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Shark Drunk (Vintage Departures) (Paperback)

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We all dream big with our friends, of outlandish trips and life-changing goals. But in Shark Drunk Stroksnes and his friend Hugo Aasjord make it happen, setting out to catch a Greenland shark (roughly 26 feet long and weighing about a ton). Balancing the excursion with tales of family and science, etymology and myth, this is a beautiful narrative of our relationships with nature, the world, and ourselves.

— Rachel

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ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

The Lofoten islands in Norway are as isolated and forbidding as they are majestic. In this true story, two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, set out onto the icy waters surrounding the islands. Their quest: to pursue the infamous Greenland shark--a massive creature that can grow to twenty-six feet in length and more than a ton in weight--from a tiny rubber boat. But the shark is not known for its size alone: its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world's most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own, sometimes intoxicated, observations.

About the Author


MORTEN STRØKSNES is a Norwegian journalist and writer. He has published eight critically acclaimed books of literary reportage and contributed to several others. Translated by Tiina Nunnally.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781101972939
ISBN-10: 1101972939
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Vintage Departures

 

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