A Descent into the Maelström

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

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It is inspired by the Maelström phenomenon, a whirlpool off the coast of Norway, formed by the conjunction of the strong currents that cross the Moskenstraumen and the great amplitude of the tides.

The story itself is a story within a story, told from the top of an abyss. The narrator tells that one day he went to sea with two of his brothers, when a terrible hurricane broke out, trapping the ship in its vortex. The two brothers died, while the narrator fell into the center of the whirlpool and was amazed at what he saw.

He threw himself into the water, holding on to a barrel. After a vague time, he was hoisted overboard on a boat of his acquaintances who did not recognize him.


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