- Förväntas 21 jan 2021
- 139,00 kr
In a journey to some of the eeriest and most desolate places on earth, Cal Flyn investigates the abandoned areas of the world – what goes on there, and what might they be used for?
Ranging from continent to continent, Flyn travels to islands in Scotland where the resident cows look at humans without recognition. She meets the scarce few people who returned to their homes in the radiation zones of Chernobyl. She sneaks into a political no-man’s-land in Cyprus, a ghost town where the population were expelled so suddenly their dinner plates are still laid out on tables and armed guards police the perimeter. She visits Detroit, once America’s fourth largest city, but which has lost two-thirds of its population in the last seventy years, leaving entirely vacant streets, competitive junkers and blight – an irrepressible urban decay.
By turns haunted and hopeful, Flyn’s journey offers a startling history of human impact, an underpinning of the ecology behind nature’s rhythms, and – via this beautiful synthesis of the global tug of war between wildness and civilisation – a possible story of redemption.
Though many of these abandoned areas are the most polluted spots on Earth, nature is creeping back to compete and collaborate with the remnants of civilisation. In their capacity for change, these landscapes might provide the greatest opportunity for biological regrowth ever afforded.
PRAISE FOR ISLANDS OF ABANDONMENT
‘Through meticulous research, lyrical writing and a nose for finding the biological and human oddballs, she lets each place tell its own unique story … It made me think differently about nature, how it can survive in post-Apocalyptic environments, surprise the most eminent scientists and create beauty out of what we see as waste. Ultimately it shows how nature can heal a landscape broken by humans … At a time when writing about nature can be depressing, a book that goes to the most depressing places on Earth and finds hope is a revelation’
Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore
‘Cal Flyn takes us on a mercurial expedition into the strange lands of human surrender. Aftermaths that evoke not restoration, but reclamation and wonder. Our absence brings presence. Liminal places that mark our historic fingerprints, where mysterious new worlds have begun to evolve. From toxic sludge to feral cattle to mutant fish to dystopian seas, out of the deathbeds of Lazarus we trip along, wide eyed. I cannot imagine a better guide. Thought-full, care-full, fascinating, poignant, mysterious, surreal, compelling, pace pitch-perfect. I could go on … and on.’
Keggie Carew, bestselling and prizewinning author of Dadland
‘Islands of Abandonment gives a unique and necessary take on our planetary crisis. In uncovering the stories of nature's powers to rejuvenate and adapt even in the bleakest of circumstances, Cal Flyn spins a tale both tragic and shot through with hope, a finely crafted encapsulation of how it feels to live through these troubled times.
Adam Weymouth, Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2019