Goodbye to Hermione

On life, dying and death – and what a hamster has to do with it all

Original Title: Abschied von Hermine

original edition

Paperback, with flaps, 288 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in., 52 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-442-31581-9
€ 16.00 [D] | € 16.50 [A] | CHF 22.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: March 29, 2021
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Rights sold to: Korea (Geuldam)

Jasmin  Schreiber - Goodbye to Hermione


What is life, and why is death inevitable?

Everyone has to die. You, me, the animals in the wood, that plant on the office windowsill: sooner or later, it'll take all of us. When death enters our lives, it conjures up emotions such as anger and helplessness, we are in pain, feel unfairly treated and are in shock – and it just hurts so much.

In this book, we'll take the edge off this big and serious subject, and find out what life is and why death exists (and has to exist) at all. We observe the small-scale dying that happens in our bodies every day, and then look outwards: we meet an immortal jellyfish deep underwater, and collect pine cones from ancient mountain trees. What does growing old actually mean? What really happens when we die? With the example of the author's late hamster Hermione, we also learn what happens when a body decomposes. And why this process brings with it opportunities, too – for others. We also investigate the emotional world of death: do animals grieve? How do trees react when one of them is felled? And what does any of it have to do with us?

Precise, entertaining, and told with charming ease, Jasmin Schreiber's book is dedicated to all things death, from the tiniest cell to the big, existential 'Why? '

"Affectionately written, making a difficult subject easier to bear."

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