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In the 16th century, Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha caught sight of a group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean. As we all know, old-timey explorer types loved to christen their “discoveries” after themselves, and Mr. da Cunha was no exception. Though briefly known as the “Islands of Refreshment” during the 19th century, today this almost unimaginably remote location is officially called “Tristan daCunha.” Population? Two hundred and sixty-five.
It’s fitting that we’ve named our bold venture after a tiny, faraway archipelago that appeals only to the most curious of people. Free of feeds, recommendations, and chatter, daCunha.global is an online experience that is yours alone. Your curiosity directs your travel through a growing circle of stories without taking heed of publishing dates (because there aren’t any!) or sponsored pieces (because there aren’t any!): it’s just you and the art.
We are unabashed fans of Internet reading, but sometimes—okay, many times—only a book will do. That’s why we’ve decided to make a habit of publishing the old-fashioned way, too. The book you now hold in your hands is our first go, and we’re glad you picked it up! It features 15 short stories that were published on daCunha.global during our first year and specially chosen by our editorial team for inclusion here. We hope you’ll dog-ear the pages, toss it in your bag to read on the train, scribble in the margins, accidentally drop it in the bathtub, pass it on to a friend, smile when you see it on your shelf, and do all of the other wonderful things that transform a book into well-loved object. Happy reading!
Managing Editor, daCunha Fiction
San Francisco, 2017
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