The story proceeds to instruct the visitor on how to experience the desert but continues like no ordinary field guide. At stake here is what is at the furthest edge of our grasp. You will think you have hold of the idea when you have only the hold of its clothing.” Rattlesnakes, the shell of a beetle, a few twigs, silence--out of these spare elements Lopez conjures a realm that shimmers with an elusive but palpable presence.
The Search for the Heron” and Within Birds’ Hearing” present encounters with animals that are imbued with spiritual--and often inexplicable--exchanges. In solitary, almost visionary episodes, the narrators pass into permeable realms of nature, recalling a time when humans and animals spoke the same language. Lopez’s gift is to imagine a reality where humans can be so embedded in the natural world that the boundaries between inner and outer fall away.
Again and again, whether describing a Navajo rug possessing the essence of its maker, or a boy who can change places with his half-coyote dog (named Leaves), or a teacher whose presence brings into question the meaning of friendship, Lopez portrays elemental and sacred places. His prose transcends its simplicity to enter spaces of wonder and mystery.
As James Perrin Warren says in his compelling introduction, Lopez’s narrators bear witness to extraordinary patterns and purposes . . . The storyteller is vital to the community and to a healthy landscape, but the vital relationship is also reciprocal. . . . We participate, along with Lopez, in the long history of storytelling. We become part of the atmosphere in which wisdom shows itself.”
Barry Moser’s eleven otherworldly, densely layered engravings accompany the text. Each provides a meditative experience that parallels Lopez’s complex sense of our relationship to nature. An afterword by Lopze closes this dramatically original collaboration.
Outside brings together Barry Lopez, best known for his National Book Awardwinning Arctic Dreams; Barry Moser, the publisher of Pennyroyal Press, whose reputation as a book artist, printmaker, designer, and artist is legendary; and the widely published James Perrin Warren, a professor of English at Washington and Lee University, to offer an abundance of riches for readers and lovers of fine books.