Four Against the Arctic by David Roberts
Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World

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Follows the author's reconstruction of the survival story of four eighteenth-century Russian sailors who were shipwrecked on the barren Arctic island of Svalbard for six years.

About David Roberts

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David Roberts is the author of seventeen books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published October 28, 2003 by Simon & Schuster. 320 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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He learns, from talking to northern Russian locals, how the men may have passed the long, dark time: keeping Saints' Days, doing daily chores, and engaging in the art of knot-tying (“each [hunter] ties a rope into an endless number of knots, now again unties it, and thus, now tying the knots, now...

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The author of Escape from Lucania uncovers an extraordinary tale, set in the mid–18th century, about four Russian hunters stranded on a desolate Arctic isle with scant resources, who survived for six years.

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