The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary by Caspar Henderson in the Dynasty Foundation Library
“Magnificent, bravura, beautiful and astoundingly interesting.”
Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary, translated from English by Anna Shuraeva, Science Editor Elena Naimark, Мoscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2015
Real animals can be more bizarre than the most incredible fantasies and can enchant us not less than illustrations in medieval bestiaries. This idea encouraged Caspar Henderson to write a book full of tenderness and concern for our planet.
The more we learn about nature, the more amazing things we discover.
The yeti crab, which lives in almost boiling water, was discovered only in 2005. The axolotl, capable of regenerating its limbs, gives hopes to transplantologists. The mysterious sponges can tell much about the origin of animals and man.
A whole chapter is dedicated to man—in fact, the whole book, because the author looks at animals through the prism of their likeness or unlikeness to humans, explicating how the evolution and diversity of forms help to interpret human nature.
Caspar Henderson is a British writer and journalist, writing for the Financial Times, Independent, New Scientist, Ecologist, Environmental Finance, and Green Futures.
Henderson's wide experience in travels and journalism motivated him to become an activist in the environmental movement. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary was awarded prestigious literary prizes and is successful worldwide.
About the book
- “The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is one that Pliny would have envied, Darwin applauded, and Borges relished. It celebrates the playful imagination of the universe, capable of dreaming up the zebrafish and the yeti crab; it also celebrates our delight in reading in claws and feathers lessons about our own miraculous self. In these days of doom and gloom, I can think of nothing more rejoicing than Caspar Henderson’s magical book.”
Alberto Manguel, author of The Library at Night
- “If you’re interested, as I am, in weird details about weird animals, this is the book for you. Caspar Henderson takes us on an eye-opening tour of real animals that no sane human could ever have invented.”
Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
- “A rich mixture of science, mythology, and literature, whose plethora of entertaining digressions left me impressed.”
Richard Fortey, author of Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution