Ulla Lachauer was born in 1951 in Ahlen and works as a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. In 1996 she published the bestseller Paradise Street. Her other works include The Bridge of Tilsit, East-Prussian Lives and Rita’s People: A German-Russian Family Saga.
OF BEES AND HUMANS: A EUROPEAN JOURNEY
Bees have a special place not only in our culture but also in our global ecosystem. Researchers liken the condition of the bee population to a seismograph for the state of the natural world. Recent and alarming data have provoked intense discussion about bee populations, both in the science community and across popular media.
The ancient art of beekeeping has also seen a growth in popularity. But what stories do the people who dedicate their lives to caring for these fascinating and useful creatures have to tell? What role do bees play in their biographies? How do apiarists grapple with the challenges of globalization and with growing interest in bees among the general population, or confront threats to their insect populations, such as the dreaded Varroa mite? What is the effect of politics and war on the bees’ microcosm? And what special perspectives do beekeepers have on the natural world and human society?
Ulla Lachauer’s book profiles fourteen beekeepers from across Europe, dotted around locations as diverse as the Baltic island of Gotland, northern Germany’s Lüneburger Heide, Stuttgart and the Black Forest, the French Pyrenees, the Austrian region of Kärnten, Ljubljana, the Jizera Mountains in Bohemia and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
A vibrant mixture of genres and subjects including travel writing, biology and human sociology, this absorbing and multi-faceted book is fueled by Ulla Lachauer’s curiosity into the natural world and her warm empathy for people from all walks of life.