Out of the typewriter

Hey guys, thanks for dropping by!

I have published three books so far:

“The Longest Way” (German) (also in Chinese/Russian) is a recount of my walk through China. This book tells the whole story of one year on foot from Beijing to Ürümqi in 2007/08. I tried to be honest about it. Because walking isn’t just about feeling awesome and “finding yourself” on the road. There are also self-doubts. There is moral decay and sadness. And then there is the beautiful absurdity of being alive.

 “China Zu Fuß” (German) is a National Geographic coffee table book about that same walk. This one tells the story in a different way, not with so many personal observations and gritty details, but with glossy photographs, short texts, maps and captions. I wanted to make a book that is not so much about the act of walking, but more about the visual aspect of the country I walked through: China, in a time of great change.

 “Chinese Characteristics” (Chinese) is a collection of articles I wrote for Chinese newspapers in 2013 and 2014. Obviously, they are all in Chinese. Don’t expect too much from me though! I am not bad at Chinese, but the way I express myself is still very simplistic. The editors as well as the readership seemed to like this though: here is a grown up from abroad who writes like a middle school student! The topics cover mostly China and Germany and my personal experiences in these two countries.

So far, none of these books are out in English – yet! : )

Here’s a short introduction to “The Longest Way” and “China Zu Fuß”:

And here is one about “Chinese Characteristics”:

If you want to get one of these books in English, there is actually one thing you can do:

Tell your local publisher about it! :)