Bulgaria-born, raised in Africa, educated in Germany, Ilija Trojanow lives now, after long sojourns in Arabia, Africa and India, in the Austrian capital of Vienna. His only home is the German language itself. The author and journalist never lingers long in any one place; like his role models Ryszard Kapuczinski and Egon Erwin Kisch, he prefers to be on the road. Trojanow's reports detail much more than the beauty of landscapes or the strangeness of foreign customs. He describes how people really live – in the constant turmoil of Africa, in India's mind-boggling mega-cities, in other Asian countries ravaged by natural and political disaster. But he also takes a hard look at Bulgaria, his native country, and his accounts of old power structures in new disguises read like modern European horror stories.
Curious, open-minded and self-critical – with Ilija Trojanow as a guide, one sees the world in a different light.