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Lichens

Toward a Minimal Resistance

Zonca, Vincent / Coccia, Emanuele

Übersetzt von Gladding, Jody

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1. Auflage November 2022
250 Seiten, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-5095-5345-7
John Wiley & Sons

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Covering almost 8 percent of the earth's terrain, lichens are living beings which are familiar to everyone, known to no one. They are one of those organisms that seem to offer nothing to hold our gaze. But the more time we spend with lichens, the more they reveal their beauty, their mysteries and their strange power of attraction. Part-algae and part-fungus, lichens call into question our customary ways of classifying forms of life, and allow us to conceive of an ecology that is no longer based on distinctions between nature and culture, urban and rural, competition and cooperation.

The result of several years of investigation carried out on several different continents, this remarkable book offers an original, radical, and, like its subject matter, symbiotic reflection on this common but mostly invisible form of life, blending cultures and disciplines, drawing on biology, ecology, philosophy, literature, poetry, even graphic art. What if lichens were at the heart of some of the most pressing and topical questions of our day? Does the fact that they can live everywhere, even in very harsh environments, that they persist when almost all other traces of life have disappeared, mean that, despite their fragility, lichens are a force of resistance? After reading this book you will never see lichens, or the world, in the same way again.

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Covering almost 8 percent of the earth's terrain, lichens are living beings which are familiar to everyone, known to no one. They are one of those organisms that seem to offer nothing to hold our gaze. But the more time we spend with lichens, the more they reveal their beauty, their mysteries and their strange power of attraction. Part-algae and part-fungus, lichens call into question our customary ways of classifying forms of life, and allow us to conceive of an ecology that is no longer based on distinctions between nature and culture, urban and rural, competition and cooperation.

The result of several years of investigation carried out on several different continents, this remarkable book offers an original, radical, and, like its subject matter, symbiotic reflection on this common but mostly invisible form of life, blending cultures and disciplines, drawing on biology, ecology, philosophy, literature, poetry, even graphic art. What if lichens were at the heart of some of the most pressing and topical questions of our day? Does the fact that they can live everywhere, even in very harsh environments, that they persist when almost all other traces of life have disappeared, mean that, despite their fragility, lichens are a force of resistance? After reading this book you will never see lichens, or the world, in the same way again.

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Acknowledgements

Preface by Emmanuele Coccia

Part 1

First Contacts

Origins

Winters

Weeds

A Scientific Challenge: Remaining or Rising in the Ranks

Customs and Beliefs

Lichen Erotics

Part 2

To Describe, Name, Represent

A Challenge to Representation

Music = Mushroom

The Far East, Mosses, and Wabi-Sabi

Part 3

Ecopoetics: Life Force and Resistance

Ruderal

Rousseauist Walks

Sentinel Species

"Lichens of sunlight and mucus of azure"

"Sbarbarian" Glowworm

Ecological Forewarnings

Fragility, Resistance

Contemporary "Poethics"

"Insurrection of the Humble"

Microhabitats

Part 4

Toward a Symbiotic Way of Thought

The Politics of Lichen: at the Origins of Symbiosis

Chimeras, Vampires, and Other Common Monsters

A "Third Place"

Cohabitation

Envoi: Sporules

Notes
Index of Names
Index of Lichens
"Vincent Zonca has compiled a veritable pot-pourri of sympoietic intimacies. These crinkled expressions of desire and despair creep, slowly and unobtrusively, across every page, even as they breathe the air. Never has a work of literature more closely resembled its subject matter, inspiring wonder in equal measure. Welcome to the world of lichens!"
Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
Vincent Zonca is a researcher and writer who is currently living in Canada.