In 1912, six months after Robert Falcon Scott and 4 of his males got here to grief in Antarctica, a thirty-two-year-old Russian navigator named Valerian Albanov launched into an day trip that might turn out much more disastrous. looking for new Arctic looking grounds, Albanov's send, the Saint Anna, was once frozen quick within the pack ice of the treacherous Kara Sea-a misfortune grievously compounded via an incompetent commander, the absence of an important nautical charts, inadequate gasoline, and insufficient provisions that left the staff vulnerable and debilitated by means of scurvy.
For approximately a 12 months and a part, the twenty-five males and one lady aboard the Saint Anna persevered negative hardships and possibility because the icebound send drifted helplessly north. confident that the Saint Anna may by no means unfastened herself from the ice, Albanov and 13 crewmen left the send in January 1914, hauling makeshift sledges and kayaks at the back of them around the frozen sea, hoping to arrive the far away coast of Franz Josef Land. With just a shockingly misguided map to steer him, Albanov led his males on a 235-mile trip of constant peril, enduring blizzards, disintegrating ice floes, assaults through polar bears and walrus, hunger, disease, snowblindness, and mutiny. That any of the staff survived is a ask yourself. That Albanov stored a diary of his ninety-day ordeal-a tale that Jon Krakauer calls an "astounding, completely compelling book," and David Roberts calls "as lean and taut as an exceptional thriller"-is approximately miraculous.
First released in Russia in 1917, Albanov's narrative is the following translated into English for the 1st time. Haunting, suspenseful, and informed with gripping aspect, In the Land of White Death can now rightfully take its position one of the vintage writings of Nansen, Scott, Cherry-Garrard, and Shackleton.