Silence: In the Age of Noise (Hardcover)
Have you experienced this: emerging gentle from dreamstate into waking, and without talk, without radio, with no blot on silence, dwelling in that quiet as far into the day as possible? Arctic explorer Erling Kagge asks and explores these fundamental questions: What is silence? Where is it? Why is it more important now than ever? This beautiful, elegiac book is to be kept close at hand; to be read and re-read. I’m giving it to everyone this holiday season. I’m wishing silence into everyone’s life. -Peter— From Winter Gazette 2017
What is silence?
Where can it be found? Why is it now more important than ever? In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book. an astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness--and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. (With full-color photographs throughout.)
About the Author
Explorer, lawyer, art collector, publisher, and author, ERLING KAGGE is the first person to have completed the Three Poles Challenge on foot--the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest. He has written six previous books on exploration, philosophy, and art collecting, and runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company based in Oslo, where he lives.