Francis Spufford, 5 August 1993
Show More The Things That Were Said of Them: Shaman Stories and Oral Histories of the Tikigaq People told by Asatchaq, translated by Tukummiq and Tom Lowenstein.
California, 225 pp., £18.95, February 1993, 0 520 06569 7Show More
Ancient Land, Sacred Whale: The Inuit Hunt and its Rituals by Tom Lowenstein.
Bloomsbury, 189 pp., £20, April 1993, 0 7475 1341 4Show More
“... Seventeenth-century books of Arctic travels contained occasional reports of a kingdom in the far north of the Americas called Estoty: just out of reach over the icy horizon with its wealth, its monarch, its city of copper-roofed houses. Eventually the chimera-collecting eye of Vladimir Nabokov fell on Estoty. The horribly spry cast of Ada live in a Russo-American arcadia of the same name – a suitable metamorphosis of one kind of impossibility into another, perhaps ...”