A Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize Notable Book, 2005
A Dream in Polar Fog is at once a cross-cultural journey, an ethnographic chronicle of the Chukchi people, and a politically and emotionally charged Arctic adventure story.
John MacLennan, a Canadian sailor, is stranded on the northeastern tip of Siberia, left behind by his ship. One native Siberian community adopts the wounded stranger and teaches him to live as a true human being. Rytkheu’s empathy, humor, and provocative voice guide us across the magnificent landscape of the North and reveal all the complexities and beauty of a vanishing world.
A Dream in Polar Fog is one of the debut titles in the Rainmaker translation series, a collection of books meant to encourage a lively reading experience of contemporary world literature drawn from diverse languages and cultures. Archipelago also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Black Mountain Institute.