Thomas Reinertsen Berg

Theatre of the World
The maps that made history

What is a map? How have people seen the world up through history? What do maps say about us?
Theatre of the world. The history of maps is a unique book with the full and incredible history of maps. Thomas Reinertsen Berg takes us all the way from the mysterious symbols of the Stone Age to Google Earth in a fascinating tale on science and the view of the world, about art and technology, about power and ambitions, about practical needs and distant dreams of the unknown.
Along the way, we encounter visionary geographers and heroic explorers along with the unknown heroes of the history of maps. A fantastic visual material allows us to immerse ourselves in the history of maps with our own eyes.

I will not be the least surprised if the book wins Brageprisen for Nonfiction. It will be rightly deserved, because the book is thorough, original, well written and simply beautiful.

Erika Flatland, Aftenposten

The detailed book is a pleasure to read. It makes complicated things easy to understand.

...a tour de force with the history of the maps. He starts with the very first pictures of the world... and takes on the images of the world, systematically, well written, fun and educational. The book is exceptionally well illustrated... An exquisite and distinctive nonfiction book.

From the jury's statement, Brageprisen 2017

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Thomas Reinertsen Berg (born 1971) is a journalist and writer. He has written for several Norwegian papers such as Morgenbladet, Klassekampen and Dagsavisen, where he has worked especially with cultural and scientific subjects.

For many years he has been a little above average interested in maps, before he one day decided to write the book about the history of maps he wanted to read himself.

Rights sold to

UK - Hodder & Stoughton
US - Little, Brown
Netherland - Athenaeum
Norway, Forlaget Press
Sweden - Lind & Co.
Germany, dtv
Poland, ZNAK
Italy, Vallardi
China, CITIC Press
Denmark, Lindhardt & Ringhof
Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Foreign rights

Northern Stories
Agent: Thomas Mala
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Brageprisen 2017 for best non-fiction book in Norway

Edited August 30, 2019 by Northern Stories