New Publications

“The Bliss of Slowness” published by Gütersloher Verlagshaus

„Time is not passing faster than in earlier times, but we do walk by faster.“
George Orwell

On April 22, 2019, German publisher Gütersloher Verlagshaus is releasing a special book: “The Bliss of Slowness” (“Vom Glück der Langsamkeit”) by Quint Buchholz is not just a beautiful coffee-table book. It also communicates a quiet but urgent message that is worth hearing.

On 112 pages, texts by different world-class authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Mascha Kaléko or Friedrich Nietzsche enter into a dialogue with many new and some old pictures by “humanist surrealist” Quint Buchholz (Lena Naumann for mundus). Together they speak about the topic of time, time of a kind that has become rare, maybe even critically endangered: unstructured time, slow time, idle time, time of stillness.

The world, or thus it seems, is turning faster and faster – people keep ceaselessly rushing, accelerating, networking, reshaping, doing. That, in turn, seems to be doing them no good at all – no room remains to pause for a moment and quiet down. To simply be a human being, experiencing the bliss of gazing at the world in wonder.

In this book, Quint Buchholz is pleading for an attentive, yet relaxed approach to the resource of time. He creates islands for his readers, on which, as German poet Christian Morgenstern has aptly phrased it, we once again “feel the pulse of our own hearts. Quietness on the inside, quietness on the outside. Learning anew how to catch our breath, that’s what it is.”

“There is no speed in Quint Buchholz’s pictures. Here, the moment crystallizes in an unheard-of fairy tale, in a story that can be told forwards and backwards. Stasis, marvel, openings, warmth, surprise, the light wings of the imagination, the natural appearance of the incredible – the sea, the sky, the clouds, quietness, beauty, the flower on the windowsill …”

From the prologue by Elke Heidenreich

“A poetical plea in texts and images for times lost in dreams, for unscheduled, unmanaged time, for moments of leisure and quietude.”

Udo Watter for Süddeutsche Zeitung (May 3, 2019)

Quint Buchholz
Vom Glück der Langsamkeit
Hardcover 112 pages
€ 20,00 (D)

“Soumchi” now available as a soft cover

The first German edition of Amos Oz’s “Soumchi” (“Sumchi: Eine wahre Geschichte über Liebe und Abenteuer“) was published in 1993. Now, twenty-five years later, the publisher dtv is presenting a new soft cover edition of the novel revolving around the boy Soumchi, who is fighting for his beloved Esthi and dreaming of adventures in far-off African Ubangi-Shari.

A wise, wistful yet tongue-in-cheek narrative about a childhood in Jerusalem, about winning and losing and about the things that really matter in life, featuring “atmospheric drawings by Quint Buchholz” (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 2018).


Amos Oz
„Sumchi: Eine wahre Geschichte über Liebe und Abenteuer“
translated by Mirjam Pressler, illustrated by Quint Buchholz
Soft cover edition 96 pages
€ 8,95 (D)
ISBN 978-3-423-62666-8


Award for “BookPictureBook”

Every year, the Spanish Department of Education, Culture and Sports selects the winners of the “Premios a los libros mejor editados”, the Awards for the Best-Edited books of the year. “BookPictureBook”, a collection of stories written by famous authors about pictures by Quint Buchholz, is one of three winners in the category “Popular Books” this year.

“BookPictureBook” had been published as a new edition in Spanish in 2016.





“Sonne, Mond und Abendstern” published by Hanser

On July 24, “Sonne, Mond und Abendstern” (“Sun, Moon and Evening Star”), a new collection of lullabies by Dorothée Kreusch-Jacob and Quint Buchholz, was published by Hanser. On 224 pages, the composer and music pedagogue Dorothée Kreusch-Jacob has compiled a wide variety of songs, poems and stories that complement bedtime rituals and help create a space for calmness, tranquility, and a feeling of security.

