Without Child

Male, wants a child, sterile. What it means to be infertile

Original Title: Ohnekind

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 256 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-453-20723-3
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Heyne

Date of publication: August 24, 2020
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Benedikt  Schwan - Without Child


Benedikt Schwan breaks a taboo and explains how his unfulfilled wish for a child has affected his life

Increasingly more men are unable to conceive a child, but hardly anyone speaks about it. Journalist Benedikt Schwan is 41 when he discovers that he is infertile.

With unusual candour he describes what his unfulfilled desire to have a child means for him, his masculinity and his relationship. The process of coming to terms with the diagnosis takes Schwan to his emotional limits. But he realises one thing: he is not alone. The fact that more and more people would like to have children but can't is also a social problem.

Schwan sets off on a long and adventure-packed journey to find out whether he might, after all, be able to father a child. Among the people he meets are a scientist from Israel who is looking into the reasons for the infertility epidemic; the man with the most children in North America; and a young man in Japan who has completely given up his traditional male role. Schwan's report is moving and consoling – and at the same time it is a plea to at last do away with the taboos surrounding the topic of male infertility.

"'Without Child' is a biography, a self-help guide, and a gripping report all in one."



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