An Amazing Polar Drama
By Parijanine, Maurice
Translated by Lawrence Brown from the original French titled, Le â€śKrassineâ€ť au secours de l â€śItaliaâ€ť
New York: The Macaulay Company, 1929. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo â€“ 20.7 cm. 216; pp, 2 pp. Memorial to Roald Amundsen written by Lawrence Brown. Publisherâ€™s black cloth with red lettering on cover and spine. 15 black-and-white plates of photographic images, one two-page map. A near fine copy with no prior ownership markings, no foxing, folds or tears; internal hinges and gutters tight and un-cracked â€“ an unusually well-preserved copy in a fine, unclipped dust jacket. â€”Arctic Bibliography 13112
The heroine of this fascinating book is a warship of the Soviet Navy â€” an icebreaker named â€śThe Krassinâ€ť. The great feat which gained her and her crew world-fame was the spectacular rescue of the crew of the â€śItaliaâ€ť, commanded by General Nobile. This first person account is told by the only journalist onboard â€śThe Krassinâ€ť. Parijanine presents the story of murder and cannibalism among the â€śItaliaâ€ť crew who were marooned on the ice. The intimate descriptions of the hardships undergone by the rescued as well as the rescuers, are told in graphic detail. This is also the story of courage in the struggle for life against the forces of ice and death. â€” paraphrased from the dust jacket.