They are complemented by over 70 evening and night pictures by Quint Buchholz, which were created over the course of 34 years. However, Quint Buchholz has also painted a large number of new pictures for this book.

Beginning July 27, a complementary CD, which features a selection of 24 lullabies, will also be available through Argon. The songs were arranged and recorded by the Kreusch family and accompanied musically by Giora Feidmann and Klaus Doldinger (among others). The booklet contains a variety of night pictures by Quint Buchholz.

More information about the book is available on the website of the Hanser Publishing House. Additionally, you can give the CD a quick listen on Argon’s official website, or leaf through the book on Youtube.

Also, there is a set of informative films about the book and its makers that can be watched on a new documentary about Quint Buchholz and his pictures, an interview with Dorothée Kreusch-Jacob about the music that was selected for “Sonne, Mond und Abendstern”, as well as a talk with both Quint Buchholz and Dorothée Kreusch-Jacob about the idea behind the book.





Slava Polunin’s “Alchemy of Snowness” published in English

In May 2017 “The Alchemy of Snowness”, the story of the world-famous clown, artist, and “Master of Absurd Poetry” (DIE ZEIT, 2007) Slava Polunin, is published in English by Australian publisher Wilkinson. Written in enchantingly poetic prose, the book traces the artistic journey of the founder of the legendary Licedei (Thespians) theater and creator of “Slava’s Snowshow”, which has been travelling around the world since 1993. Slava has received numerous international awards for his work, including the Lawrence Olivier Award and the Triumph Award.

The text, a must-read for anyone intrigued by the creative process and for those longing for a little magic in their lives, features 27 pictures by Quint Buchholz. The intimate coalescence of the text and its illustrations mirror the author’s and illustrator’s connectedness and mutual appreciation. They have known each other personally for many years, and many of their shared interests come together in this very special book: their sense of slowness, their love for snow, and especially their attentive eye for the absurdities and ambiguities of life.

The book will premier in London on May 23, 2017. More information is available on the website of Waterstones, which will be hosting a book reading with Slava on that day.

“I am a storyteller, and you don’t have to believe anything I say. You can question any event I’ve described here. But believe one thing:
Otherwise, what’s the use in dreaming?”





New edition of “Gregor or Where Dreams Can Carry You” published

In February of 2017 a new edition of this amusing little tale, written by Friedrich Ani and illustrated by Quint Buchholz, was published by Sanssouci. The dreamy-eyed, peripatetic penguin Gregor now experiences his adventures at the South Pole and in Upper Bavaria in a more slender pocket format.

“An enchantingly ironic story about a low-brow and yea-sayer culture, but also about the courage of being different” (Austrian Library Association, 2006)

“a stylistic and poignant bravura piece” (Buchkultur, 2006)

“With Ani and Buchholz, two people have found each other who fit together splendidly, on the humoristic level (charmingly eccentric) and the imaginative (surpassing place and time). … A wonderfully whimsical story.” (Südwestpresse, 2007)

“an encouragement for dreaming, very imaginative and full of subtle wit. And Buchholz’s wonderful pictures, into which one immerses oneself immediately and without any further encouragement.” (Weilheimer Tagblatt, 2006)


Friedrich Ani and Quint Buchholz
„Gregor oder Wohin die Träume tragen“
Hardcover, 40 pages
€ 12,00 (D)
ISBN 978-3-99056-028-0

“Magic Words” published by Sanssouci

“Earth’es tunes will start resounding if you find the magic word,” wrote the German late romantic Joseph von Eichendorff in his poem “Magic Wand” (1835). Eichendorff is speaking of the power that words have of continuously telling us something new about us and our world. Like Eichendorff, Quint Buchholz feels that some words of the German language hold a special magic and unique energy. The “painter of quiet dreams” (Elke Heidenreich) tries to bring this magic to life in his new book “Magic Words”, which will be published by Sanssouci in September 2016.

