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In 1912 six months after Robert Falcon Scott and four of his men came to grief in Antarctica a thirty two year old Russian navigator named Valerian Albanov embarked on an expedition that would prove even disastrous In search of new Arctic hunting grounds Albanov's ship the Saint Anna was frozen fast in the pack ice of the treacherous Kara Sea a misfortune grievously compounded by an incompetent commander the absence of crucial nautical charts insufficient fuel and inadeuate provisions that left the crew weak and debilitated by scurvyFor nearly a year and a half the twen. Someone please explain to me why in the middle of the New England winter I set out to read books about Arctic and Antarctic expeditions I was looking back and saw that I read about Shackleton s trip last winter and Robert Scot s the winter before It struck me that it s similar to my need to listen to the saddest music I can find when I m feeling sad Maybe the best way to make it through winters and sadness is to go to them and through them instead of trying to avoid them What a gem of a find this book is In 1922 Valerian Albanov a Russian navigator sets off in a small ship steam and sail with a proposed trajectory from Alexdraovsk present day Murmansk to Vadivostok My jaw dropped when I Googled the map of Russia Start off at the top of Russia a stone s throw from the Arctic sea and then travel across all the northern boundary of Russia and then when you hit the end go South to almost the end of the Eastern boundary They set out in late August which is a couple of months too late and by October the ship finds itself trapped in the ice of the Kara sea It wintered over the ice expecting to be set loose by the warmth of the following summer but summer came without warmth and with no deliverance In the meantime the ship kept drifting north some 2400 miles from where it first was trapped Another year goes by and finally Albanov second in command and thirteen other crew members set off in a southerly direction with Kayaks and sleds in search of land leaving the rest of the crew behind What makes this book so extraordinary is first the book is Albanov s first person account of his journey only he and another sailor make it out alive and second Albanov can write His diary is not the usual cold blooded Three miles against gail winds Seal blubber almost gone Spirits low Albanov rails against his lazy careless crew with Dostoievskian relish He describes what he sees with the eyes and words of a poet But most of all and now that I think of it maybe this is why I read these books the man exudes through his words and exemplifies through his actions a kind of hope and courage that seems than human Why keep on month after month in unbelievable hopeless hardship Why not just lay yourself down and sleep your way to a peaceful death The writing is so real remember this isn t fiction that you cannot help but to put yourself right next to Albanov and wonder whether you would have it in you to persist and go on and not give up I don t know the answer to that I think probably not But I am strengthened by the fact that men like Albanov did And this knowledge makes my own small winter bearable Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark kept drifting north some 2400 miles from where it first was trapped Another year goes by and finally Albanov second in command and thirteen other crew members set off in a southerly direction with Kayaks and sleds in search of land leaving the rest of the crew behind What makes this book so extraordinary is first the book is Albanov s first person account of his journey only he and another sailor make it out alive and second Albanov can write His diary is not the usual cold blooded Three miles against gail winds Seal blubber almost gone Spirits low Albanov rails against his lazy careless crew with Dostoievskian relish He describes what he sees with the eyes and words of a poet But most of all and now that I think of it maybe this is why I read these books the man exudes through his words and exemplifies through his actions a I Love You Almost Always kind of hope and courage that seems than human Why Gloom Town keep on month after month in unbelievable hopeless hardship Why not just lay yourself down and sleep your way to a peaceful death The writing is so real remember this isn t fiction that you cannot help but to put yourself right next to Albanov and wonder whether you would have it in you to persist and go on and not give up I don t uinze dias know the answer to that I think probably not But I am strengthened by the fact that men like Albanov did And this Cheating for the Chicken Man knowledge makes my own small winter bearable

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In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic

Tarvation sickness snowblindness and mutiny That any of the team survived is a wonder That Albanov kept a diary of his ninety day ordeal a story that Jon Krakauer calls an astounding utterly compelling book and David Roberts calls as lean and taut as a good thriller is nearly miraculousFirst published in Russia in 1917 Albanov's narrative is here translated into English for the first time Haunting suspenseful and told with gripping detail In the Land of White Death can now rightfully take its place among the classic writings of Nansen Scott Cherry Garrard and Shackleton. I have a fascination with the Arctic and Arctic stories and this hit the spotIn 1912 Albanov signed on to an expedition to the Russian Arctic as Navigator on the Saint Anna The ship was almost immediately locked in ice and after two years with no thaw in sight Albanov set off with 13 other men to escape the ice and find land They crossed miles of ice and open water finally reaching some tiny islands but even that doesn t guarantee their safetyThis is a translation of Albanov s diary beginning in the days before he leaves the ship and ending once he reaches Russia proper It s a fascinating story and Albanov is an honest and thoughtful narrator He also does a wonderful job describing the animals and landscape of the Arctic and doesn t skimp on the hardship The text is lightly annotated to correct factual errors or to suggest medical explanations for some of the things that happened but it s almost entirely his words on the page You can t help but admire someone who refused to leave his diary behind and wrote bent over a smoky bear fat lamp with frozen finger just so he could keep a recordIf you re interested in Shackleton or you liked The Terror or if you like expedition narratives definitely pick this up It s fascinating extremely readable and gives a glimpse into a world very few of us will ever experience Something in the Wine The Moonstone Series kept a diary of his ninety day ordeal a story that Jon Krakauer calls an astounding utterly compelling book and David Roberts calls as lean and taut as a good thriller is nearly miraculousFirst published in Russia in 1917 Albanov's narrative is here translated into English for the first time Haunting suspenseful and told with gripping detail In the Land of White Death can now rightfully take its place among the classic writings of Nansen Scott Cherry Garrard and Shackleton. I have a fascination with the Arctic and Arctic stories and this hit the spotIn 1912 Albanov signed on to an expedition to the Russian Arctic as Navigator on the Saint Anna The ship was almost immediately locked in ice and after two years with no thaw in sight Albanov set off with 13 other men to escape the ice and find land They crossed miles of ice and open water finally reaching some tiny islands but even that doesn t guarantee their safetyThis is a translation of Albanov s diary beginning in the days before he leaves the ship and ending once he reaches Russia proper It s a fascinating story and Albanov is an honest and thoughtful narrator He also does a wonderful job describing the animals and landscape of the Arctic and doesn t skimp on the hardship The text is lightly annotated to correct factual errors or to suggest medical explanations for some of the things that happened but it s almost entirely his words on the page You can t help but admire someone who refused to leave his diary behind and wrote bent over a smoky bear fat lamp with frozen finger just so he could Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark keep a recordIf you re interested in Shackleton or you liked The Terror or if you like expedition narratives definitely pick this up It s fascinating extremely readable and gives a glimpse into a world very few of us will ever experience

