Around Us the Dead

My encounters with death

Original Title: Um uns die Toten

Hardcover with jacket, 224 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8275-0029-8
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: April 21, 2014
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Bartholomäus  Grill - Around Us the Dead


A very personal and emotional book about death

In his Around Us the Dead, Bartholomäus Grill has gone new ways. He takes readers on a journey stretching from his home in Bavaria, through Romania and on to Africa and Zürich and back again; and it is a journey that turns into an emotional memento mori. The world of his personal experience begins in the staunchly catholic region of Bavaria, where death seems to be ubiquitous and fascinating. As a foreign correspondent, he meets death as a mass murderer in the form of war and disease. In contrast, there is the death of loved ones: the sad death of a little sister who dies immediately after her birth; the lonely death of his father; the suicide of his brother and the merciless death of his mother.

This is a highly literary and powerfully eloquent book, a moving book, and it leaves a deep impression in our minds long after we have finished reading it. In the ascertainment of his own mortality, in the liberty, as Grill calls it, of "not having to think of death", Around Us the Dead is also a poignant and extraordinary book about life.


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