• Dan Yack

Dan Yack is an eccentric English millionaire shipowner, a notorious hell-raiser, and the envy of all St Petersburg. He is also the alter ego of his creator, Blaise Cendrars.

With a motley crew, Dan Yack sets out on a world voyage via the Antarctic on a schooner called The Green Star. Unfortunately, as the voyage progresses, the weather gets worse and the ship enters pack-ice. Impatient, Dan Yack orders the crew to land him and his companions while they wait for a clear passage. They have have enough provisions for a long dark polar winter. But things do not run smoothly. A musician destroys their watches. A poet drifts off into serious daydreams. A sculptor starts making statues of Dan Yack in ice. And Dan Yack himself is worried: about time, about breaking his monocle and about having no-one to love.

But when the sun finally returns after the polar winter, no-one could predict the surreal disaster that is about to unfold; a scenario involving a plum pudding, whales, women and World War One.

Translated from the French by Nina Rootes
‘A kind of jazz-age super-cocktail, a swirling cauldron of the outrageous, the orgiastic and the surreal.’ – Guardian
‘Mad, vicious, amusing and beautiful.’ – Time Out
‘A virtuoso performance.’ – Observer
‘Tintin for grown-ups.’ – Irish Times


BLAISE CENDRARS (1887–1961) was born Frédéric Louis Sauser in Switzerland. He became a naturalised French citizen in 1916, after fighting with the Foreign Legion during World War One. His varied and well-travelled life is chronicled in his three semi-autobiographical novels, The Astonished Man, Lice and Sky. His novels and poetry were of considerable influence in the European modernist movement and greatly influenced writers further afield such as John Dos Passos. He died in Paris in 1961.
Bibliographic Data
Date Published 5th January 2002
ISBN Number 9780720611571
Pages 144

Dan Yack

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