There are still places on earth that are unknown. Visually stunning and uniquely designed, this wondrous book captures fifty islands that are far away in every sense - from the mainland, from people, from airports, and from holiday brochures. Author Judith Schalansky useshistoric events and scientific reports as a springboard for each island, providing information on its distance from the mainland, whether it is inhabited, its features, and the stories that have shaped its lore. She has spent years creating this, her own imaginative atlas of the world's loneliest places. These islands are so difficult to reach that until the late 1990s more people had set foot on the moon than on Peter I Island in the Antarctic. With stunning full-colour maps and an air of mysterious adventure, Atlas al-Juzur al-Naa'iyah is perfect for the traveller or romantic in all of us.
Born in 1980, Judith Schalansky studied art history and communication design. She lives and works in Berlin as a freelance writer, and teaches typography in Potsdam. In 2006 she published her typography book Fraktur mon amour, which won a number of design prizes. In 2008 she published her first novel, Blau steht dir nicht (Blue doesn't suit you), and in 2009, she spent a three-month artist's residency at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln was published in 2009. A pocket format of the Atlas was published in 2011.