The Lost Island

Alone Among the Fruitful and Multiplying

Alfred van Cleef

Metropolitan Books

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A striking narrative of a man's inadvertent discovery of the life force that persists in the most secluded of places-and isolated of beings

After the death of his father, Alfred Van Cleef-the last of a family of Dutch Jews-learns that he is unable to have children. Seeking the remotest spot on the planet, far from the gleefully reproducing couples of Amsterdam, Van Cleef picks a forbidding island in the Indian Ocean, a bizarrely bureaucratic French weather station, two thousand miles from the nearest continent.
Finally entrenched on this lonely, wind-battered rock-following an eight-year odyssey to obtain a visiting permit and three weeks' rough passage-Van Cleef anticipates a total escape from the sexual frenzy of humanity: the island, ironically named Amsterdam, is inhabited solely by a group of thirty-six men. Yet this stark environment turns out to house a riotously mating society of albatrosses, sea elephants, fur seals-and especially bdelloid rotifers, an all-female species able to reproduce without males. It is in this unlikely setting that Van Cleef is forced to reckon with his most profound existential concerns.
With wry humor and probing insight, Van Cleef weaves geography, natural history, and biology into this original narrative of a lost island and a man, finally found.

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Alfred van Cleef

Alfred Van Cleef is a novelist, journalist, and producer of radio documentaries. For twenty years, he was a reporter for the leading Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. He lives in Amsterdam (Holland), where he is working on a novel.

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The Lost Island
Alone Among the Fruitful and Multiplying
Alfred van Cleef

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
June 2014
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ISBN: 9781466872998
ISBN10: 1466872993
256 pages, frontis; 2 maps
$7.99
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