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Judith Schalansky was born in 1980 on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. The Soviets wouldn't let anyone travel so everything she learnt about the world came from her parents' battered old atlas. An acclaimed novelist and award-winning graphic designer, she has spent years creating this, her own imaginative atlas of the world's loneliest places. These islands are so difficJudith Schalansky was born in 1980 on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. The Soviets wouldn't let anyone travel so everything she learnt about the world came from her parents' battered old atlas. An acclaimed novelist and award-winning graphic designer, 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 AntarcticOn one page are perfect maps, on the other unfold bizarre stories from the history of the islands themselves. Rare animals and strange people abound: from marooned slaves to lonely scientists, lost explorers to confused lighthouse keepers, mutinous sailors to forgotten castaways; a collection of Robinson Crusoes of all kinds. Recently awarded the prize of Germany's most beautiful book, Atlas of Remote Islands is a intricately designed masterpiece that maplovers everywhere will love. Judith Schalansky lures us across all the oceans of the world to fifty remote islands--from St Kilda to Easter Island and from Tristan da Cunha to Disappointment Island--and proves that some of the most memorable journeys can be taken by armchair travellers. (Penguin)...

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Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will Reviews

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    2019-04-06 08:33

    On a wonderfully warm and cloudless winter solstice day I took this volume on a picnic and was engrossed for a few hours with the beautiful maps and the equally beautiful stories that accompanied them. While Judith Schalansky proves to be another of my fellow map nerds along with Simon Garfield and Ken Jennings, Judith's history has a unique slant on the usual type of nerdery.Judith grew up in East Germany during the late 80's and early 90's. So her primary school years were filled with communist propoganda and maps on walls that showed a world that was unavailable to most East German citizens. Judith still managed to get her small hands on a children's world atlas and went on imaginary trips like the rest of us. When she was in her teenage years the Berlin wall fell, Germany was reunited and Judith was faced with infinite possibilities to travel to these strange lands that had filled her imagination.Judith has produced a blindingly brilliant and different atlas that combines what we carto-nerds love in maps with stories from history. After a lengthy but fascinating introduction full of insight we are treated to a multitude of island each arranged by ocean. Each island has two pages dedicated to it, the right hand page a map at the 1:125000 scale and the left hand page has a gloabal locator, the nearest other land and a timeline of discovery and events. But below this Judith gives a little story for each. We get to enjoy stories of penguin burning, whale hunting, Robinson Crusoes, idyllic atolls, atomic bombs, murder, infanticide and cannibalism.A book that proves to be both physically and descriptively beautiful and yet captures what makes carto-nerds tick is a rare thing. It's a book to treasure and have a physical copy of, especially in hardback. Highly recommended for those of us who adore all maps.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-03-24 07:54

    I would give this book 10 stars if I could. I wish it was twice as long. It has a beautiful introduction full of thoughts on travel and what it is that draws people to remote places. The majority of the book is two-page segments where the island's map is on one side and the other has basic information on it (when it was "discovered," how many people inhabit it, important moments in its history) as well as a narrative. That was my favorite part. It might have a legend, a historical moment, a discovery, or its destruction. Who could forget St. Kilda and the babies that wouldn't live past eight days old? Christmas Island with its bright red migrating crabs? I sat and read the descriptions and looked up more photos online of these places and dreamed. Sign me up! "Maps tell us much more when they do not divide nature into nations; when they allow it to form the basis of comparison across all the borders made by man.""Any point on the infinite globe of the Earth can become a centre.""Paradise may be an island. But it is hell too.""An island offers a stage: everything that happens on it is practically forced to turn into a story, into a chamber piece in the middle of nowhere, into the stuff of literature.""Give me an atlas over a guidebook any day. There is no more poetic book in the world."Amen, sister.

  • Miriam
    2019-04-14 06:32

    This is the anti-travel book. You've never been to these places, and if you know what's good for you, you never will. The author has never seen them, either. In fact, hardly any living person has been to these spots, and with good reason.

  • Tony
    2019-04-06 04:32

    It came in a box with another book and a CD, delivered to my front porch and awaiting me Friday night. At first look, it seemed scant. A large-type introduction, as if to exaggerate the number of pages. Some maps of islands with brief written observations on the facing page. I read a few. Cute, but I was already in the middle of a novel I was really enjoying and this could wait on a coffee table, where maybe it would belong.Came Saturday morning, and the novel stood next to the Atlas. My hand flexed, like a divining rod, and picked up the Atlas. And I barely put it down again until I traveled around the world.Fifty remote islands. Mostly uninhabited. One where people never walked. One where, until the 1990s, fewer people had trod than on the moon. Some where only bones remain. Yet, one has been inhabited for 3,000 years, the thousand residents following an extreme form of zero population growth. Some can not yield vegetation. One, thanks to massive bird droppings, is pure phosphate. On another, inbreeding has caused 10 per cent of the 250 inhabitants to be color blind; and they prefer it so. Children born on another island die within eight days. One will sink into the ocean forever, maybe next month, maybe next year; you can still go there if you are not a researcher or a missionary. One was the stage for a notorious murder. These islands gave an ephemeral glance of the Transit of Venus, watched Amelia Earhart fly to her death, and hosted the Bounty's mutiny. On one, six soldiers raised a flag. There are songs and sex. The New Zealand Department of Conservatism sends nine volunteers for six month stays on another island with no other inhabitants; climbing skills and practical experience in maintaining buildings an advantage (Address for applications included). In this book you will find the ends of the earth and its navel. Every island has a story. Yes, Atlas of Remote Islands is a slim volume, but every sentence is perfect. Fraulein Schalansky has been flawlessly translated. This book will indeed have a home on my coffee table, not because it is voluptuous, but because I will re-read it often and will want it handy.I will not read a cooler book this year.One thing about the Atlas befuddles me though. It is subtitled: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will. What? How can you write a book like this and not want to go there? Never? Really?Memo to self: I know what you're thinking. You want to go to all 50 islands before you die. You can't. Some are physically impossible. Some would be too expensive. And, anyhow, you don't have enough time left. But, you should go to at least one of them before you die. And recommend just such a trip to those on your friend list who like to travel and prefer an adventure. Pukapuka is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and has 600 inhabitants. Surely one of them would have a cold beer for an old pilgrim.Memo to others: The CD that came in the box was Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons. It proved, coincidentally, to be the perfect soundtrack for reading this book!

