Christoph Ransmayr: Atlas of an Anxious Man

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 Ricers, 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.

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.

German original published by S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt/Main, under the title Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes in 2012.