Ranging from the depths of the ocean to the most arid corners of the earth, Caspar Henderson captures the beauty and bizarreness of the many living forms we thought we knew and some we could never have contemplated, and invites us to better imagine the world around us. An extraordinary, vivid combination of natural history, spiritual primer and philosophical meditation, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is a mind-expanding, wonder-inducing read.
Most real creatures that we think we know embody wonders we have hardly dreamed of. And there are other beings, equally real, which for most of human experience have been beyond imagining. As Zhuangzi wrote some 2,300 years ago, “all the creatures in this world have dimensions that cannot be calculated.”
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings by Caspar Henderson is published by Granta in the UK and by Chicago University Press in the US. In 2013 it was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton prize for science books, a Society of Biology award, and the British Book Design Awards. The French edition is published by Les Belles Lettres and a German one by Matthes & Seitz. Editions in Chinese (Rye-Field Publishing Company in Taiwan, Chongqing University Press in the PRC), Estonian (AS Äripäev), Japanese (X-Knowledge Co), Korean (EunHaeng NaMu Publishing Co), Norwegian (Forlaget Press) and Russian (Alpina Publisher) are in preparation.