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-04-13 02:47

    The mouse-over tooltip for five stars here on Goodreads reads "it was amazing" and seldom have I come across a book to fit the bill better. I was blown away by this wonderful atlas of islands already during the foreword. The imagery of the author at eight, traveling the world by tracing a route with her finger in her atlas and her mother advising her to "take the Panama canal, that's the shortest route" is powerful and very vivid. She brought her fascination with maps, atlases and islands in particular with her into adulthood. Her descriptions, insights and unique views of them moved and fascinated me and I don't think I will ever look at an atlas the same way again.The foreword was, as it should, just an introduction to things to come. Each island is presented with a few base facts, a page of text - often a historical account and then another page with a map. The stories are carefully chosen and gives just enough to invoke imagination, fascination, thrill or possibly dread. But that's not all! Often the laconic facts are enough to get the mind spinning; sometimes we're given a story of a village and society a hundred years ago, or two hundred years ago but when eyes fall upon the short facts, it says "uninhabited" or we learn of an island being abandoned or evacuated a long time ago and the same row states "4 residents" and my mind reels. Why? Who are they? What happened? Here are islands with abandoned research stations, islands where half of the newborns succumbed to the "8-day sickness" in the late 1800's, islands with legends of buried treasures, islands where ships cannot make port. Where 120 million crabs reside and migrate to the sea at a given time of the year, horrible penal colony sites. Islands where a large number of the inhabitants are truly colorblind, where shipwrecked has built colonies, islands where cultures have blossomed and then vanished. Easter Island, Bear Island, the island never found by Amelia Earhart. And Antipodes Island, where the discoverer in 1800 realized that he was almost exactly opposite Greenwich and therefore as far away from home as he could be while still on the planet. And every route home was equally long. Actually, none of the 50 islands will leave you indifferent.Wonderful book and very highly recommended.Deception Island

  • Andrea
    2019-04-13 00:37

    Written, designed and even typeset by the author, this is an exquisite little book to read. In terms of content, I think it is compelling in a car-crash kind of way; disturbing and at times horrific, but difficult to turn away from. Some of the stories I was familiar with, and I've even visited one of these fifty remote islands, but overall I agree with the author who says in her introduction what I found on my journey were not models of romantic, alternative ways of living, but islands one might wish had remained undiscovered: unsettlingly barren places whose riches lay in the multitude of terrible events that had befallen them. Like any other atlas, the islands are grouped into regions - in this case by ocean - and each entry includes the name, alternate names, the ruling or owning territory, the co-ordinates, the size, the number of inhabitants, a few distance comparisons to establish remoteness, and a timeline with some historical facts. Then we get a detailed topographical map of the island followed by an anecdote (generally 2 pages long) where the horrors unfold! It's almost like an anti-travel guide!A couple of stories that will stay with me are those of St Kilda, beyond the outermost of the Outer Hebrides in the Atlantic Ocean, with the mystery of its infant deaths, and Rapa Iti in French Polynesia (Pacific Ocean), where a Frenchman went to live with his bride, the only woman who understands him, after learning an unknown language in his dreams as a child.

  • Kirstine
    2019-03-27 08:43

    This is genuinely a delightful book. And it’s such an original concept. I mean, how often do you think of islands? Really think of islands? Not very often? Me either. Judith Schalansky however, has thought about islands a lot, and she shares it with the world in this beautiful book. Each island takes up two pages, one with a small description and one with a simple, but wonderful illustration of the island. The description is not a description per se, it’s more a selected story about the island itself, a piece of its history or a story that relates to the island in some way. I know that islands exist, of course, but I had no idea that so many of them were so inaccessible, or that some of them have got such a rich, weird, grotesque or down right horrible history. I just love it, I love hearing about these weird, odd details about the world, that there exists places we'd be hard pressed to access, we've been to the moon for godssake, but some of these islands? Of course we probably won't put in the effort, considering we might not find anything interesting, but some of these stories certainly tell you otherwise. Some of the stories Schalansky shares are incredible in their awfulness or ridiculousness. Some of these islands contain so much mystery, and events we’ll never learn the truth of. Some of them have inhabitants and societies with rules, laws and norms that directly defy what we think is right, or thought possible. There’s Tikopia, for instance, with a population of 1200 and not more, because this is the number of people the island can feed. Population control was of utmost importance and apparently involved people voluntarily killing themselves, killing babies if they knew they couldn’t feed them down the line, celibacy etc. I don’t think they do this anymore, but still. Holy shit. There’s the Floreana island, where a school teacher and a dentist moved to live alone and naked (it would seem), then another woman and two of her lovers arrived as well and this new woman terrorizes the island. Everyone ends up dead, but the schoolteacher who returns to the mainland, the skeleton of one of them is found on an entirely different island; no one knows what happened. Some of it is downright unbelievable. There’s a story about a boy who learns a language through dreams that’s only spoken on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean where he’s never been. Some guy gets eaten by penguins? It’s incredible. The stories go from descriptive, to be about historical events, recent events, events that are curious, mysterious, events we recognize, or it’s things we, most likely, have no idea ever took place. Schalansky captures what it is that makes islands, to her, so captivating and interesting. They’re vastly different, there are islands from all over the world, with different nature, size, animals, accessibility, histories. One island had had, until recently, less people on it than there had been on the moon. It’s such a delightful way to show how odd and weird and incredible the earth is. And islands, in their isolation, in their disregard for what happens all over the rest of the world, feel removed, foreign and strange, it’s seeing earth in a new way, a reminder that there’s so much that’s wild, untamed, untouched and mysterious on this planet still. I wish she’d been more precise in the descriptions sometimes. She could have added a few dates to let us know if the story is new or old, and sometimes the stories were a little sparse on information, making it difficult to figure out exactly what she was trying to tell. I always would have liked her to include, in a few instances, more about the actual island and not just some vaguely related story (they were still interesting stories though). All island illustrations also had these yellow markings, but nowhere is it described what they're for. Sometimes you can figure it out, sometimes not, so maybe that should have been added.But my critique is minimal, and honestly, it’s a beautifully illustrated book of 50 islands with peculiar, fascinating stories. Definitely the sort of book you’d like for your coffee table. Or if you want islands to be cool again. Or if you like maps, islands or pretty books. It's honestly very versatile.

