Thinking like an iceberg



Garden & Nature

Olivier Remaud

Actes Sud

Language of origin

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11.5 × 21.7 cm
225 pages
5 black and white illustrations

When we imagine icebergs and the Arctic tundra we see a world of motionless mountains of ice, trapped beneath a thick carpet of snow. Icebergs drift listlessly through the frozen waters, eternal solitary wanderers of the South amid total silence. All is ice. No soul alive. Nothing however could be further from the truth.

This work takes us into the secret world of the south and its frozen wilderness to consider it with new open eyes. Olivier Remaud takes us on a journey behind the cliché of immobility and lifelessness frozen in time to a place swarming with life. In his account, icebergs become essential actors in the food chain, biological Noah’s arcs. The ice floes suddenly become alive with sound and their deafening roar returns. We also disco- ver the inhabitants of these frozen masses as they solve the dilemmas of their glacial existences. Icebergs are living entities, not things but agents and partners in the social of species and ecosystems.

Confronted by the phenomenon of glacial melting all over the globe and the challenge of global warming, Olivier Remaud resituates the human being within the planet’s ecosystems including those that might seem inert. He invites us to “think like an ice- berg”. Icebergs are an important emblem of wildlife, antidotes to our narcissism. They remind us that everywhere is teeming with life, even in the apparently most inhabitable climes, and he encourages us to exercise more discretion in order to coexist with the planet’s swarming life forms.

Olivier Remaud

Olivier Remaud is a philosopher and director of studies at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales. He has notably published Un monde étrange. Pour une autre approche du cosmopolitisme (PUF, 2015), Les Archives de l'humanité. Essai sur la philosophie de Vico (Seuil, 2004) and Michelet. La Magistrature de l'histoire (Michalon, 1998).
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