Where is a man's true home? In his birthplace or in the remotest corners of the world? Ludwig Harig's novel celebrates a friendship that survived all of life's twists and turns.
Lyon, 1947. Two friends, one German, one French, both born in 1927. They come from countries which for centuries have nurtured a deep enmity, and their youth has been marked by war. But now these young men have a common dream: to be free, to lead their own lives. Roland Cazet wants to travel, as far as possible, as far as the Kalahari desert. And he will do just that, roaming three continents like the poet Rimbaud. His German friend Ludwig Harig, however, will remain a constant factor in his unsettled life. Harig has made the contrary decision: he returns to his home town, to the small world that will become the setting for a series of famous novels.
Ludwig Harig's book is both fiction and reality, personal and world history. It tells of the failure of the dreams of freedom cherished by an entire war and post-war generation.