Icebreaker was first published in black and white by Valgus Publishing in 1986. The first half of the book was made up of short stories and the other half took the reader on a voyage with personal correspondence.
The new Icebreaker is a supplemented and shortened version. Color photographs and a previously cut story about the migration of birds in the fall have been added. At the same time, we left out all the travel correspondence of the original, because the world seen through Soviet eyes doesn’t fit today with these timeless pictures of nature in our homeland.
The stories have not been changed. What has changed, however, is the significance and purpose of the book. The significance has become clearer and the purpose more difficult to fulfill, because the world is different now.
But when that bedbug had been sitting on the cover of the notebook for already an hour, it started to fascinate me. It really did seem like it was sitting. Its top half, if you could call a bug’s head and torso that, was raised up in a dignified manner and its bottom (I suppose a bug has to have one of those?) was almost touching the “ground.” The ends of its antennae vibrated a bit, but other than that, not a nerve moved in that bug’s face. I got the impression that this bedbug was either struck dumb or suffered from exhaustion. It’s really very humane to ask a guest who is staring at one spot and not moving: “Hey, what’s the matter with you?” This is where charity begins. I carefully nudged the bedbug with the end of my fountain pen (“Hey, what’s the matter with you?”). The bedbug took a few stiff steps and then froze in the old position again (“Damn it, can I get some peace for once, or not?”). I took a compass out of a drawer. It turned out that the bedbug was staring in a westerly direction.
- ISBN 978-9985-9848-1-9