Let's go to war

If there is war we go to the desert

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Henno Martin

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In September 1935, two young men, newly qualified doctors of geology, arrive on the coast of southwest Africa. They have left Nazi Germany, are starting geological research in the Naukluft Mountains and are exploring water resources for the farmers. The Second World War catches up with them, for fear of the impending internment as 'enemy foreigners', Henno Martin and Hermann Korn flee into the desert, where they fight for physical survival for more than two years. Hunger and thirst torment them, their changing accommodations, provisional, primitive, form the starting point for changing hunting luck in search of food and water. They live almost like people of prehistoric times, admiring the barren beauty of the desert, whose extreme tension between death and life leads them to new insights into the growth and decay of nature and humanity.

cover Paperback
Page number 400
Publication date 01.01.2002
language German
ISBN 978-3-935453-02-8
publishing company Two Books
Dimensions (L / W / H) 19 / 11.9 / 3.2 cm
Weight 332 g
Illustrations 20 black and white illustrations
Edition 5th edition
illustrator Henno Martin, Herrmann Korn
Sales rank 48422
Immediately available free shipping
Free shipping
cover Paperback
Page number 400
Publication date 01.01.2002
language German
ISBN 978-3-935453-02-8
publishing company Two Books
Dimensions (L / W / H) 19 / 11.9 / 3.2 cm
Weight 332 g
Illustrations 20 black and white illustrations
Edition 5th edition
illustrator Henno Martin, Herrmann Korn
Sales rank 48422

description

In September 1935, two young men, newly qualified doctors of geology, arrive on the coast of southwest Africa. They have left Nazi Germany, are starting geological research in the Naukluft Mountains and are exploring water resources for the farmers. The Second World War catches up with them, for fear of imminent internment as 'enemy foreigners', Henno Martin and Hermann Korn flee into the desert, where they fight for physical survival for more than two years. Hunger and thirst torment them, their changing accommodations, provisional, primitive, form the starting point for changing hunting luck in search of food and water. They live almost like people of prehistoric times, marveling at the barren beauty of the desert, the extreme tension of life and death which leads them to new insights into the growth and decay of nature and humanity.

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Kai Ortel, Thalia bookstore Berlin

The "Walden" for Africa lovers, a dropout novel from the Namibian desert, which is about bare survival and based on a true story. Touching!


by a customer from Euerbach on 08/21/2013

I wanted the book because I took part in an excursion to Namibia. The author wonderfully describes the barren landscape, everyday survival and the thoughts that the two withdrawn people had. The story cast a spell over me because the reader is so drawn into the world of thought ... I wanted the book because I took part in an excursion to Namibia. The author wonderfully describes the barren landscape, everyday survival and the thoughts that the two withdrawn people had. The story pulled me under its spell because the reader was so drawn into the world of thought. Soon I was on the lookout for the next prey, and soon I was annoyed when the two of them had come up with a new cultivation method but it didn't work - and I am somehow relieved that such a life can be hard, but that humans made it to adapt (at least temporarily). That is also the beauty of the fact that this is a true story. Cheerfully starting the adventure, it gradually becomes clear that being withdrawn cannot be a permanent state. That there are problems that you have to admit to yourself. That there doesn't have to be a happy ending (Herrmann falls ill and that's why they leave their cave accommodation). Philosophizing takes up a lot of space, but in some places this detail is annoying.

Survive in the desert
by a customer on 02/11/2011

Two geologists turn their backs on Germany during World War II. You want to escape the war. They'd rather fight their way through the desert. Hunger and thirst await both of them, and the difficulties of getting food and water are immense. Here we have a haunting, philosophical book about two ... Two geologists turn their backs on Germany during World War II. You want to escape the war. They'd rather fight their way through the desert. Hunger and thirst await both of them, and the difficulties of getting food and water are immense. Here we have a haunting, philosophical book about two men who love nature. You can feel that very clearly when you read their descriptions. The author, Henno Martin, is one of the two geologists.

impressive and thought-provoking
by a customer from M√ľnster on July 12, 2010

While on vacation in Namibia, we were made aware of the two men who survived in the Namib Desert for two years in the 1930s to avoid the war. The book is interesting for me because I saw the places and animals there myself. I have some doubts whether it is also interesting for "not" insiders. Especially ... During our vacation in Namibia we were made aware of the two men who survived in the Namib Desert for 2 years in the 1930s to escape the war. The book is interesting for me because I saw the places and animals there myself. I have some doubts whether it is also interesting for "not" insiders. The story becomes a bit lengthy, especially when the two men start to philosophize. The nature of the action is not particularly varied either, since everything in the desert revolves around the procurement of food and water. However, it is impressive and hard to imagine how the two fought their way through there.


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