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Sandye--Here's another link to the site that I found before, which now displays every single page from the book! I remember that one couldn't get to the correct place through a link, so here are instructions for getting there from the home page, linked below. The URL for the home page, by the way, is


1. From the graphics in the center of the home page, choose the leftmost item, "Books."

2. Once on the next page, you will see "Books" in the menu on the left, and beneath the word "Books" you will see two hard-to-read items. Click on the second item, which is "Der Polarforscher." 

3. Give the next page time to load, because it contains lovely (woodcut?) illustrations (and text too small to be read) for the entire book Der Polarforscher. 


Note from Werner Richter:

Posted by Werner ( on October 03, 2000 at 05:34:48:

In Reply to: Der Polarforscher posted by Jef Tombeur on October 02, 2000 at 21:24:58:

>Illustr. Wagenbreth, Henning 
>Der Polarforscher 

Yes, it's "The Arctic Explorer," published by a little editing house called Maro in a series called "Die tollen Bücher" (like, "far-out books"). Same publisher as for "I Dated Jane Austen" (Mein Abend mit Jane Austen), another wonderful text. This one had a different illustrator though. And both books only mention the translator somewhere between the ISBN number and the address of the publisher's mistress, those ignorant eejits!

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More notes from Werner:

Posted by Werner ( on February 26, 2001 at 03:25:01:

In Reply to: Re: Der Polarforscher illustrations---more than before! posted by rgolomb on February 25, 2001 at 20:35:28:

Yes, wonderful, Rita, those woodcut illustrations come out very nicely, almost like in my last remaining copy (sorry, Sandye :-)

For some reason, though, the last few pages are missing. The log book ends on the 21st of January, with the arctic explorer quietly freezing to death. While the Inuit nearby are having a party on walrus fat. Quite a story!

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Posted by Werner ( on February 26, 2001 at 03:29:34:

In Reply to: Re: Der Polarforscher illustrations---more than before! posted by Werner on February 26, 2001 at 03:25:01:

I might add that this is the website of the illustrator, Henning Wagenbreth, a gifted guy from East Berlin who also digests a lot of the still current East/West polarity in German life -- as one can easily see from the other items on his presentation site.

from South Berlin


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