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Publication in France:
13 April 2017

900 pages

 
Antarctica - The Continent That Drove Men Mad

Dominique LE BRUN

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Greek geographers first conceived of the place over two thousand years ago - they called it the 'Counter-Earth', a mysterious land which supposedly counterbalanced the continental mass of the northern hemisphere. It disappeared during the Middle Ages, only to resurface when the first explorers to venture into the low southern latitudes in the 16th century claimed to have glimpsed an immense land mass.
From that moment on, adventurous spirits sought it relentlessly, even at the cost of their reason or their lives. Some spoke of an Eden as vast as America, and entire fortunes were swallowed up in the hope of colonising its blessed shores. In the process, Australia, Easter Island and barren archipelagos were discovered, all of which were associated with tales of drama and disappointment.
When Antarctica, a continent of ice and darkness, did finally loom into the sight of the ships, it did nothing to dissipate the dreams, or indeed the delirious nightmares, such as the notion that there was a subterranean Nazi base located beneath the Mühlig-Hofmann Mountains where Hitler was living out his days...
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" Léger, pratique et coloré, ce Country Guide est un compagnon de choix pour partir sur les traces des plus grands explorateurs ! "L'Amour des Livres 06/03/2017

"Dominique Le Brun retrace - récits de voyages à l'appui - les illusions et la réalité de cette longue recherche dont les héros témoignaient d'une obstination surhumaine. "Centre Presse 09/05/2017

" C'est une invitation au voyage perpétuel, entre vagues hurlantes et douceurs paradisiaques. Capitaine, quand partons-nous ? "Ouest France 20/05/2017

" Dominique Le Brun retrace les multiples expéditions de ces navigateurs et aventuriers, tels Cook, Dumont d'Urville, Amundsen, ou Shackleton, qui ont risqué leur vie et leur fortune à la recherche de ce vaste continent de glace, qui, de nos jours, se trouve à nouveau menacé. Un autre défi en perspective ? "Neptune Yachting Moteur 01/06/2017