Pym was named
one of the best books of the year by the Washington
Post, Vanity Fair, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, Salon, National Post, and the A. V. Club.
Recently canned professor of American literature Chris
Jaynes has just made a startling discovery: the manuscript of a crude slave
narrative that confirms the reality of Edgar Allan Poe’s strange and only
novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Determined
to seek out Tsalal, the remote island of pure and utter blackness that Poe
describes, Jaynes convenes an all-black crew of six to follow Pym’s trail to
the South Pole, armed with little but the firsthand account from which Poe
derived his seafaring tale, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack
Thus begins an epic journey by an unlikely band of adventurers under the
permafrost of Antarctica, beneath the surface of American history, and behind
one of literature’s great mysteries.
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