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Imaginative and cerebral, this volume recounts the fantastic history of the antipodesnamely Australia and New Zealandfrom the Western perspective over the course of the past five millennia. Tracing the fiction underlying the fact in the tales of, among others, Marco Polo, John Mandeville, and Thomas More, this remarkable compilation explores the imagination of travelers, writers, map-makers, charlatans, and rogues who dreamed of other worlds. Delving into the Australian character and the New Zealand psyche, this account also conveys an insightful glimpse into Western history.

Published: Independent Publishers Group on Apr 1, 2010
ISBN: 9781775582472
List price: $23.99
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