  • ^
    2019-04-06 00:33

    Physically, this is a very lovely book. In concept it is surely a contender for the ultimate expression of armchair journalism on Earth? The proportions and weight of this book makes it deeply satisfying to hold. I love the very feel of the paper; the minimal palette of colour; the (frustratingly unspecified) fonts used to set the texts. In relief, each island is positioned on a background of water-cool pale greyish-blue; annotated with bays and settlements, points and capes, lesser islands, sand, ice, roadways, and more. Atolls convey a sense of hovering half-formed between dry land and wet reef.Edward Tufte would, I believe, wholeheartedly approve of the design layout of information within this book. It’s beautiful, functional, and profoundly informative. With admirable elegance and economy, the thoughtful design behind this book ‘talks’ to its reader of data visual and numerical; the source and weight of which communicates understanding of the precise position inhabited on our planet by each of fifty chosen islands; some well known, most lesser known. All that was required of me was to use my eyes, native intelligence, and subconscious to select, recognise, assess and combine the subtle (and not so subtle) information-rich signals of communication. Fifty islands ‘explored’ by the author and reader solely through the maps and writings of others. Ah! Therein lay my only problem with this book; and one that grew to be surprisingly irritatingly annoying (to me): the accompanying block text. This book has no bibliography. The (East German) author admits that she writes in tales; that over the course of centuries, facts have become fictionalised. She claims that her (un-evidenced) research is both extensive and factual; verily that from ancient and rare books she has ‘transformed’ and ‘appropriated’ texts . “… as sailors appropriate the lands they discover.”.I skip-read every left hand page of such text. Soap bubbles popped and burst and wept their watery regrets. What I had expected would be a deeply satisfying elegant exposition on the page had been casually sabotaged through a lost opportunity. I craved facts, not factoids. Here was disappointment with a capital ‘D’. All I could temporarily retrieve was some satisfaction in the use of a yellow double “//” to indicate the end of a paragraph and the beginning of the next (on the same line). Some consolation! Meanwhile I wistfully speculated on the chances (if any) that the author and publisher just might be sufficiently kind and commercially minded enough to produce a second, different. version of this book, to market alongside this first one?Meantime, licking my wounded hopes, I’ve retreated to the World Wide Web, and NASA’s wonderful webpages describing the exploration of Mars.

  • gwayle
    2019-03-22 05:48

    This book drove me crazy. The author includes fifty islands, most unfamiliar to a general audience (Iwo Jima and Easter Island are the only ones I recognized). Each spread includes information like the island's name, area, number of residents, etymology of the name, parent country, distance from other locations, timeline of major events, a small map of where island is in relation to major continents, and a larger map of the island itself. The brief text that accompanies this is liable to go in any whimsical direction the author fancies: for Tromelin, for example, you learn about a shipwreck in 1760; survivors were rescued sixteen years later. Fascinating, but what about that tantalizing "4 residents" up in the left hand corner? Similarly, Christmas Island has 1,402 inhabitants but the text focuses on crabs and ants. Frustrating! Several of the stories are so moving and interesting, though, that they somewhat mitigate this unforgivable teasing. The story of the boy (Marc Liblin) who learned a different language in his dreams only to discover thirty-odd years later that it's the dialect of some remote island... But most of these stories are very dark, come to think of it. She says in the intro, "Paradise is an island. So is hell." This book is much more focused on hell than paradise: islands are places of starvation, rape, genetic deformities due to inbreeding, extreme poverty, shipwrecks, brutal penal colonies, population control by suicide of unmarried women in bad crop years--the list goes on. An interesting and romantic idea, but I doubt I'll remember more than one or two of the entries in a month. Don't take this book to the beach unless you can access Wikipedia on your phone: believe me, you'll be stopping every other entry to look up what's been left out in this unsatisfying treatment. 2.5 stars.

  • Ints
    2019-04-03 05:27

    Nesen izlasīju vienu grāmatu par kartēm “Off the map”, kad biju viņu goodreads pareizi iegrāmatojis, man tika piedāvāts izlasīt arī šo grāmatu. Kartes ir mana vājība, nav tā, ka es būtu dikti uz viņām kritis, bet no atvērta atlanta mani ir grūti dabūt prom. Ja zina, ko ar viņām darīt, tad var iegūt daudz informācijas. Joka pēc papētīju arī šo grāmatu un sapratu, ka man viņu vajag un vajag tūlīt. Līdz tūlītam gan bija jāpaciešas trīs nedēļas, jo bookdepository pēdējā laikā izmanto gliemežu pastu, taču pēc saņemšanas izlasīju es viņu divos vakaros.Uz pasaules joprojām ir daudzas vietas, kas lielākoties ir nezināmas, tādas, uz kurām tikai daži cilvēki ir spēruši savu kāju, ir tādas, kuras ir apdzīvotas, taču atrodas tik tālu no pārējās pasaules, ka nevienam nerūp līdz turienei aizdoties. Taču visnomaļākās ir salas, tās ir kā mazi atsevišķi kontinenti, kurus no pārējās pasaules šķir lieli attālumi. Viņas nav tūrisma ceļvežos, jo tajās nav ko redzēt un apmeklēt. Doties apskatīt klinti okeānā spēj atļauties tikai retais. Autore, izmantojot vēstures datus un zinātnisko ekspedīciju atskaites, mēģina lasītājam uzburt nelielu ainu par katru no šīm piecdesmit salām, sākot ar attālumiem līdz tuvākai sauszemei un beidzot ar smalki detalizētu karti.Sākšu ar to, ka šo grāmatu nopirku vienkārši tādēļ, ka viņa ir skaista. Kartes pašas par sevi vienmēr ir skaistas, bet šai bija nostrādāts noformējums - gan krāsu salikums, gan fonts. Domāju, ka pat ja iekšā būs sarakstīts pilnīgs sviests, es tik un tā būšu ieguvējs, jo man būs veselas piecdesmit dīvainu un nomaļu vietu kartes. Kāda ir jēga no šīm kartēm tautsaimniecībā, tas gan ir pavisam cits jautājums. Vienu vārdu sakot, biju sajūsmā par grāmatas izpildījumu vien.Taču jāpiezīmē, ka stāsti par pašām salām nudien nav peļami. Var uzzināt gan par tālu salu Pingelap, kurā praktiski visi iedzīvotāji neatšķir krāsas, reiz gandrīz visi izmiruši, un kādam palicējam ir bijis samaitāts gēns. Par Tikopia salu, kura var uzturēt tikai 1’200 iedzīvotājus, kur nevēlamos bērnus atstāj nomirt, un bada gados vecākie iedzīvotāji un jaunākie bērni kāpj laivās, lai dotos okeānā uz neatgriešanos. Par salām, kuras apciemo tikai putni un valzirgi, kurās reiz ir bijušas vaļu ķērāju bāzes, bet nu jau desmitiem gadu neviens vairs nedzīvo. Par salām, uz kurām nedzīvo pat metrologi. Par salām, kuras tagad kalpo kā militārās bāzes. Par Pitkērnu, kur praktiski visi iedzīvotāji tiek vainoti pedofilijā. Šajā ziņā salām ir dažādas un daudzveidīgas vēstures.Ja par faktoloģiskām lietām piesieties ir grūti, tad daži salu stāsti man raisīja aizdomas, piemēram, par vīrieti, kurš no bērnības runāja nesaprotamā valodā līdz satika kādu sievieti, kura arī runāja šajā valodā, un izrādījās, ka ir sala, kurā runā šajā valodā. Tas izklausījās pēc pasakas atstāsta. Tomēr pret pārējiem 49 stāstiem man iebildumi neradās.Grāmatai lieku 10 no 10 ballēm, skaista grāmata, kuru var gan palasīt, gan papētīt. Var nelasīt visu vienā vakarā, bet lēnā garā. Var nelasīt vispār, bet vienkārši pētīt kartes. Nav jau tā, ka uz visām pieminētajām salām nav vērts braukt, Lieldienu salu es labprāt apmeklētu, bet ceļojumam uz arktiskajām un antarktiskajām salām nudien mani būtu grūti piedabūt. Iesaku izlasīt visiem, kurus atlasi neatstāj vienaldzīgus. Uzzināsiet daudz jauna par nezināmām vietām.

