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The consolations of the forest

Sylvain Tesson

The consolations of the forest

alone in a cabin on the Siberian Taiga

by Sylvain Tesson

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Published by Rizzoli Ex Libris in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Natural history,
  • French essays,
  • Homes and haunts,
  • Description and travel,
  • Wilderness areas

  • Edition Notes

    Translation of: Dans les forêts de Sibérie.

    StatementSylvain Tesson ; translated from the French by Linda Coverdale
    ContributionsCoverdale, Linda, translator
    The Physical Object
    Pagination243 p.
    Number of Pages243
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL27150664M
    ISBN 100847841278
    ISBN 109780847841271
    OCLC/WorldCa832278746

    It housed a single bed, a small table with a lamp, a chair, and a rug. Precious being the pertinent word. Here, in the whited-out silence, I have time to perceive the nuances of my own tectonics. To become a hermit and find out whether he has an inner life He understands that he will not escape and, at peace, discovers that limitation brings joy.

    By recording his impressions in the face of silence, his struggles in a hostile environment, his hopes, doubts, and moments of pure joy in communion with nature, Tesson makes a decidedly out-of-the-ordinary experience relatable. Make the necessary adjustments. What are you, anyway, when you become a hermit? It is the diary of a man who spent six months by himself in a cabin on a Siberian lake.

    Non-action sharpens all perception. Equipped with books, cigars, and vodka, plus a good knife and solar panels, Tesson takes time to look real life in the eye, and—in prose of startling clarity and candor—makes a spiritual quest both suspenseful and funny. Sausages and seal meat are slung on the table, vodka is passed around, and raucous conversation flies across the room at top speed and volume. He's won a major short story award, the Prix Goncourtand published half a dozen adventure travelogues in his native France. Noting carefully, almost daily, his impressions of the silence, his struggles to survive in a hostile nature, his despair, his doubts, but also its moments of ecstasy, inner peace and harmony with nature, Sylvain Tesson shares with us an extraordinary experience.


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The consolations of the forest by Sylvain Tesson Download PDF Ebook

In the morning, he would read, write, smoke, or draw, and then devoted hours to cutting the wood, shoveling snow, and fishing. Readers from across the globe are invited to join the intrepid traveler as he ventures into the subarctic realms with only his books, his vodka, and a sustaining supply of pasta and Tabasco sauce.

Then we feel like a world in ourselves, where gods and demons are locked in battle. To fulfil a seven-year-old dream of going to ground in a The consolations of the forest book. We push through the door, thinking to reach happiness, but quickly head back where we came from, which soon oppresses us afresh.

After all, he has six months to fill. To become a hermit and find out whether he has an inner life Silence is now a rare The consolations of the forest book valuable commodity which, coupled with extended time, can unveil extraordinary and typically dormant creativity within each of us.

There is a catalogue of understated adventure on mountains, in the forest, kayaking, fishing and prodigious vodka drinking with his Russian visitors. Even though two days might not sound like a lot, it stretched out beyond all recognition in the absence of distractionand every minute became beautiful.

The stars would be out in full force each night, viewable through a clearing in the canopy of treetops, and I would fall asleep to the timeless sound of cicadas. Writing from February to July, he shares his deep appreciation for the harsh but beautiful land, the resilient men and women who populate it, and the bizarre and tragic history that has given Siberia an almost mythological place in the imagination.

The satori cannot ever be repeated. His consequent book, Consolations of the Forestis a collection of journal entries written during that time, not to mention an inspiring and galvanizing peek into the vast realm of retreat.

And then, just as suddenly as they appear, the visitors take off. As you know, I love nature and solitude, and reading, very much, so having all of them together was a total gem for me.

He conjures villages that "smoke at the foot of hills", and traces the gold-and-turquoise glow of the cracks in the lake's frozen mantle, which look like "photos of stardust clouds" as they're hit by the sun. He faces his fears with copious amounts of vodka and literature, joyfully noting the tracks of a passing fox, the flight of a bird, a lichen twisting in the wind.

He has been exploring Central Asia—on foot, bicycle, and horse—since By recording his impressions in the face of silence, his struggles in a hostile environment, his hopes, doubts, and moments of pure joy in communion with nature, Tesson makes a decidedly out-of-the-ordinary experience relatable.

There are also interesting passages on his relationship with visitors, yes, he had a few visitors actually, and his growing friendship with a dog. He ponders the Russian, and also the Slavic, soul. From February to Julyhe lived in silence, solitude, and cold.

For seven months inhe followed the journey of escapees from the gulag, which took him from Yakutsk in Siberia to Calcutta in India on foot and brought him to international prominence with his remarkable travelogue, Axis of Wolf.

But really this should not stop you from trying this gorgeous narrative, something new and very refreshing. He had six shopping trolleys' worth of pasta; enough vodka to get regularly drunk; a stack of books that included volumes by NietzscheSade, Camus and Shakespeare; mountaineering equipment, and not much else.About this book.

The Consolations of the Forest

In Consolations of the Forest, Sylvain Tesson explains how he found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the The consolations of the forest book of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a cabin in the middle taiga, on the shores of Baikal, for six galisend.com Range: £ - £ Oct 11,  · “I wanted to settle an old score with time.

I had discovered that walking provided a way to slow it down. The alchemy of travel thickens seconds: those spent on the road passed less quickly than the others.” “The best way to kill the intensity of a moment is to feel obliged to catch it in a photo.”.

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