The Living Mountain (Canons): A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland: 6

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The Living Mountain (Canons): A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland: 6

The Living Mountain (Canons): A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland: 6

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Dried mud flats, sun-warmed, have a delicious touch, cushioned and smooth; so has long grass at morning, hot in the sun, but still cool and wet when the foot sinks into it, like food melting to a new flavour in the mouth. There are chapters on the plants that scratch out a living and the animals and birds, in particular the eagle, and even though it is a harsh place the impact that man still has had.

Featuring extraordinary illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and an exclusive introduction by Janina Ramirez, each of the 750 numbered copies has been signed by both contributors.

Opgetekend in de jaren 40, gepubliceerd in 1977 en nu pas vertaald: de vitale ode van Nan Shepherd aan haar beminde Schotse bergketen Cairngorms bewandelde een talmend pad. I could smell the autumn leaves, feel a slight chill in the air, hear and feel the wind as a movement. Written during the Second World War, it took another 30 years for The Living Mountain book to be published, but today Nan Shepherd’s novel is considered one of the greatest pieces of mountain literature ever written. This book, written around the end of the Second World War and first published in 1977, has become a touchstone of landscape and place writing in the decade or so since Canongate published it in a new edition with an introduction from Robert Macfarlane. When the air is quite still, there is always running water; and up here that is a sound one can hardly lose, though on many stony parts of the plateau one is above the watercourses.

Paul Scraton is the editor in chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and the author of Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany’s Baltic coast (Influx Press, 2017) as well as the Berlin novel Built on Sand (Influx Press, 2019). The wisdom of this ban seems to have been borne out by the increasing dangers, brawls, ill-will and trash that have sullied the commercial summits of Mount Everest. One of its interesting elements is how closely it links to similar cultural themes emerging from other parts of the world. Nobody is spared – not the colonisers or the formerly colonised; not even the scientists among the Anthropoi counselling “sustainable development”. In addition to the cookie controls that we mentioned above, if you are a Facebook user you can opt out by following this link.Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall). The final few chapters did if for me, as Shepherd goes deep within herself to find her purpose in her external surroundings. An impassioned ode to Nan Shepherd's beloved Cairngorm mountains in the Scottish Highlands, her poetic descriptions and astute observations transport the reader to this beautiful, remote and rugged landscape. It has an odd habit of dying in patches, and when a dead branch is snapped, a spicy odour comes from it. It is therefore when the body is keyed to its highest potential and controlled to a harmony profound deepening into something that resembles trance, that I discover most nearly what it is to be.

She explicitly refers to Taoism and Buddhism and the way in which interaction between human physicality (being in the body) and seemingly 'lifeless' matter is nevertheless possible.The ban on scaling the mountain that is central to Ghosh’s story echoes Bhutanese prohibitions today. Strang often works in collaboration with poets and musicians and in 2018 was accepted as a professional member of the SSA (Society of Scottish Artists). Even though it is so short, Shepherd still manages to covey the sense of place, the beauty and the wildness of the Cairngorms with such amazing brevity. I think the plateau is never quite so desolate as in some days of early spring, when the snow is rather dirty, perished in places like a worn dress; and where it has disappeared, bleached grass, bleached and rotted berries and grey fringe-moss and lichen appear, the moss lifeless, as though its elasticity had gone.

Compiled, written and edited by Peter Gillman for The Folio Society, Everest: From Reconnaissance to Summit is an exclusive record of five key expeditions, introduced by Wade Davis and Jan Morris with superlative photography from the Royal Geographical Society archives. I have only been to that corner of Scotland a couple of times, both in childhood, and so I cannot be sure if my memories of the landscape are real, or based on other sources, not least Shepherd’s wonderfully descriptive prose. Nan Shepherd's writing is meditative without being soppy, observant without being pedantic, poetic without being self-consciously overwritten.The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain * * Guardian * * Most works of mountain literature are written by men, and most of them focus on the goal of the summit. Awoiska van der Molen: ‘Regardless of how personal the starting point of my work may be, in the end I hope my images touch the strings of a universal knowledge, something lodged in our bodies, our guts, an intuition that reminds us of where we came from ages ago. One reads something extraordinary, and then, in language only slightly less extraordinary, she shows you how she did it: "In the darkness one may touch fires from the Earth itself. This book is the final convincing factor in sending me to re-read and enjoy the richness of the best.



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