The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
The Twilight World
Werner Herzog

The Twilight World

Details about the book
  • date of publication: 23.08.2021
  • 128 Pages
  • Hanser Verlag
  • hardcover
  • ISBN 978-3-446-27076-3
  • Deutschland: 19,00 €
  • Österreich: 19,60 €

  • ePUB-Format
  • E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-27155-5
  • E-Book Deutschland: 14,99 €

A man lost in the jungle of time—an adventure

Hiroo Onoda is a young man when Japan surrenders to the USA and the Second World War ends without him knowing. He is an old man when his personal war finally comes to an end. For decades, the soldier continued to defend an insignificant island in the Pacific long after 1945. Onoda existed in real life. In Werner Herzog’s first book in many years, the great filmmaker and writer pays tribute to the soldier’s senseless struggle.
Onoda hides in the jungle like a ghost. At first, he fights other soldiers and later faces the cruelty of nature and his own demons. By interpreting flashing satellites in the sky or fragments of speech from a looted radio, Onoda pieces together the 20th century through fragments. Werner Herzog went to meet Hiroo Ononda personally in Japan, a man with a highly unusual past. His account of Onoda is a blazing, moving whirl of images that reflects the sense and absurdity of life.


“Herzog tries to show something in his films and books that can be shown only this way and no other, and rarely has he summed up this project so well as in this book.”
- Nicolas Freund, SZ, 28./29.08.21

“Meanwhile, Herzog could receive no better recommendation than by Herzog himself: ‘Write, write, write’ (...) All his admirers would thank him for that.”
- Gregor Dotzauer, Tagesspiegel, 29.08.21

“Futility, if it is to mean anything, must surely be endured. Almost anyone can flee from the world, and self-imposed or prescribed isolation is not an achievement, a destiny, or salvation.”
-Dirk Peitz, ZEIT online, 29.08.21

“This book is like a distillation of his art.”
-Knut Cordsen, BR KulturBühne, 19.08.21

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