Every Man for Himself and God Against All
- date of publication: 22.08.2022
- 352 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-27399-3
- Deutschland: 28,00 €
- Österreich: 28,80 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-27561-4
- E-Book Deutschland: 20,99 €
His life has been uniquely eventful. And his memoirs are a literary sensation.
“As a child,” writes Werner Herzog, “I was convinced I wouldn’t make it to my 18th birthday.” Things have turned out differently. Werner Herzog’s long-awaited memoirs chronicle the story of his extraordinary life, which wouldn’t even fit into one of his remarkable films.
As a boy, he was always hungry and with his mother, he fled the bombing of Munich to a bitterly poor village in the Alps. As an adolescent, his adventurous spirit made him drop everything and hitchhike to the furthest reaches of Egypt where he nearly died in a feverish delirium. He is passionate, enthusiastic and driven. A man who, in the middle of the jungle, talked quietly to the raging Klaus Kinski and who sat crying at Bruce Chatwin’s deathbed. Werner Herzog’s memoirs will be published to mark his 80th birthday. And they are much more than a summary of his life. Unconventional and tender, with a lust for life and marvelling at the world around us, this book is a literary sensation.
“Every Man for Himself and God Against All is a literary event unto itself, and the fact that it mirrors Werner Herzog's life through his own eyes makes it all the more powerful. In particular the end of the book, which is a true a sensation...a must-read!” – Freunde der Künste
“His prose is infused with poetry and full of lyrical passages” – Deutsche Welle
“Every Man for Himself and God Against All is not a strict autobiography. Rather, these are memories in loose chronological succession, associatively bundled under various themes, often attached to film productions. Together, they reflect the uncompromising nature of his life, thoughtful and infused with philosophical and poetic notes. A book to marvel at – until the very last line.” – WDR
“An event” – Süddeutsche Zeitung
“Of greatest significance, however, are the memoirs that Werner Herzog has now published under the title of one of his films: Every Man for Himself and God Against All. Herzog is a magnificent, seductive narrator. He allows himself to be steered by his own associative thinking without a second of boredom.” – SWR
“Herzog's book depicts in cool, sparse, poetic language, the primitiveness and magic of the archaic rural conditions in which he spent his early childhood years” – Spiegel
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