The disturbing but brilliantly written story of twenty-two year-old Chris McCandless, who, in a quest for intense experience, rid himself of all his money and possessions, and walked into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness with only the minimum of equipment. His emaciated body was found in an abandoned bus four months later. Using the example of McCandless, Krakauer explores our obsession with the outer limits of the self, and the quest for enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature. By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature. 'an astonishingly gifted writer: his account of 'Alex Supertramp' is powerfully dramatic, eliciting sympathy for both the idealistic, anti-consumerist boy - and his parents' Guardian 'a compelling tale of tragic idealism' The Times
Jon Krakauer, geboren 1954, arbeitet als Wissenschaftsjournalist für amerikanische Zeitschriften. Für seine Reportagen wurde er mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet. Er lebt mit seiner Frau in Colorado.