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Neu­es Buch: Ice Bear. The Cul­tu­ral Histo­ry of an Arc­tic Icon von Micha­el Engel­hard

Im Novem­ber erscheint ein span­nen­des neu­es Buch über Eis­bä­ren. Hier wird der König der Ark­tis aus einer ganz ande­ren Per­spek­ti­ve beleuch­tet, näm­lich als kul­tur­his­to­ri­sche Iko­ne der Ark­tis, wie schon der Titel sagt. Das ist viel­ver­spre­chend und ver­dient eine Ankün­di­gung an die­ser Stel­le.

Da das Buch nur auf eng­lisch erschei­nen wird, ist auch die fol­gen­de Beschrei­bung, die vom Ver­fas­ser des Buches stammt, auf eng­lisch.

Ice Bear
The Cul­tu­ral Histo­ry of an Arc­tic Icon


288 pp., 170 illus., 145 in color, 8 x 10 in. $29.95 paper­back, Novem­ber 2016

Prime Arc­tic pre­da­tor and nomad of the sea ice and tun­dra, the polar bear endu­res as a source of won­der, ter­ror, and fasci­na­ti­on. Humans have seen it
as spi­rit gui­de and fan­ged ene­my, as trade good and moral meta­phor, as food source and sym­bol of eco­lo­gi­cal cri­sis. Eight thousand years of arti­facts attest to its cha­ris­ma, and to the fraught rela­ti­onships bet­ween our two spe­ci­es. In the White Bear, we ack­now­ledge the magic of wild­ness: it is both genui­ne­ly its­elf and a screen for our ima­gi­na­ti­on.

Ice Bear traces and illu­mi­na­tes this intert­wi­ned histo­ry. From Inu­it shamans to Jean Har­low loung­ing on a bears­kin rug, from the cubs trai­ned to pull sleds toward the North Pole to cuddly super­star Knut, it all comes to life in the­se pages. With meti­cu­lous rese­arch and more than 160 illus­tra­ti­ons, the aut­hor brings into focus this powerful and elu­si­ve ani­mal. Doing so, he del­ves into the sto­ries we tell about Nature—and about ourselves—hoping for a future in which such tales still mat­ter.

MICHA­EL ENGEL­HARD works as a wil­der­ness gui­de in Arc­tic Alas­ka and holds an MA in cul­tu­ral anthro­po­lo­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alas­ka Fair­banks. His books include a recent essay coll­ec­tion, Ame­ri­can Wild: Explo­ra­ti­ons from the Grand Can­yon to the Arc­tic Oce­an. His wri­ting has also appeared in Sier­ra, Out­side, Audu­bon, Natio­nal Wild­life, Natio­nal Parks, High Coun­try News, and the San Fran­cis­co Chro­nic­le.

„Engelhard’s thought-pro­vo­king ico­no­gra­phy explo­res in depth the multi­tu­de of cul­tu­ral roles play­ed by the polar bear.“
David Fox, Ancho­ra­ge Press

„Engel­hard wea­ves tog­e­ther the dis­pa­ra­te pie­ces of our eclec­tic social and cul­tu­ral fasci­na­ti­on with polar bears. A tapestry of images reve­als our com­plex attach­ment to this Arc­tic icon.“
Andrew Dero­cher, aut­hor of Polar Bears: A Com­ple­te Gui­de to their Bio­lo­gy and Beha­vi­or

Ice Bear. The Cul­tu­ral Histo­ry of an Arc­tic Icon by Micha­el Engel­hard.

Cover image: Ice Bear. The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

Quel­le: Micha­el Engel­hard


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Letzte Änderung: 11. Oktober 2016 · Copyright: Rolf Stange