  • Isidora
    2019-04-10 03:25

    Fifty remote islands. The author didn't see them. I will probably never visit them. Every island has a story, beautiful like a fairy tale, and a beautiful map. This is a very good way to get through the winter.

  • Courtney Johnston
    2019-03-28 00:46

    Envy is not a pretty emotion. It makes you feel empty, and small. Thankfully my delight in Judith Schalansky's 'Atlas of Remote Islands' was great enough to overwhelm the occasional twinge of envy that she, and not I, has made something that I find so utterly covetable. (Made worse, let's be honest, when I just discovered that she's a year younger than me).Of course, I couldn't have created this book: it grows entirely out of Schalansky's own self. Her discovery of the household atlas as an eight-year-old in East Germany - her incredulity that places out there exist:I grew up with an atlas. And as a child of the atlas, I had never travelled. The fact that a girl in my class had actually been born in Helsinki felt unimaginable. ... To this day, I am baffled by Germans born, for example, in Nairobi or Los Angeles. Of course I know that Nairobi and Los Angeles exist - they are on the maps. But that someone has actually been there or even been born there still feels incredible to me.her recognition early in life that maps depict only one of many stories:Then I looked for my country: the German Democratic Republic. East Germans could not travel, only the Olympic team were allowed beyond our borders. It took a frighteningly long time to find. It was pink and tiny as my fingernail. This was hard to equate: at the Seoul Olympics we had been a force to reckon with, with had won more medals than the United States: how could we suddenly be so infinitesimal?the sudden expanding of her horizons:My love for atlases endured when a year later everything else changed: when it suddenly became possible to travel the world, and the country I was born in disappeared from the map. But by then I had already grown used to travelling through the atlas by finger, whispering foreign names to myself as I conquered distant worlds in my parents' sitting room.Aesthetically, Schalansky's book is one of the most gorgeous things I've handled. This is another part of the uniqueness of her vision - it is all her work: writer, typographer, illustrator. She limits her palette to black, grey, plover-egg blue and brilliant orange, and then she makes magic within her own restrictions. Each double-page spread features on the right a scale drawing of the selected island, carefully etched with place names in fine cursive script; on the left, a catalogue of information, including alternate names, size, number of inhabitants or residents, distance from other land and a brief timeline (I am in love with the slanting lines of these of the distance measurements and timelines).But the real magic is in the short pieces of text - almost prose poems - that accompany each of the 50 islands. The book is sub-titled 'Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will', and the entries lie somewhere between research and hallucination, like the author feel asleep over her papers and dreamed of these faraway places, awoke, and tried to capture that feeling of distance, strangeness, heat, cold, the incessant beat of the waves.The tales range from Amelia Earhart's disappearance to a band of women stoving in a men's head with a shovel; killer crabs to infanticide; burning penguins to treasure maps. I limited myself to no more than five or six islands a day when reading the book, so I wouldn't become used to Schalansky's style and start skim reading. Instead, I tried to absorb each entry slowly, and to stay in her world. Every entry is in the present tense, whether the story is from the 1800s, the 2000s or an unnamed time - this lends them both an immediacy and a timelessness. My heart thrilled to some mentions - Thule has been part of my imagination since a childhood soaked in Rosemary Sutcliff's Roman Britain, Tristan da Cunha since sighting William Hodgkins' majestic oil paintings, the Scandinavian names feels strangely like home, a combination of poring over Norse myths and Roald Dahl's childhood biography.I had to resist turning between each entry and a quick trip into Wikipedia to fact check and fill in the gaps. I'm glad now that I did, that rather than trying to turn the book into non-fiction I let it stay in the litterol space it was conceived in. I am happy to have that time inside Schalansky's imagination, and to let mine roam free too.

  • Carlos Campos
    2019-04-10 06:49

    Este pequeño libro es, en realidad, una virtuosa colección de destinos literarios tan apasionantes como inéditos (salvo algunos ejemplos que han sido llevados a las letras, como Clipperton, o al cine, como Pitcairn). Además de una obra maestra de la cartografía y el diseño, cada relato es una invitación a un viaje literario a espacios recónditos de nosotros mismos, representados en forma de isla.

