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Sigri Sandberg
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The winter in Norway is long and dark. But is that really so? Two thirds of the population, and 80 percent in North America, can no longer see the Milky Way at night. More and more street lamps, garden lighting and light screens illuminate the sky. What are the effects of all this artificial light on people, animals and everything that lives?

As long as she can remember, Sigri Sandberg has been scared in the dark. She undertakes a trip to the mountains in the dead of winter to fathom the darkness and discover what lies behind her own fear. While she travels, she introduces us to another woman, Christiane Ritter, who spent a long winter in 1934 in the cabin of a hunter on Svalbard.

Sandberg writes about what happens to the body at night. She talks about sleep, stars, black holes, northern lights, but also about airspace laws and the global struggle to maintain a night sky. Could it be that the darkness that Sandberg was so scared of is in fact much more important than we might have thought?

Cover: Paperback / Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.6 x 1.7 cm / Pages: 178 / Language: Dutch / Original language: Norwegian / Publisher: Uitgeverij Oevers / Publication: 10/10/2019


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