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Off the Map: Lost Spaces, Invisible Cities, Forgotten Islands, Feral Places and What They Tell Us About the World (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. April 2015


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  • Taschenbuch: 310 Seiten
  • Verlag: Aurum Press (2. April 2015)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 178131361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781313619
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,9 x 20 cm
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'An absorbing book packed with remarkable facts... a joy to read' Daily Mail 'Alastair Bonnett's high-speed world tour of places and non-places whose stories would bring the most somnolent class to life. Bonnett zooms effortlessly around far-off spots - sometimes in person, more often via the internet - but he does not ignore those closer to home. Fizzingly entertaining and enlightening book.' -- Tom Fort Daily Telegraph 'A mesmerising study of ambiguous temporary places.' Geographical Magazine 'Fearlessly explores the dark side of humanity while constantly challenging our conceptions of place, borders and boundaries, and how we as humans use locations and geography to define ourselves and the world around us. Importantly, Bonnett's careful research and fascinating theories are complemented with passages of wonderfully written prose. A thought provoking triumph.' -- James Reader The Great Outdoors "A fascinating delve into uncharted, forgotten and lost places. But it's not just a trivia-tastic anthology of remote destinations but a nifty piece of psycho-geography, explaining our human need for these cartographical conundrums." Wanderlust "Bonnett dares us to rethink exploration in a world that has been fully charted, taking us from micronation Sealand - a forsaken sea fort claimed by a Brit as his own sovereign nation - to Arne, a Second World War decoy city that saved thousands of lives. Forty-seven fascinating essays prove why "our topophilia can never be extinguished or sated" and how these locations over insights into our history and society." Monocle

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ALASTAIR BONNETT is Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University. Previous books include What is Geography? (Sage, 2008) and How to Argue (Pearson, 2001). He has also contributed to history and current affairs magazines on a wide variety of topics, such as world population and radical nostalgia. Alastair was editor of the avant-garde, psychogeographical, magazine Transgressions: A Journal of Urban Exploration between 1994-2000. He was also involved for many years in situationist and anarchist politics. His latest research projects are about memories of the city and themes of loss and yearning in modern politics.

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Von Peer Sylvester TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 6. Januar 2015
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In diesem Buch geht es um ungewöhnliche Orte im weitesten Sinne. Es beginnt mit einer Insel, die gar nicht existiert, aber die jahrelang auf Karten verzeichnet war. Ich hatte darüber schon bei Axel Bojanowski gelesen, aber Bonnett ist etwas ernsthafter und weitet seinen Artikel mit Ausblicken auf andere Orte aus. Und es war so ziemlich der einzige Ort, von dem ich bereits wusste. Was Bonnett hier zusammenträgt ist enorm: eine Russische Stadt, die geheim bleiben möchte. Eine Beduienstadt, die ständig zerstört wird. Eine eigenständige Nation, die auf einer ehemaligen FLAK-Anlage vor der Küste Englands gegründet wurde (und die von Großbritannien als außerhalb des Hoheitsbereiches liegend anerkannt wurde). Eine Dinge findet man nicht einmal bei Wikipedia! Dabei sind die Artikel meistens kurz, aber aureichend lang. Oft gibt Bonnett noch eine etwas größere Bedeutung, die über das eigentliche Kuriosum hinausgeht. Das einzige was fehlt, sind Fotos, aber ansonsten steht es ganz klar in einer Reihe mit Büchern wie Strange Maps oder Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln.
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"A book of floating islands, dead cities and hidden kingdoms..." 16. Juli 2014
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When Jeremiah Heaton hit the headlines last week for traveling across an arid stretch of southern Egypt to Bir Tawil and planting a flag on an unclaimed, uninhabited 800-square arid block of land that neither Sudan nor Egypt want, claiming it in the Heaton name as the Kingdom of North Sudan in order to fulfill a promise to his seven-year-old daughter Emily that he would make her a princess, I'm willing to bet that I'm one of a handful of people in the world that knew where the hell this place was or why on earth it was up for grabs in this way. Why? Because I'd read my way through Alastair Bonnett's fascinating assortment of profiles of this and dozens of other geographic oddities, from a 27 kilometer-long road that separates border posts (leaving the land in between technically neither Guinea nor Senegal, or both...) to the dead city of Agdan in Nagorno Karabakh, to tiny "gutterspaces" (available for sale, but just trying occupying one...) in New York City and the vast floating garbage islands in the Pacific. A few of these places I had heard of, like Sealand -- the attempt to build an independent nation on an abandoned oil rig -- but others, like layers of enclaves, were new to me. (Imagine: an Indian community, inside a Bangladeshi enclave, in an Indian village, inside Bangladesh...)

This book was a source of endless fascination, and left me pondering an equally endless numbers of questions revolving around our relationship to the space we occupy, and to the ways that our sense of identity is bound up with that space. We may believe that we live in an era where geographical exploration is a thing of the past, but that is less true that we might believe, as Bonnett points out. Part of it may simply be a matter of describing what we mean when we use the phrase. Then, too, it turns out that there ARE places on which most of us have never yet set foot, like North Sentinel Island. We don't know what the locals call it, because we've never had any contact with them. Ever. They've killed people who have landed there, and have made it VERY clear they don't want us there. (Their islands are near the Andaman and Nicobar islands.) And we've decided to let 'em be.

There are 47 short segments here, ranging from traffic islands to cities of the living inhabiting vast cemetaries, from pirate communities to invented nations in central Europe. I did sometimes think that it might have been more interesting to have read a work of narrative nonfiction, in which Bonnett presented his thesis and used these as anecdotes, rather than a book that is composed simply of vignettes (it ended up feeling a lot like a coffee table book, only without the pictures), ultimately that didn't spoil my pleasure. And Bonnett does a great job in presenting his thesis about our relationship to place -- and to geography itself -- in both his introduction and conclusion, so I didn't feel short-changed.

