Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco

Why is this book on here and why is it so awesome?

The story is set in the Early Modern Period. It’s about a guy who finds himself on a ship in the ocean, and everything seems very mysterious at first. Why is he on the ship? Why are there a bunch of clocks on the ship with him? Where is the crew? Are supernatural things happening?

Helge Schneider

Helge Schneider

Should you read these made-up travel stories as if they were Dada or just blabla?

It’s completely fictitious: the polar bear that took a dump in his backpack, the encounter with the busty Russian jet pilot, the hovercraft ride from Gran Canaria to Morocco – none of it ever..

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe

Is this just one of those literary classics or can it really be included in a collection of travel books?

This is not a travelogue, it’s a novel. Daniel Defoe is a British writer in the early 1700s who comes across a fragmentary account of a sailor who got left on an island in the Atlantic. Daniel Defoe, looking for inspiration, takes these..

Favell Lee Mortimer

Favell Lee Mortimer

How can an angry old lady who keeps making up stuff be so much fun?

Favell Lee Mortimer writes about different places all over the world. She introduces us to strange customs and weird people, and doesn’t seem very fond of most the things she finds. No wonder – she has never really left her home in good old..

Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith

Is 18th century England interesting enough to read this book in its entirety?

We’re in mid-18th century England, and Oliver Goldsmith is a writer/poet with many talents. This book is a collection of „letters“ he starts writing for a periodic publication around the year 1760. Why did I put..