Starting in 2013 with a new unabridged edition of Nerval’s Journey to the Orient, Antipodes has been republishing forgotten classics of literature. Previously available only as expensive and hard-to-find rare editions, these titles have been revived in new, attractively designed and typeset paperback volumes, some having been out of print for nearly a century.
Salut au monde!Walt Whitman
The word antipodes comes from the Greek (anti- “opposite”, pod “feet”) meaning “with feet opposite (ours)”, referring to people who live on the opposite side of the world.
The term was adopted into Latin and changed its sense from the original “under the feet, opposite side” to “those with the feet opposite”, i.e. a bahuvrihi referring to hypothetical people living on the opposite side of the Earth. Medieval illustrations imagine them in some way “inverted”, with their feet growing out of their heads, pointing upward.
The geographical sense of the word—an imaginary point on the opposite side of the globe—is evocative of a spirit of wanderlust and exoticism, which lies at the origins of Antipodes Press and recurs in works we publish. Likewise, the figurative sense, meaning directly opposite, speaks to an appreciation of writers who went against the grain, of unsung eccentrics, outlaws, bohemians, and other misfits.