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Ty five men and one woman aboard the Saint Anna endured terrible hardships and danger as the icebound ship drifted helplessly north Convinced that the Saint Anna would never free herself from the ice Albanov and thirteen crewmen left the ship in January 1914 hauling makeshift sledges and kayaks behind them across the frozen sea hoping to reach the distant coast of Franz Josef Land With only a shockingly inaccurate map to guide him Albanov led his men on a 235 mile journey of continuous peril enduring blizzards disintegrating ice floes attacks by polar bears and walrus s. This is a great a little book After their boat was frozen in for 2 years a group sets off across the ice flows to find help The only bad thing was the journal that Valerian kept on the ship for the 2 years was lost I would have loved to read that story This first hand account of the trek across a frozen ocean is amazing Well documented and gripping His experience is truly something that very few have or ever will understand I actually read the book twice back to back Yes when I finished reading it I started over and read it again I love exploration history and few stories rival this accomplishment It shows that the will to survive can drive men to almost super human feats of strength and endurance Beware the walruses জামশেদ মুস্তফির হাড় kept on the ship for the 2 years was lost I would have loved to read that story This first hand account of the trek across a frozen ocean is amazing Well documented and gripping His experience is truly something that very few have or ever will understand I actually read the book twice back to back Yes when I finished reading it I started over and read it again I love exploration history and few stories rival this accomplishment It shows that the will to survive can drive men to almost super human feats of strength and endurance Beware the walruses


10 thoughts on “In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic

  1. says:

    Someone please explain to me why in the middle of the New England winter I set out to read books about Arctic and Antarctic expeditions I was looking back and saw that I read about Shackleton's trip last winter and Robert Scot's the winter before It struck me that it's similar to my need to listen to the saddest music I can find when I'm feeling sad Maybe the best way to make it through winters and sadness is

  2. says:

    Amazing and harrowing this is the incredible first hand account of a desperate costly but successful attempt to fi

  3. says:

    Hey let's go search for new discoveries in the unknown frozen Russian Arctic And let's do it with a completely chaotic and disorganized expedition with only five experienced seamen Let's do itHey let's not worry about getting stuck in the ice because we have an abundance of supplies And let's not worry when the members of the expedition start losing their teeth to scurvy Let's do itHey let's not bother to figu

  4. says:

    In 1975 Arctic expert William Barr wrote “The name of Valerian Ivanovich Albanov must be ranked among those of the immortals of polar explor

  5. says:

    This is a great a little book After their boat was frozen in for 2 years a group sets off across the ice flows to find help The only bad thing was the journal that Valerian kept on the ship for the 2 years was lost

  6. says:

    Fascinating well written horrifying This is a mesmerizing story by Russian navigator Valerian Ivanovich Albanov of the plight of the Russian schooner Saint Anna which attempted an Arctic voyage across the Northeast Passage to Vladivostok in 1912 Two years later only Albanov and one other crew member survived and the Saint Anna which they departed with about 14 men in homemade kayaks and sledges when it became frozen in ice was ne

  7. says:

    I have a fascination with the Arctic and Arctic stories and this hit the spotIn 1912 Albanov signed on to an expedition to the Russian Arctic a

  8. says:

    My favorite thing about these true stories of Arctic survival are the details I want to feel the cold biting into my skin The drudgery and camaraderie of day to day living both on ship and on the ice The God awful fear of not knowing whether you'll make it home or die a cruel frozen death I didn't feel any of

  9. says:

    A harrowing epic of survival hope and the will of the human spirit to survive Good story and best have a warm fire going or read it in the summer

  10. says:

    Here we are back in the Arctic because apparently I never learn I thought this would just be a standard journalistic read about yet another doomed Arctic uest and until I got to the epilogue that's exactly what it was If you read this book whatever you do do not skip the epilogue That's where the real drama unfo