It’s the World that’s out of Step, not Us!: Katharina von Arx was a sensation. A 25-year-old woman travelling around the world with no money – something that was unheard of in 1953. Dispatched to the South Seas on a journalism assignment, she encountered natives who had never set eyes on a white woman before – and met photographer Freddy Drilhon, her future husband. Award-winning Swiss author Wilfried Meichtry offers us a masterfully composed, gripping rendering of this exceptional couple’s passionate love and fantastic adventures.
When Katharina von Arx returned from her round-the-world trip, the international media made her a star. She wrote the best-seller Nehmt mich bitte mit and was sent to the other side of the world as a reporter for Sie und Er magazine. There she met photographer Freddy Drilhon – a rebel from a good family who had spent many years living with a tribe of former cannibals. The couple spent three years exploring terra incognita and selling the resulting stories worldwide. In 1958 they returned to Switzerland and bought a ruin in Romainmôtier — a ruin which, during the renovation work, turned out to be one of Europe’s last medieval retreats for wealthy pilgrims. Katharina devoted her life to caring for the old palace, but Freddy was unable to settle into a sedentary lifestyle and eventually decamped. The couple’s story is an amazing discovery — a breathtaking true story stranger than any fiction.
Eine Perle! Faszinierende Doppelbiographie von zwei Menschen, die es wagten, anders zu leben als es sich “geziemte”, Abenteurer, Entdecker, Reporter, (Lebens)Künstler. Und umso mehr wenn man Katharina von Arx persönlich getroffen hat.