  • أحمد شاكر
    2019-04-19 07:45

    كتاب (أطلس الجزر النائية ل يوديت شالانسكي)، واحد من أجمل الكتب التي من الممكن أن تمسكها يد قارئ. جماله ليس في موضوعه الطريف وحسب، بل في إخراجه الفني: حصل على جائزة ألمانيا الاتحادية للإخراج الفني 2011، وجائزة رد دوت للإخراج الفني في الإعلام 2011، وجائزة أجمل كتاب من شتفتونج بوخكونست 2009. ترجمته وطبعته لنا دار بلومزبري- مؤسسة قطر للنشر. غلاف الكتاب هاردكفر، كعبه من خامة قماش لونه أسمر. حواف الورق لونها أصفر/ برتقالي، أو أصفر غامق. وبما أن الكتاب موضوعه الجزر، فتبويبه كان حسب المحيط الذي توجد به: المحيط المتجمد الشمالي، المحيط الأطلسي، المحيط الهندي، المحيط الهادئ، المحيط المتجمد الجنوبي. وقبل كل باب خارطة تجمع جزر المحيط التي تذكرها شالانسكي، وملحق بآخر الكتاب قائمة مفردات، وكشاف به كل الأسماء التي وردت بالكتاب مع رقم الصفحة التي ذكرت به. خلاف خارطتين كاملتين للعالم موضح عليهما كل الجزر التي ستتحدث عنها شالانسكي.تحتل كل جزيرة صفحتين: على اليسار (ولونها سماوي) خريطة عامة لها، وعلى اليمين (ولونها أبيض)، وصف تفصيلي للجزيرة: اسمها التي تعرف به، واسمها في أي لغة عرفت تلك الجزيرة. فمثلا جزيرة أطلسوف أو جزيرة الكوريل الشمالية (روسيا)، تذكر شالانسكي اسمها بالروسية (أوستروف أطلسوفا)، وباليابانية (أرايدو- تو)، وبجوار الإسم من ناحية اليمين موقع الجزيرة بالنسبة لخطوط الطول والعرض، وبجواره ناحية اليسار رسم للكرة الأرضية بالأصفر الغامق، موضح عليه الجزيرة كنقطة باللون الأسمر. تحت الإسم، مساحتها، وعدد سكانها، ثم المسافة بالكيلومتر عن أقرب الجزر أو اليابسة إليها من الجهات الأربع، وتاريخ اكتشاف الجزيرة على خطوط صفراء مدرجة. ثم تحكي يوديت شالانسكي بأسلوب أدبي بارع حكاية الجزيرة وكيف اكتشفت، وأشهر الأحداث التي مرت بها، ومن يفرض سيطرته عليها الآن.. سيصيبك دواران وأنت تقرأ هذا الكتاب: الأول دوار الجمال؛ جمال الكتب الأنيقة النادرة، ودوار البحر وأنت تتنقل من جزيرة معزولة لأخرى أكثر عزلة، تتنقل من محيط لمحيط حيث كل جزيرة لها قصة اكتشاف مثيرة، وتاريخ، أسطورة، تحكيها يوديت شالانسكي. لو كنت من محبي الأطالس في الصغر، ستهيم حبا بهذا الكتاب.

  • Ochwey
    2019-04-11 02:49

    Prostě krásné! Nádherné obrázky ostrovů (protože mé kartografické srdce nemůže říct, že mapy, na to jsou kritéria!), a ty texty! Miluju takové zajímavosti o místech, a v této lyrické formě to bylo dokonalé. A navíc mě to nutilo dohledávat si další informace o ostrovech, a tak to má podle mě být.

  • Meaghan
    2019-03-23 06:45

    This is beautifully written and well-nigh impossible to categorize. It's not a travel book. It's not a conventional atlas. There's a lot of history in here, but it's not a history book either. The book contains maps of fifty of the world's most isolated islands and one-page vignettes to accompany each one. Usually, but not always, these vignettes tell of some event in the island's history. The author is able to make each story absolutely fascinating and I am thirsty for more. Unfortunately she has no suggestions for further reading. I must needs seek that out myself.I think people of all ages would really appreciate this book. But a word of warning: if you're writing, say, a school report on a particular island, probably this atlas will not be of much help to you. The entries are literary, not encyclopedic.

  • Marianthi
    2019-04-06 01:29

    Fifty islands, fifty (dubious) stories; some mythological, others based on true facts, others not so much. All unique, all interesting, all extremely atmospheric and poignant. All stories that accompany beautiful cartography of places you will never visit indeed.I can continue to list adjectives but all I have to say is that I enjoyed this book immensely. You get to learn about specks of dust that are part of a universe so vast that it makes them, those teeny tiny places unimportant. Places that live and exist, in a sense, simply because you just read about them.Stories have that power and this is why I love them.If you're struck with wanderlust, love maps and stupid little facts/stories about random things like yours truly, this is a book for you. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey, no matter how doubtful. After all that's what matters most in the end. M.

  • DoctorM
    2019-04-10 00:46

    A lovely small book that offers up facts and tiny bits of history about lost places--- islands at the ends of the earth, islands that have fallen off the map. Schalansky herself was born in the old East Germany, in a DDR where travel was impossible and "escapism" had dangerous political overtones. Her little atlas is a kind of poem to the places overlooked on maps, a vision of invisible places that have stories worth recovering. An absolute delight to read.

  • Michael Scott
    2019-03-24 03:28

    Atlas of Remote Islands is Judith Schalansky's purely East-European, formerly Communist-country travelogue. She was born in 1980, in East Germany, and by the time she discovered the joy of traveling--like many of us, as a child--she had to learn that traveling beyond the Iron Curtain was merely possible through one's imagination. Hence, the subtitle: fifty islands I have not visited and never will.A dystopian travelogue! This mini-booklet covers fifty islands, spread systematically around the world, some well-known, most made much more famous by this account of their existence. Each island is located, depicted in the middle of a sea-blue page, explained through a short, dry, often sad story. Anyone who lived behind the Iron Curtain should understand the story behind the story, the laughter behind the futility of asking for a visa, of dreaming of a remote trip. "And why would you ever want to go there?" the customs officer would ask. "Just because I can," would be the unthinkable, overtly subversive answer. You would not go far, with this approach. And thus we did not ask, and did not go. Until this little orange book.

