Tuesday, June 18, 2013

His Books and Equipment

Here is a list of books and equipment that Tesson took with him to Baikal:

Hell Quay, Ingrid Astier
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence
The Sickness unto Death, Kierkegaard
Tales of a Lost Kingdom: A Journey into Northwest Pakistan,
Erik L’Homme
Un théâtre qui marche [An Itinerant Theatre], Philippe
Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family’s Fifty-year Struggle for
Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness,
Vasily Peskov
Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness,
Pete Fromm
Men Possessed by God: The Story of the Desert Monks of
Ancient Christendom, Jacques Lacarrière
Friday, or, The Other Island, Michel Tournier
Un taxi mauve, Michel Déon
Philosophy in the Boudoir, Sade
Gilles, Drieu La Rochelle
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Un an de cabane [A Year in a Cabin in the Yukon], Olaf
Nuptials [second collection of essays], Camus
The Fall, Camus
An Island to Oneself, Tom Neale
The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Rousseau
The Story of My Life, Casanova
The Song of the World, Giono
Fouquet, Paul Morand
Carnets [Notebooks], Montherlant
Journal Vol. 1, 1965–1970, Jünger
The Rebel’s Treatise, or, Back to the Forest, Jünger
The Gordian Knot, Jünger
Approaches, Drugs, and Intoxication, Jünger
African Games, Jünger
The Flowers of Evil, Baudelaire
The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain
The Poet, Michael Connelly
Blood on the Moon, James Ellroy
Eve, James Hadley Chase
The Stoics, Pléiade edition
Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett
On the Nature of Things, Lucretius
The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History,
Mircea Eliade
The World as Will and Representation, Schopenhauer
Typhoon, Conrad
Odes, Victor Segalen
Life of Rancé, Chateaubriand
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
The Marienbad Elegy, Goethe
The Complete Novels, Hemingway
Ecce Homo, Nietzsche
Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzsche
Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer,
The Stars, the Snow, the Fire: Twenty-five Years In the Alaska
Wilderness, John Haines
The Men of the Last Frontier, Grey Owl
Traité de la cabane solitaire [Treatise on Solitary Cabins],
Antoine Marcel
At the Heart of the World, Blaise Cendrars
Leaves of Grass, Whitman
A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
The Abyss, or, Zeno of Bruges, Marguerite Yourcenar
The Thousand and One Nights
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare
Twelfth Night, or, What You Will, Shakespeare
Arthurian Romances, Chrétien de Troyes
American Black Box, Maurice G. Dantec
American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
Walden, Thoreau
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Yukio Mishima
Promise at Dawn, Romain Gary
Out of Africa, Karen Blixen
The Adventurers, José Giovanni

His Equipment:

This is what he took...

requisite supplies for six months
in the boreal forest
Axe and cleaver
Burlap bag
Dip net
Ice skates
Kayak and paddle
Fishing poles, line, weights
Fly-fishing flies and spoons
Kitchen utensils
Ice drill
Dagger and Swiss knife
Kerosene lamp
GPS, compass, map
Solar panels, cables and rechargeable batteries
Matches and lighters
Mountain backpacks
Duffel bags
Felt carpet
Sleeping bags
Mountaineering equipment
Mosquito net face mask
Felt boots
Ice axe
Pharmaceuticals (10 boxes of acetaminophen for
vodka hangovers)
Hammer, nails, screws, file
French flag for Bastille Day
Hand-launched anti-bear flares
Flare gun
Rain cape
Outdoor grill
Folding saw
Ground cloth
-40º F sleeping bag
Royal Canadian Mounted Police jacket
Plastic luge
Boots with gaiters
Liquor glasses and vodka
90% alcohol to make up for any shortage of the above
Personal library
Cigars, cigarillos, incense paper and a Tupperware
container ‘humidor’
Icons (Saint Seraphim of Sarov, Saint Nicholas, the
imperial family of the last Romanovs, Tsar Nicholas
II, black Virgin)
Wooden trunks
Electronic appliances
Pens and notebooks
Provisions (six-month supply of pasta, rice, Tabasco,
hardtack, canned fruit, red and black pepper, salt,
coffee, honey and tea)



Blogger changeinthewind said...

Solar panel(s)? I would not have considered this.

He knows expedition means to take all necessities with him.

Read an article recently about Mt. Everest and mountaineering. One can get a massage at base camp now. A chef resident. All useful in reducing the stress of passing so many corpses encountered along the climbing route. Or the irritation of having to wait for two hours in an exposed and perilous location for the human traffic to clear a "choke" point high on the mountain, after paying up to $100,000 to do so.


Such a moment is referred to as a crux, as in critical to do it, if the aim is higher on the mountain.

A stay by Lake Baikal? Ahh. Sounds good to me. ;)

5:57 pm, June 18, 2013  
Anonymous Al said...

How about the Book of Ecclessiastes ONLY during solitude? Under a sound medical advise, one gets a sense of what all the books in the world are all about :-).

12:19 am, June 19, 2013  
Blogger changeinthewind said...

How about the complete Calvin and Hobbs?

3:03 pm, June 19, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My head feels too full even just reading the lists.

10:41 pm, June 19, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie,
I found this review of Sylvain Tesson's book about his his time at Lake Baikal,it is interesting.
William Leith of The Spectator dubs Sylvain Tesson “a modern-day Whitman with the soul of a speculator.” Leith acknowledges the potential in Consolations of the Forest for pretentiousness and self indulgence, nas well as tedium. He observes of Tessain, “He goes for a long walk, in the ice and snow. He’s always going for long walks in the ice and snow.” However, Leith is won over by the book’s elemental meditations, reflecting that Tesson in the wilderness, wrestling with survival as well as with identity, gets down to something important. “What are you, anyway, when you become a hermit? In one way, you’re disengaging from life. But in another, you’re pressing your face deeper into the stuff of life — you become feral, brutal, direct.”

1:03 am, June 21, 2013  

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