Release: 19.10.2021

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  • His travel reportages were rated as upcoming classics of travel literature - even before Bruce Chatwin's books. Rights for Büscher's works were sold to 11 countries.
  • English sample translation available.
  • “No one in Germany has written such prose for years.” (Werner Herzog on Spring in Jerusalem)
  • “The way in which Büscher brings his stories to the surface is gripping and exemplifies his narrative power.”- NZZ

  • “Büscher’s works are milestones of the genre ‘narrative non-fiction’.” - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


In the middle of the woods, in the middle of Germany: Wolfgang Büscher‘s fascinating journey into its very core.

Night after night, a boy stands at the window of his parents’ house and watches the sun as it disappears from view behind the rolling hills in the west. He roams through the woods with his friends, building wooden shacks which the foresters destroy. It’s the early sixties. Decades later, Wolfgang Büscher makes his childhood dream come true. He moves to the woods and experiences spring, summer and autumn there. An aristocratic family on the border of Hessen and Westphalia where Büscher grew up allows him to stay in a hunting lodge in the middle of the woods, in the middle of Germany. 

This is where he puts up his camp bed. He has no electricity or running water. He prepares himself for quiet times alone, chopping wood and making fires, the odd hunting expedition, hiking, a marksmen’s festival, extreme loneliness and a nighttime blackness never seen in the city. The year takes an unexpectedly dramatic turn as storms, heat and plagues of beetles kill half of the woods. And something else happens which turns everything on its head: Büscher’s mother dies that summer, meaning the house he grew up in is left empty, but full of memories. This is a homecoming more existential than he could have imagined.

A book far removed from the deafening din of today‘s world. An exploration of a nation, floods of memories and a “sentimental education” all rolled into one - literary, perceptive and overwhelming.


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  • Publisher: Rowohlt Taschenbuch
  • Release: 19.10.2021
  • 208 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-499-00274-8
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Frank Zauritz

Wolfgang Büscher

Wolfgang Büscher was born in 1951 near Kassel and writes for Die Welt. As Deutschlandfunk said “He has brought a new splendour to travel writing.” Büscher has published several books, among them Berlin-Moscow (2003) Germany, A Journey (2005), Hartland (2011) and Spring in Jerusalem (2014). He has won multiple awards for his work, amongst others the Kurt Tucholsky prize, the Johann Gottfried Seume prize for literature and the Ludwig Börne prize.