  • Francisco H. González
    2019-03-30 06:44

    Las islas siempre se nos presentan como algo mágico y misterioso, como confesaba Jordi Esteva en la atracción que sintió desde pequeño hacia Socotra, la isla de los genios. Si bien, como indica la autora de libro, Judith Schalansky, en el prefacio, el Paraíso es una isla, el Infierno también. Judith no viaja a ninguna de las cincuenta islas remotas que aquí se dan cita, sino que el suyo es un trabajo de documentación, donde plasmará con mapas y en menos de una página por isla, y con un tamaño de letra muy reducido, datos pintorescos e históricos que nos den cuenta de los distintos usos y fines a los que han sido destinados estas islas, muchas de ellas diminutas, de pocos kilómetros cuadrados de extensión, algunas poco más que un simple atolón, finas líneas de arena sobre el borde del mar y a riesgo inminente de desaparecer. Islas que han servido como centros penitenciarios, como estaciones meteorológicas, como bases militares y que han conocido ensayos nucleares y lo peorcito de la naturaleza humana, en forma de violaciones, asesinatos, reyertas, infanticidios, etc. Judith llega a la conclusión de que todo está ya descubierto, desvelado, a pesar de que muchas de estas islas que aquí aparecen están ahora abandonadas, dado que la vida en ellas resulta imposible. El relato, viene a ser un puñado de anécdotas, algunas muy interesantes como la historia de la Isla de la Decepción, cuyo nombre denota el estado de ánimo de unos navegantes, Magallanes y los suyos, que en esa isla de la Polinesia francesa no pudieron paliar ni el hambre ni la sed que acarreaban, y en su estado lo que experimentaron fue una decepción del tamaño de una isla, o bien el de la Isla Howland y la historia de Amelia Earhart, la segunda persona que cruzó volando el atlántico y que desapareció sobrevolando esta isla -mientras intentaba ser la primera en dar la vuelta al mundo en avión, siguiendo la línea del ecuador- sin poder aterrizar, al no poder divisarla desde las alturas, y ya sin combustible fue junto a Fred Noonan rumbo a la nada. Un texto que rompe con la imagen romántica de la isla paradisíaca, pues si a menudo aquello de pueblo pequeño infierno grande resulta cierto, en una isla de unos pocos kilómetros de largo y ancho, la convivencia puede devenir inhumana.

  • Alex Flynn
    2019-04-02 08:47

    An amazing work that is a testament to the possibilities of the book as both an object as well as a medium. It is as much visual art as it is narrative, containing fabulously composed pages, with hand drawn maps and typography developed by the author. I found the book randomly while writing in the library one day and was intrigued by the title, specifically the subheading “Fifty Islands I have never set foot on and never will”. Who would write such an atlas? Why would they be intrigued by these remote patches of land lost in the sea? It was shelved in the travel section, next to other atlases, which made if all the more interesting. Was it really and atlas or some kind of ironic joke.I thumbed through it quickly and brought it home to examine and read. The book starts with an introduction about the authors obsession with atlases as a child growing up in a divided It traces her love of maps and distrust of the political divisions and politics that goes into their creation. Map making is a very political affair. The book reminded me a lot of invisible cities by Calvino. While it didn’t have the same poetic sensibility with the writing, it was still very good and deliciously elliptical. For remote places in the middle of the sea, each story told me just enough to get interested in finding more, but never to a satisfying degree. There was always something left unexplored, a character, a motivation, a piece of wilderness or wild bird. People end up at these places because something is missing in their lives and the stories reflecting this same lacunae of meaning. Tales of high seas adventures and daring escapes are excised from their youthful excitement and shown in more realistic light. These islands are lonely places and are sought by lonely men (and women, but usually men).The stories straddle somewhere between fiction and non-fiction. This is not an accurate atlas or guide to islands of the world. It is a piece of art inspired but said islands. I’m quite comfortable with this, and I feel the book is very up front with this conceit. While they are presented as entries into an atlas, they are quite obviously not encyclopedic in nature. Each entry contains the co-ordinates location on the globe, distance from other sites, and timelines. These proximate to other lands and timelines are often very empty, and the long lines help convey the sense of isolation.I think the best parts of the book are the hand drawn maps that accompany the stories. Each entry is on the left hand side of the book and each picture is on the right hand. Often the ratio of seas to island helps increase or decrease the sense of isolation one feels about the place. Some maps take up whole pages, with rivers and mountains and bays. Others are small dabs of white in a sea of blue. You feel, just by looking at them, lost and alone. I highly recommend everyone at least take a look at this book. Having returned it from the library I think I now have to buy a copy.

  • Trish
    2019-04-02 01:53

    Dip into this lovely small atlas anywhere and enjoy the fruits of Schalansky’s many years’ labor cataloging, mapping, labeling “Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will.” The drawings have a timeline and scale; they are labelled with longitude and latitude and are pinpointed on a globe. Each drawn island has contour with shading showing mountains, water, and plains. Each location sports a short introductory essay often including reports related by the earliest discoverers, or seafaring men who came upon these remote locations and told of what they found. The flyleaves show the islands pinpointed all together. A masterpiece of careful description, this wallet of dreams is something special for the sailor in all of us.Consider this short essay about Pagan, a Pacific island 2,670 km from Manila and 840 km from Iwo Jima, discovered in 1669 by Diego Luis de Sanvitores:The tallest mountain range in the world is underwater – where the Pacific plate converges with the Philippine plate in the Marianas Trench, several kilometres deep – and its smoking volcano cones rise out of the ocean. Pagan is a double island of two of these volcanoes held together by a land mass, At its narrowest point, it is only a few hundred metres wide. The village of Shomushon lies at the foot of Mount Pagan in the north. Its people want to be evacuated because smoke has been rising from the summit for some time, and there have been earthquakes. But no one takes any notice. They say the volcano is not dangerous.On 15 May 1981, it erupts, spewing fire, hirling rocks and hooting fountains of lava into the air. The sky turns black; it rains ash and smells of sulphur and burning earth. The raised huts in Shomushon shake, and a flood of lava spread though the palm trees, Soon the first crackle of fire in the village is heard. The mayor sends a message by short-wave radio - This is it! Come get us! – before the sixty villagers flee, crossing the narrow neck of land to the south. They take refuge behind a mountain ridge and pray to be spared from the glowing river.When they are evacuated by air shortly after, only the rooftops of Shomushon can be seen above the layer of brown ash. On Pagan, there are now 20 million tonnes of tuff stone, the material of the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Baths of Caracalla.I am offering a giveaway of this title on my my blog until Dec 15, 2014. Visit and put your name in.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-04 08:33

