First day of sale: 13.01.2016
MEIN RUSSSISCHES ABENTEUER. Auf der Suche nach der wahren russischen Seele/
MY RUSSIAN ADVENTURE. In Pursuit of the True Russian Soul
Non-Fiction, Travel Literature, Ca. 350 pp.
Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2015
“To understand the ambiguities, contradictions, absurdities and complexities of the Russian soul, the advice was always to read Gogol. The advice now would be to read Jens Mühling. There is a shock of discovery and a shot of pleasure on every page“ The Times
“A brilliant description of a country’s emotional state.” Süddeutsche Zeitung
“First-rate cinema of the mind” Die Zeit
• The real Russia, beyond all clichés
• Stories of everyday life in an unknown country
Over ten years ago, the journalist Jens Mühling met the Russian television producer Kolja, an encounter that would change his life. Kolja sold fictional stories about Russia to German television stations; he said: “The true stories are more unbelievable that anything I could make up.” Jens Mühling has frequently travelled to Russia since then, driven by the idea of finding these true stories.
On his travels he met people whose lives appear hardly less extreme than the fate of a recluse who lived in the taiga since her birth and only found out as an adult there is also a world outside it. He met a mathematician who believed that 1000 years of Russian history have been made up. A converted oligarch who dreams of a world without money. A lawmaker who is said to have committed a bizarre murder. A dissident who fights for murky reasons against the Putin regime. A black African who wants to become mayor of a little Volga town. A traffic policeman who thinks he is the son of God.
“Mein russisches Abenteuer” is the story of a journey through present-day Russia. Seen from a very personal perspective, he portrays a society whose customs, contradictions, absurdities and charms are still hardly known abroad.
Rights sold to: English World (Haus Publishing)
Jens Mühling, born 1976 in Siegen. Study of comparative literature, first at the Free University Berlin and completed in 2000 at the University of East Anglia. After first experiences working as a journalist in Berlin, moves in 2003 to Russia and works for two years as an editor at the “Moscow German Newspaper” and later as a freelance writer for various German newspapers. Since early 2007 he works as an editor at the Tagesspiegel. He reported on the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the post-war situation in Chechnya, the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the restricted zone in Chernobyl, the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London and the Russian-Georgian war in South Ossetia. Numerous prizes for reporting and essays about Russia (Reportagepreis n-ost, Axel Springer Prize, Peter Boenisch Memorial Prize).