The Mediterranean Journey

Original Title: Die Mittelmeerreise

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 640 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in., 2 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-630-87535-4
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: November 12, 2018
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Hanns-Josef  Ortheil - The Mediterranean Journey


The travel diary of the young author to Greece and Turkey in 1967

In the hot summer of the year 1967 Hanns-Josef Ortheil and his father set off on a long journey. It takes them on a heavily laden cargo ship from Antwerp through the Straits of Gibraltar and on to Greece and Istanbul. They make the most of the long days at sea for thorough preparations for what is awaiting them.

For the young Hanns-Josef Ortheil Greece is a big adventure that puts what he learned at grammar school to a tough test: a centuries-old humanistic fascination meets the reality of the vibrancy of life in modern Greece, and then there are all the rituals and signs of profound Orthodox devoutness that are new to the boy. Against this setting, the end of the journey develops an especially powerful magic charm – the discovery of Istanbul and the world of Islam.

"Hanns-Josef Ortheil is one of the most prolific and reflective authors of contemporary German literature."

Stuttgarter Zeitung


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