    Prachtig boek! Het begint met een inspirerende en mooi geschreven inleiding, die je al meteen nieuwsgierig maakt naar de rest van het boek. Bij elk eiland staat het aantal inwoners, de afstanden tot nabijgelegen eilanden of andere plaatsen, en een tijdslijn met de 'hoogtepunten' van het eiland (zoals het jaar van ontdekking). Verrassend is dat per eiland telkens op de ene pagina een verhaal wordt verteld, en dat op de andere pagina een tekening van het eiland staat.Het verhaal dat verteld wordt is soms een historisch feit, een andere keer een anekdote, dan weer iets over het dagelijkse leven of over de flora en fauna. Je komt daardoor maar één klein iets over het eiland te weten, en niet meteen veel wetenswaardigheden of geschiedenis. Het is dus zeker geen naslagwerk voor de verschillende eilanden, wt ook zeker niet de bedoeling van de auteur was. Maar dat prikkelt juist de nieuwsgierigheid, en meer dan één keer ging ik meer over het eiland opzoeken (leve Wikipedia!).De tekeningen van de eilanden zijn erg mooi gemaakt. Elk eiland wordt op dezelfde schaal afgebeeld, waardoor je ze in perspectief tot elkaar kunt plaatsen, en een beter idee van de grootte krijgt.Een heel bijzonder boek, om elke dag één of twee eilandjes te leren kennen. Een boek ook om bij weg te dromen. Mooi. (Tip: leen het niet uit de bibliotheek, maar koop het gewoon, zodat je een eiland kunt (her-)ontdekken telkens wanneer je daar zin in hebt)

  • K R N
    2019-04-07 02:39

    I love this book. Every part of it is exquisitely designed, and every part of it is a pleasure to look at. The cover is gorgeous, the margins and layout of the map pages are beautiful, so are the inside covers -- nothing is unintentional. Even the design of the 24 page text at the beginning -- it's large like in children's books, while she's talking about her childhood and faraway places, the feeling of how large the world is -- she toys visually with the idea of scale. If you see the book and text as standard size, you are child size. Then, the descriptions of each island are not comprehensive but an assortment of information that leads you to want to know more - she talks about the climate on one island, the musical traditions on another. It's a work of art. I just noticed it won a bunch of design awards... not surprising. All of this is in addition to how I love both islands and maps (for those of you who don't know, I have a bunch of maps on my walls). Onto the list of favorites!

  • Araceli.libros
    2019-04-03 03:31

    Me gustó mucho! Es un libro muy bonito y muy interesante (si te interesa aprender sobre las islas más remotas e inhóspitas del mundo, y sobre los peculiares personajes que pusieron pie en ellas). Pensé que sería una buena fuente de donde sacar ideas para historias, y no me equivoqué. Algunos de estos relatos verídicos me dejaron con la boca abierta. Es extraño cómo pueden reaccionar las personas cuando se encuentran conviviendo en una isla de apenas pocos km². Generalmente la cosa no termina bien. El libro podría resumirse con esta frase: "Paradise is an island. So is hell." Y al menos en este librito, el 90% de las islas están muy lejos de ser un paraíso.

  • أحمد شاكر
    2019-03-28 05:30

    كتاب (أطلس الجزر النائية ل يوديت شالانسكي)، واحد من أجمل الكتب التي من الممكن أن تمسكها يد قارئ. جماله ليس في موضوعه الطريف وحسب، بل في إخراجه الفني: حصل على جائزة ألمانيا الاتحادية للإخراج الفني 2011، وجائزة رد دوت للإخراج الفني في الإعلام 2011، وجائزة أجمل كتاب من شتفتونج بوخكونست 2009. ترجمته وطبعته لنا دار بلومزبري- مؤسسة قطر للنشر. غلاف الكتاب هاردكفر، كعبه من خامة قماش لونه أسمر. حواف الورق لونها أصفر/ برتقالي، أو أصفر غامق. وبما أن الكتاب موضوعه الجزر، فتبويبه كان حسب المحيط الذي توجد به: المحيط المتجمد الشمالي، المحيط الأطلسي، المحيط الهندي، المحيط الهادئ، المحيط المتجمد الجنوبي. وقبل كل باب خارطة تجمع جزر المحيط التي تذكرها شالانسكي، وملحق بآخر الكتاب قائمة مفردات، وكشاف به كل الأسماء التي وردت بالكتاب مع رقم الصفحة التي ذكرت به. خلاف خارطتين كاملتين للعالم موضح عليهما كل الجزر التي ستتحدث عنها شالانسكي.تحتل كل جزيرة صفحتين: على اليسار (ولونها سماوي) خريطة عامة لها، وعلى اليمين (ولونها أبيض)، وصف تفصيلي للجزيرة: اسمها التي تعرف به، واسمها في أي لغة عرفت تلك الجزيرة. فمثلا جزيرة أطلسوف أو جزيرة الكوريل الشمالية (روسيا)، تذكر شالانسكي اسمها بالروسية (أوستروف أطلسوفا)، وباليابانية (أرايدو- تو)، وبجوار الإسم من ناحية اليمين موقع الجزيرة بالنسبة لخطوط الطول والعرض، وبجواره ناحية اليسار رسم للكرة الأرضية بالأصفر الغامق، موضح عليه الجزيرة كنقطة باللون الأسمر. تحت الإسم، مساحتها، وعدد سكانها، ثم المسافة بالكيلومتر عن أقرب الجزر أو اليابسة إليها من الجهات الأربع، وتاريخ اكتشاف الجزيرة على خطوط صفراء مدرجة. ثم تحكي يوديت شالانسكي بأسلوب أدبي بارع حكاية الجزيرة وكيف اكتشفت، وأشهر الأحداث التي مرت بها، ومن يفرض سيطرته عليها الآن.. سيصيبك دواران وأنت تقرأ هذا الكتاب: الأول دوار الجمال؛ جمال الكتب الأنيقة النادرة، ودوار البحر وأنت تتنقل من جزيرة معزولة لأخرى أكثر عزلة، تتنقل من محيط لمحيط حيث كل جزيرة لها قصة اكتشاف مثيرة، وتاريخ، أسطورة، تحكيها يوديت شالانسكي. لو كنت من محبي الأطالس في الصغر، ستهيم حبا بهذا الكتاب.

