"Absolutely stunning."—Times Literary Supplement
"This outstanding, beautifully translated novel derives from the lifetime of the true nineteenth century explorer John Franklin…[whose] adventures are conveyed with spellbinding skill."—Publishers Weekly
The Discovery of Slowness—a large advertisement and demanding good fortune throughout Europe, the place it's thought of the preferred author's masterpiece—recounts the lifetime of the nineteenth-century British explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847).
Through the author's acute analyzing of background and his very good storytelling prowess, the reader follows John Franklin's improvement from awkward schoolboy and ridiculed youngster to day trip chief, governor of Tasmania, and icon of event. gradual and planned from boyhood, Franklin seemed destined to be a misfit. yet he escaped from the ever-expanding global of and Empire to the sea's silent panorama, the place the universe appeared extra plausible. At age fourteen he joined the military. After surviving the harrowing battles of Copenhagen and Trafalgar, he launched into numerous voyages of discovery into the Canadian North, and served as governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). everybody with whom he got here into touch sensed that Franklin was once an extraordinary guy, one that was once “out of his time” and who moved to another, grander beat. That beat finally led Franklin to sail as soon as more—on his ultimate, fateful voyage—into the Arctic looking for the Northwest Passage.
The Discovery of Slowness is a riveting account of a outstanding and sundry lifestyles. And it's also a profound and thought-provoking meditation on time. the result's an unforgettable and deeply relocating interpreting event that justifies the novel's acceptance as one of many classics of latest international literature.
"Nadolny evinces extraordinary empathy together with his not going Odysseus and Ralph Freedman's translation captures the crystalline freshness of the author's imagery."—Washington submit publication World
"The Discovery of Slowness is a masterpiece of characterization, a portrait of inwardness within the so much outward-thrusting of lives."—The New Republic
"Fluid and suspenseful, a thought-provoking reminder of up to date society's tendency to hurry via daily life."—The windfall Journal-Bulletin
"Amazing…His e-book is a ancient portray, a seafarer's novel, a love tale, an outcast's tale multi functional. This kind appears to be like very harmonious, simply because it by the way, nearly secretly, displays on our correct to find the area at our personal, own pace."—Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
"Sir John Franklin is the embodied distinction to the frenetic agitation of the fashionable international. the invention of slowness is the slowness of discovery."—New York evaluate of Books
"Nadolny's imaginative and prescient is conveyed with restraint and charm…He has written a Utopia of character."—New York instances e-book Review
"Its attraction lies in its remark of the feel of existence, visible through a personality who has to paintings every little thing out from first ideas. It should be learn slowly, to be absorbed up to understood."—Scotland On Sunday
"This is greater than an event; it is a meditation on time and perception…Not to be rushed, or forgotten."—The Herald
"Nadolny brilliantly units the narrative velocity to the rhythms of the frozen panorama, and to the 'slowness that is bred through hunger.'"—Robert MacFarlane
"This is either an excellent old novel and a spell-binding person portrait…This is a marvellous translation of a masterly work."—The Observer
Sten Nadolny (b. 1942) was once an historian and filmmaker, prior to writing 4 novels and collections of essays. He lives in Berlin and has been provided 4 prizes: Ingeborg Bachmann (1981), Hans-Fallada (1985), Premio Vallombrosa (1986), Ernst Hoferichter (1995). The Discovery of Slowness (1983) has been translated into all significant languages.