Klaus Brinkbäumer

Der Traum vom Leben

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ISBN: 978-3-596-17086-9


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How desperate must people be to leave their homes, their families, their children? To set out on an odyssey with an uncertain outcome? And once they actually reach cold, inhospitable Europe, to have to hide as “illegal immigrants” or be exploited in forced prostitution?Klaus Brinkbäumer travelled through seven African states along the central refugee routes. He tells the story of his companion John Ampan from Ghana, who took five years to reach Europe because he was deported, abandoned in the desert and thrown into prison; he tells of Jane Aimufua from Benin City, who left behind her three children to earn their keep in Europe; and he tells of all the people he met on the way, on the trucks, in the Sahara and in the mountains, in the basements of Agadez, in the alleys of Tangiers.“The Dream of Life” is a major book about Africa, about people’s dreams, a book about Europe and the reality of our politics.

About Klaus Brinkbäumer

Klaus Brinkbäumer, born in 1967, is a journalist, TV presenter, and author. He studied at the University of California Santa Barbara and started his journalistic career at Munich’s Abendzeitung. For 25 years, he worked for Der Spiegel as a reporter, author of numerous cover stories, and its America correspondent (2007-2011). During this period, he was regularly interviewed in the US media. He became the magazine’s deputy editor-in-chief in 2011 and editor-in-chief in 2015. Brinkbäumer has been awarded numerous journalistic prizes, including the Egon Erwin Kirsch Prize, the Nannen Prize and the German Reporter Prize, and was named editor-in-chief of the year in 2016. Since April 2019, he has been writing for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit and working on documentary films.

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