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ISBN-10: 1789144876
ISBN-13: 9781789144871
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 11/26/2021
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.80" W, 0.70" H

The Sea: Nature and Culture

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Overview

Sailing across time and geography, the imaginary and the real, The Sea chronicles the many physical and cultural meanings of the watery abyss.

This book explores the sea and its meanings from ancient myths to contemporary geopolitics, from Atlantis to the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Richard Hamblyn traces a cultural and geographical journey from estuary to abyss, beginning with the topographies of the shoreline and ending with the likely futures of our maritime environments. Along the way he considers the sea as a site of work and endurance; of story and song; of language, leisure, and longing. By meditating on the sea as both a physical and a cultural presence, the book shines new light on the sea and its indelible place in the human imagination.

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"A whirlwind tour of the world's seas and oceans . . . from oceanography and marine biology to the specialist language of seafarers to the sea as it is represented in art, music, film, and literature, to a dire warning of the sea's vulnerability to anthropogenic global warming, overfishing, and the eternal life of plastics tossed unthinkingly into the sea. . . . What makes The Sea rare is Hamblyn's intellectual agility, his capacity to write freshly (and with extraordinary economy) about everything he touches on. He holds my interest and admiration throughout this gorgeously illustrated book."–Jonathan Raban, author of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings and editor of The Oxford Book of the Sea
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Details

ISBN-10: 1789144876
ISBN-13: 9781789144871
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 11/26/2021
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.80" W, 0.70" H
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