On the contrary, this was a delightful book. Some critics have noted you can find this content online. Sure -- if you know what to look for. This is a topic I've been interested in for at least a decade, ever since I attended a seminar on "Imaginary Nations" at the New School in New York, and I've got a graduate degree in international relations, with a strong interest in geopolitics (and hence, border issues). Nonetheless, half of these topics I had never even heard of. And to have them all presented in one place, engagingly written, is a great starting point for anyone whose curiosity is likely to be piqued by the topic. Does it answer all questions? Nope. And my advance review copy, alas, didn't include a bibliography or notes.

This is often quirky and always fascinating, and if it doesn't inspire in a curious-minded reader an interest in even the space around them -- and what may lie beneath the surface or hidden around a corner -- I'd be astonished. It's a reminder that what we see when we travel and what goes unnoticed and unremarked until some apparently eccentric guy like Mr. Heaton intent on making his daughter a princess brings it to our attention, can be fascinating. We may never ever want to visit Bir Tawil -- Bonnett notes that satellite photos show there are no buildings and that even its desert tracks have disappeared. But it's rare that I finish reading a book and feel that I've made as many discoveries along the way, about places like Bir Tawil, as I did in the course of reading this.
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A strong recommendation 12. Juli 2014
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Before I bought the book I read both the favorable and the critical reviews and I was prepared to be a bit disappointed. On the contrary, I found the book completely fascinating. There is rich detail, interesting facts and high-quality writing throughout. As a senior citizen who's done a lot of traveling over the years, I was surprised that I hadn't even heard of most of the places in the book and I commend the author for his most impressive research skills. I buy a lot of books on Amazon -- usually several a week -- and I'd place this book in the top three I've purchased in the last several years (I've never written a review before but this book deserves an excellent one). Great reading.
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Fascinating Look at Geography and the Idea of "Place" 27. Mai 2014
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Warning: This is not a travel guide. It is a book about the history and significance of boundaries, or a lack therof. It is not meant to be comprehensive. With Unruly Places, author Alastair Bonnett challenges readers to rethink the idea of "place" and how people interact with the world. The book consists of eight main sections that contain short essays on 4 to 10 different places that somehow connect to the section title. The essays are only about 4-5 pages each and are easily digestible. One of the challenges of reading the book is orienting to what the author is aiming to do. This is not exactly easy, at the start, but becomes more so the more you get into it. Since Bonnett is a professor of social geography, his expertise is in how we look at the world and the places we inhabit or don't inhabit. There is a philosophical bent throughout the book along with it being filled with locations mundane and extraordinary. While it would be easy to believe that this book is telling you about why this part of the world or that part is unique or inscrutable, what you really get a tour of ideas and concepts regarding people's perception of place. Each essay does not strictly adhere to the heading. Rather, the attempt is to provide background, history, a sense of time, and, in the end, place. Because the idea of place is such an innate part of human existence and how we relate to our surroundings, a lack of place or feeling that one has no place is just as valid a feeling as seen throughout the book.

Some people will love the almost random nature of the writing of Unruly Places. Others will likely complain that it feels too disconnected at times. Personally, I quite enjoyed the trip through different theories on the idea of place. Each of the eight sections is basically a theory, after all. This could have been just a quick read, but the author turns the book into something to be delved into and studied. The anecdotes are not merely stories to amuse or entertain. They are teaching moments and thinking moments. While, in the end, there does seem rather a large emphasis on the part of the world Bonnett is most familiar with, he still manages to raise valid discussion points and look at his part of the world with a different lens than what he used to. By looking at the world in a different way, he brings to light the fact that boundaries are difficult, necessary, and fascinating while also being limiting. Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies is an intriguing read that forces you to look at your surroundings and reconsider your own place in the world.
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Great read for geography and travel fans 9. Juni 2014
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"Unruly Places" is a series of short essays, grouped thematically, about various unique spaces, both natural and unnatural. These spaces are not organized by geography but rather by what kind of spaces they are, i.e. lost cities, no-mans' lands, breakaway nations, and even floating islands. Each essay is a short, digestible chunk, making this book really easy to read in bits and pieces. The writing style is playful and authentic, and you are almost certain to both learn a few new things and pause every now and then to think. The book doesn't include any maps, but each place has a latitude and longitude associated with it, making it quite enjoyable to pop open Google Maps and explore any interesting place you might find.

"Unruly Places" is a unique and fun travelogue that will appeal to anyone interested in a few of the less tame places on our very well-mapped and explored globe.
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What is where? Where is what? 30. Juni 2014
Von Jessica Weissman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Alastair Bonnett has put together the stories of about 50 unusual places - islands that have disapppeared, places that are part of no nation ("no man's lands"), places where borders are so twisted together that some places seem to be part of two nations, abandoned cities, enclaves of one country within another country, hidden tunnels, and so on. Many are virtually unknown.

He tries to mix this with meditations on what a place is, but there's no need. The stories themselves illustrate and convey the questions and issues. The writing is decent enough, and treatment of each spot brisk enough that this reader, at least, didn't get bored. I'm not sure the whole thing hangs together, but then there's no reason it has to.

Don't expect a travelogue, and don't expect deep insights. This is more than an entertaining set of oddities - because Bonnet is a geographer after all - and he wisely doesn't try to hammer everything into one sheet. And don't take the "inscrutable" part of the title seriously.

Enjoy it for what it is.
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