Beyond the Map (from the author of Off the Map)
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Mr B's review
An entertaining work of avant-garde geography. Alastair Bonnett takes us to places that don’t feature in tourist brochures: abandoned places, repurposed places, limbos and edges and places with no fixed location. He takes us to inhabited graveyards, islands of garbage and an abandoned WWII gun platform which was declared an independent state in 1967 and has since attempted to annex Felixstowe. On the way, he examines the fundamental human love of place, and its contribution to identity and memory.
Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up.
Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world around us. From emerging islands, disruptive enclaves and bold utopian visions to uncanny ruins, ghostly tunnels and hidden landscapes – these are destinations that lie beyond ordinary coordinates.
A follow on from the critically acclaimed Off the Map, this is a timely and fascinating discussion of place, ownership and ideas of state.
“Full of rich, strange anecdote, Beyond the Map skips restlessly around the globe… This fine book is an expert, engaged guide to how one might begin to start mapping these often perplexing processes.” * Prospect magazine *
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