On Time and Water

Category: Book
By (author): Magnason, Andri Snaer
Translated By: Smith, Lytton
Series: Biblioasis International Translation
Subject:  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: March 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*

Asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn't writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland's most beloved writers and public intellectuals, protested: he wasn't a specialist, he said. It wasn't his field. But the scientist persisted: "If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context," he told him, "then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end."

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Magnason's resulting response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for a glacier to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally minded: a travel story, a world history, a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations-and is unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

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Praise for On Time and Water

"Andri Snær Magnason's perspective on his country's environment is unique and compelling … The author tries to understand, and tries to make the reader understand, why the climate crisis is not widely perceived as a distinct, transformative event in the manner of, say, the fall of the Berlin Wall or the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The fundamental problem, as this book elucidates, is time. Climate change is a disaster in slow motion, and yet ‘slow' is a great deal faster than many people seem able to comprehend."-The Economist

"Andri Snær Magnason combines intimate history and collective mythology, personal essay and exploration of memory, geography and environment, to bring the elusive reality of climate change painfully and dangerously close to each of us."-Paolo Giordano, author of Heaven and Earth

"With poetry and wonder Magnason summons deep emotions about our place on our planet. I was deeply moved and inspired by his words."-Darren Aronofsky

Praise for Andri Snaer Magnason

"Eco-lit needs more attention, and devotees will be pleased to discover a new addition from the Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason, who writes with a Seussian mix of wonder, wit and gravitas. ... immensely satisfying."-New York Times

"The love child of Chomsky and Lewis Carroll."-Rebecca Solnit

"Magnason has created an intimate epic that floats effortlessly between genres as diverse as fairy tale and political commentary, science fiction and social realism. The Casket of Time spans the chasm between 'once upon a time' and 'have you heard the news today' in a way that makes his philosophical fable feel both timely and timeless."-Bjarke Ingels

Biographical Note

Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer born in Reykjavik. He is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and documentary films. His book LoveStar won the Philip K. Dick special citation in 2014 and Le Grand prix de l'Imaginaire in France 2016, and his children's book, The Story of the Blue Planet was the first children's book to win the Icelandic literary award and has been published in 32 languages. The Casket of Time has received rave reviews in the New York Times and his book Dreamland: a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation has contributed to a new energy policy in Iceland and the vision of the Highland National Park in the Central Highlands of Iceland. Andri Snær Magnason ran for president in Iceland in 2016 and came third in the election.

Lytton Smith is a poet, professor, and translator from the Icelandic. His most recent translations include works by Kristin Ómarsdóttir, Jón Gnarr, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, and Guðbergur Bergsson. His most recent poetry collection, The All-Purpose Magical Tent, was published by Nightboat. Having earned his MFA and PhD from Columbia University, he currently teaches at SUNY Geneseo.