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Museum of Whales You Will Never See

Museum of Whales You Will Never See

by A. Kendra Greene

Meet the obsessives and dreamers of this remote island nation, and travel through the collections of Iceland's eclectic museums and into its curious past.

Format
Hardback
Category
Non-Fiction
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Publish Date
August 2020

Welcome to Iceland, a very small nation with a very large number (two hundred and sixty five) of (mostly) very small museums. Founded in the backyards of houses, begun as jokes or bets or memorials to lost friends, these museums tell the story of an enchanted island where bridges arrived only at the beginning of the 20th century, and waterproof shoes only with the second world war. A nation formerly dirt poor, then staggeringly rich, and now building its way to affluence once again. A nation where, in the remote and wild places, you might encounter still a shore laddie, a sorcerer or a ghost. From Reykjavik's renowned Phallological Museum to a house of stones on the eastern coast; from the curious monsters which roam the remote shores of Bildudalur to a museum of whales which proves impossible to find, here is an enchanted story of obsession, curation, and the peculiar magic of this isolated island.

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