Rainer Merkel

Das Unglück der anderen

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ISBN: 978-3-596-18918-2


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ISBN 978-3-596-18918-2


Travels into crisis, or the ecstasy of helping

Rainer Merkel, who spent a year working in a psychiatric ward in Liberia for the aid organisation Cap Anamur, travels to three countries devastated by war. His reports question the attraction trauma and violence can have for people. Peace workers, trauma therapists and soldiers: they are all looking for a ‘limit experience’, which can never be intense enough. As an “Embedded Journalist” in the German camp in Afghanistan, Merkel is suddenly confronted by his own history, and his own trauma. It proves to him that the unhappiness of others is also our own grief.

About Rainer Merkel

Rainer Merkel was born in 1964 in Cologne. He studied psychology and art history and lives in Berlin. Between 2008 and 2009, he worked for Cap Anamur in Liberia’s only psychiatric hospital. His novels so far: Das Jahr der Wunder, for which he was awarded the Jürgen Ponto Prize, Das Gefühl am Morgen, Lichtjahre entfernt, which was on the shortlist of the German Book Prize, and the reports Das Unglück der anderen. Kosovo, Liberia, Afghanistan and Go Ebola Go. Eine Reise nach Liberia. Rainer Merkel was awarded the Erich Fried Prize in 2013.

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