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Madness and misery in Antarctica

Julian Sancton charts the extraordinary journey of 1897’s Belgian Antarctic Expedition, which descended into madness, misery, and the threat of murder

Published: July 17, 2021 at 12:41 pm
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In 1897 the Belgian Antarctic Expedition set sail in search of the south magnetic pole, but their journey was scuppered by a long, arduous winter trapped in the pack ice. Malnourishment, madness, and the threat of murder loomed. Julian Sancton, author of Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night, charts their extraordinary journey.

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Julian Sancton is the author of Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night (Ebury, 2021)

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