The Book of Unconformities

The Book of Unconformities

Speculations on Lost Time

Book - 2020
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From the author of the acclaimed Insectopedia, a powerful exploration of loss, endurance, and the absences that permeate the present

When Hugh Raffles's two sisters died suddenly within a few weeks of each other, he reached for rocks, stones, and other seemingly solid objects as anchors in a world unmoored, as ways to make sense of these events through stories far larger than his own.

A moving, profound, and affirming meditation, The Book of Unconformities is grounded in stories of stones- Neolithic stone circles, Icelandic lava, mica from a Nazi concentration camp, petrified whale blubber in Svalbard, the marble prized by Manhattan's Lenape, and a huge Greenlandic meteorite that arrived with six Inuit adventurers in the exuberant but fractious New York City of 1897.

As Raffles follows these fundamental objects, unearthing the events they've engendered, he finds them losing their solidity and becoming as capricious, indifferent, and willful as time itself.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804197991
Branch Call Number: 930.14 RAFFLES
Characteristics: 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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