The Pencil and the Paper


Original Title: Der Stift und das Papier

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 384 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87478-4
€ 21.99 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: November 9, 2015
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Kundenrezensionen: 5 Sterne (5)


Rights sold to: Turkey (Koton)

Selected by New Books in German

Hanns-Josef  Ortheil - The Pencil and the Paper


A beautiful novel about the passion for writing

After the publication of The Berlin Trip, his second children's diary from when he was a child, Hanns-Josef Ortheil was often asked how he was able to write such an impressive book as a twelve-year-old. He has taken a closer look at this question in The Pencil and the Paper. Step by step he tells us how, with the help and instruction of his father and mother, he taught himself to write. He describes how he practiced and how these practice pieces gradually turned into small writing projects he thought up himself and worked hard at.

This book is the poignant story of a boy who did not talk for a long time and who had to search for his own path to speaking and writing. And in spite of all the adversities appearing on the wayside, it is the story of a child prodigy that from an early age possessed a feeling for writing and had a gift that outdazzled all others: the ability of observation and with unerring confidence putting what he had seen into the right words.

"This novel is indispensable for anyone interested in the art of writing."

Osnabrücker Zeitung


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