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Voyage to Desolation Island

By: Jean-Paul Kauffmann
177 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Harvill Press
Voyage to Desolation Island
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  • Voyage to Desolation Island ISBN: 9781860469268 Hardback Dec 2001 Usually dispatched within 4 days
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Follows in the footsteps of the eighteenth century sailor Yves Joseph Kerguelen, who gave his name to the archipelago he discovered in the Indian Ocean. But when he made his discovery, Kerguelen was convinced he had found Hell. He did not go ashore and it was left to Captain Cook two years later to name its grey beach Christmas Harbour and to describe the towering black arch that astounded every sailor who saw it.

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Jean-Paul Kauffmann was born in 1944. A journalist, he was kidnapped in Beirut in May 1985 and was not released until May 1988. He is currently the editor of L'Amateur de Cigare. His The Dark Room at Longwood, in Patricia Clancy's translation, won the Scott Moncrieff Prize for 2000.
By: Jean-Paul Kauffmann
177 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Harvill Press
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Written between every line are the sufferings of his own captivity; his own struggle to come to terms with the loss of freedom, hope and time Andrea Stuart, The Independent of The Dark Room at Longwood; "The story of Napoleon's last years is beautifully interwoven with Kauffmann's attempt to understand how Napoleon felt in captivity... On these pages the very ghost of loneliness walks, vaporous, interminable" Susan Salter-Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
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