Today marks the release of Christiane Ritter’s astounding memoir of her year in the Arctic wilderness, A Woman in the Polar Night.
In 1934, Christiane Ritter followed her husband to Spitsbergen, a remote Arctic island on which he was conducted research. Where at first she was horrified, Ritter soon succumbed to the sublime beauty of the Arctic landscape, finding freedom in its vast openness and peace in the perpetual night.
I am conscious of the immense solitude around me. There is nothing that is like me, no creature in whose aspect I might retain a consciousness of my own self; I feel that the limits of my being are being lost in this all-too-powerful nature, and for the first time I have a sense of the divine gift of companionship.
For a limited time only, we are offering a companion set of books to celebrate the release of A Woman in the Polar Night.
If you order a copy before the end of the month, you can receive a free accompanying collection on the brutal northern climate, The Lure of the North.
Simply go to purchase the book here and apply the coupon POLARNIGHT at checkout to get your copies.