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Unlike political or cultural geographies, the sixtieth parallel is certain and resolute; it is impervious to the whims of history. Shetland belongs to the north, upon this line with no corners to which it may be consigned.
At sixty degrees, Shetland is as central as anywhere and everywhere else. But what of those other places on that list we recite to tourists? What do we share with them, beyond a latitude?
What exactly is this club to which we so enthusiastically belong? The line skirts the lower tip of Greenland, and of South-central Alaska. It slices the great expanse of Russia in half, and in Canada it does the same, marking the official boundary between the northern territories and southern provinces. All along the parallel are regions whose inhabitants are challenged, to some extent, by the places in which they live.
They are challenged by climate, by landscape, by remoteness.
And yet those inhabitants choose to remain. They make their peace with the islands and the mountains, the tundra and the taiga, the ice and the storms, and they stay. The relationships between people and place — the tension and the love, and the shapes that tension and that love can take — are the main focus of this book.
It was more than a decade after that day beside the window, when I dreamed my way around the world, that I finally set out to do it for real. I had spent half of those years away from Shetland. I had been to university, in Scotland and in Copenhagen, then lived and worked in Prague. I had found new directions and pursued them.
And then I had come back, through choice, finally, rather than necessity. During those intervening years I thought so often about the parallel, imagining and reimagining the line, that when eventually I decided to follow it, I hardly paused to ask myself why. Now, though, I think I know the reasons. It was curiosity, first of all. I wanted to explore the parallel, and to see those places to which my own place was tied.
I wanted to learn about where I was and what it meant to be there. I wanted to come back laden with that knowledge, and to write it down. Then there was restlessness — that fizzing pressure within that makes me long for what is elsewhere, for what is far away. It sends me out into the world, almost against my will.
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