Lukas Maisel, born in 1987 in Zurich, trained as a printer. At some point he realized he would rather write than print books and went to Biel to study at the literary institute. For his first novel, The Book of Fantastical Islands, he received a grant from the Canton of Aargau in 2017 and the sponsorship award from the Canton of Solothurn in 2019. Lukas Maisel lives in Olten.
THE BOOK OF FANTASTICAL ISLANDS
Almost every Asian culture has a name for this particular creature – Yeren in China, Chemo in Tibet or Orang Pendek on Sumatra. For centuries it has had a place in myths and imaginations. Only the scientific world is not interested in the missing link between man and beast. A Swiss cryptozoologist is determined to change this.
He sets off on an expedition to central Papua New Guinea. By his side is a man from the ethnic group of the Bugis; at the helm of the boat is someone who calls himself Jonah. And then there is Blum, in his mid-twenties, faint-hearted, but with a pronounced awareness of proper etiquette. Together they set off on a journey into well-measured uncertainty. With a self-welded cage on the bow…