The Antarctic has always represented a source of inspiration for authors of fiction and adventure novels.
One of the most memorable passages of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is the moment when his anti-hero, Captain Nemo, unfurls his vast black flag at the South Pole, claiming to be the first to have reached the beckoning goal.
But it would be flesh-and-blood characters who would write the real adventure stories of the Antarctic:
Shackleton’s heroic attempts to reach the pole in a series of expeditions, none of them successful
the tragic death of Robert Falcon Scott at the pole, following the bitter discovery that Amundsen had beaten him to it by a matter of days
finally, the efforts made by Vice Admiral Robert Byrd to establish a permanent U.S. presence in Antarctica – the research station known as “Little America”
But Antarctica always manages to escape the confines of textbooks and appears to be bent on haunting works of fiction.
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