  • Heidi (KosminenK)
    2019-03-22 03:41

    Tämä kirja vei mukanaan. Voi lukea yhteen putkeen tai hitaasti nautiskellen, haaveillen kaukaisista saarista. Kartat ruokkivat mielikuvistustani. Tässä kirjassa kyllä myös kerrottiin mitä ihmisen saa aikaan saarilla, joten taisi kertoa enemmän meistä ihmisistä. Saaret löytyvät ja tulevat vahingossa löydyiksi. Mitä sen jälkeen tapahtuu? Kaikenlaista. Ihminen laittaa hösseliksi. Nimeää saaren ja piirtää siitä kartan. Mitä sen jälkeen? Kaikenlaista vapaudesta tyranniaan ja täystuhosta hiljaisuuteen. Kirjoitin tästä myös blogiin lempeän satiirisen ja esseemäisen tekstin. Kosminenk.wordpress.com. :)

  • Erica
    2019-04-14 08:27

    The concept is fascinating: each island is drawn in exquisite detail in black, white, and orange (for cities and roads) and stranded on an expanse of pale blue. The layout evokes the isolation, the constant threat of the ocean. On the facing page is a small bit of factual information about the island: size, population, name, language, latitude & longitude, distances from three nearest land masses, and a timeline of its discovery. Below that is the text of the book, a single paragraph telling the story of a single aspect of the island. It is brief, clipped almost, and highly poetic prose that sometimes borders on cliché (“feathered tribe” for example) and I wonder about the translator striking that balance between accessibly poetic and trite. Though the language can get saccharine (an unusual problem in my experience of translations from German, so something I definitely wondered about) the facts are exquisitely chosen.In some cases she focuses on the people, or a person: a horrifying historical event (hundreds of babies dying of tetanus), or something so surreal as to be unbelievable (Marc Liblin learning Rapa in his dreams as a six year old living in France). Sometimes its an environmental disaster, or surprising geographical feature. Very few are unremarkable – like most books intended for a mass market audience the pieces are dense with sensationalism disguised as fact. And some of these stories are easily verified by internet searching (the tetanus epidemic), and the sensationalism of the telling becomes quickly justified. But others, like the Marc Liblin story, is more or less unverifiable.As a proponent of lying in creative non-fiction it doesn’t trouble me too much. The idea is the more important thing, and stories can have an emotional truth without having a journalistic truth. She asserts as much in the introduction:“That’s why the question whether these stories are ‘true’ is misleading. All text in the book is based on extensive research and every detail stems from factual sources. I have not invented anything. However I was the discoverer of the sources, researching them through ancient and rare books and I have transformed the texts and appropriated them as sailors appropriate the lands they discover.” (20)Of course the Marc Liblin story takes place in the 1960s, so sources would not have been in “ancient and rare books,” and yet the only hits from a google search are other reviews of this book. So what. The story has all the resonance of a Borges story, and for that reason I accept it as an imaginative truth if nothing else.[Read the whole review: http://alluringlyshort.com/2013/06/15... ]

  • Barry
    2019-03-21 02:51

    This book attracted me because of two traits of mine. Firstly Wanderlust; I have a thing for maps and reading or watching documentaries about places, but rarely seem to go anywhere! And secondly the fact that often I am just pretty much a loner. So I had to order it in to my library right away. I knew it was a ‘literary atlas’ from the get go, something the part of my brain that loves knowledge could love while enjoy good creative writing, sounds perfect! Unfortunately, it’s not.I was left rather disappointed on both accounts. But first I’d just like to say the presentation is exquisite, lovely art style on the Island maps and all beautifully bound in the style of an old school atlas, this is one of the very, very rare books now-a-days which I would actually prefer not to use my Kindle for. But once you start reading it starts going downhill. On the atlas side; the hard facts, it’s simple a case of there not being enough information to really care about each Island. You get its Square km size, number of residents, km distances from its closest neighbours and a very meagre timeline of its major events, but that’s pretty much it. On to the writing and the problem is pretty much the same; the sparseness of it leaves it lacking any real depth. You get titbits of information, like I’m now aware of what Marlon Brando said about the Pitcairn Island, but in the timeline I’m also told that in 1856 residents resettled on Norfolk Island, then in 2002-5 there was a “rape trail”, where is the details on these? The quality of the writing it’s self is a bit hit-and-miss. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it flows correctly, but I am reading the English translation. But mostly it is very good, readable and creative, if there were ever more than 20 lines on a subject you could imagine a decent story coming out of it.In conclusion it’s a nice coffee table book, but for any depth there is much better historical fiction on all the major goings on here covered in the literary portions, and for actual real world information you’ll be better of using a high quality general atlas, leaving this book of pretty remote use.

  • Robert Vaughan
    2019-03-28 06:52

    What drew me originally to this book is my utter fascination with maps, travel and islands. In fact, the day the book arrived, I'd already made a list of all of the islands I'd ever been to (not including lakes, or rivers!) and it was longer than I'd expected. I decided to look up one, off the northeastern coast of Australia called Hinchinbrook Island, which I visited in 1993. At the time I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, the only one on the island, a modern day Swiss Family Robinson experience! Well, turns out, today Hinchinbrook Island is currently uninhabited; due to the most recent recession, and then Cyclone Yasi in 2010.Needless to say, this was the perfect opener for me to start reading the Atlas of Remote Islands. I loved the layout of the book, every single map, the sections set up by each different ocean, and each page devoted to another remote island! I also enjoyed how the author really found the short stories included about each different place, which helped the reader experience (even from our own remote place) what it was like as an explorer, or as an observer, a visitor, or a person who might have lived there. Some of the tales were really scary, and many were creepy, too. It made me ask some interesting questions about myself: why am I drawn to remote islands (places)? Why do I enjoy hearing the ocean at night?This is a book to read if you love to travel, love to explore what the "corners of the earth" have gone through, or are currently experiencing. And now you can do it all from your own home.