In this book, the award-winning author and illustrator brings together some of his favorite words and a selection of his paintings. On 43 double pages, one word and one picture engage in a dialogue, give each other meaning, tell entirely new and magical stories. By means of the pictures, the words start vibrating, singing, coming to life.

A book full of quiet poetry and beginnings of stories that beg to be told – now available for pre-order at many retailers.

“I want to tell stories through pictures – of encouragement and consolation, of the gift of time, of immersion and quietude and concentration. Of living and reading at one’s own speed.” – Quint Buchholz

“His breezy, pointillist illustrations are masterpieces of the atmospheric, they are pictures that retain their mystique and do not give anything away in advance.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung


Quint Buchholz
Hardcover 96 pages
€ 16,00 (D)
ISBN 978-3-99056-001-3

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Sleep Well, Little Bear in the ZEIT Special Edition

A new edition of the popular children’s classic Sleep Well, Little Bear by Quint Buchholz (recipient i.a. of the New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year Award) has appeared as part of the ZEIT Picture Book Edition “My Year in Picture Books” on March 10, 2016.

This lovingly crafted, colorful book collection for children, featuring 12 award-winning well-known and new picture books, will help to guide little readers through the year. From the different seasons to special holidays like Easter and Christmas, from birthdays to more serious events like death – the ZEIT editorial staff have picked one of the most beautiful picture books to go with each important topic that gives children a sense of time.

In this collection, the magical bedtime story Sleep Well, Little Bear will appear alongside popular books such as e.g. the “Spring Wimmelbook” by Rotraut Susanne Berner or “Santa’s Littlest Helper” by Anu Stohner and Henrike Wilson.


“Buchholz’s luminous, delicate drawings perfectly convey the excitement left over from an ordinary day that would be too good to end, if it weren’t for the promise of tomorrow.” (Sandy MacDonald, Reviews)

“In both its language and its art, this nighttime dreamscape offers images sweet and soothing.” (Publishers Weekly)

“a wonderful book, with truly exceptional illustrations” (Amazon customer)

“This picture book is captivating from the opening lines, and the sumptuous artwork is full of new discoveries with each subsequent reading. The narrative has a gentle rhythm and phrasing that captures how a young soul sees the world. Few picture books deliver such a magical experience.” (Amazon customer)


Quint Buchholz
“Schlaf gut, kleiner Bär”
in the ZEIT picture book edition “My year in picture books”
12 picture books in a box
Hardcover 32 pages
€ 99,95 (D)


The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow

The Fischer publishing house has released Luis Sepúlveda’s wonderfully different animal story in German on September 24, 2015.

A young, inquisitive snail emerges from his metaphorical shell in Dandelion Land and embarks on a journey through the big world. He sets out to learn the reason why he is so slow, and to make himself a name – since all things have proper names except snails! His friendship with Memory the turtle soon teaches him the value of friendship, diversity and solidarity, and finally rewards him for his courage and perseverance.

A tribute to thoughtfulness, to children’s curiosity and the surprising perspectives in life that will be an inspiration to both growing and grown-up readers – illustrated by Quint Buchholz.

“This is what special books look like… unique works of art in the children’s book sector.”
Manuela Haselberger, in
Eselsohr, December 4, 2015

For more information about the book and a look at a longer excerpt, visit Fischer’s website.

Luis Sepúlveda
“Der langsame Weg zum Glück – Ein Schneckenabenteuer”(Original title: Historia de un caracol que descubrió la importancia de la lentitud)
Hardcover 80 pages
€ 14,99 (D)
ISBN 978-3-7373-5161-4

Also published as an audio book by Argon Hörbuchverlag.
€ 14,95 (D)
ISBN 978-3-8398-4708-4


Draughtsmen in Defence of Freedom of Expression

Twenty-nine draughtsmen and women collaborating on a book project initiated and edited by Klaus Humann. With a preface by Andreas Platthaus (FAZ). The pictures in it were done within a few days of each other in January 2015, just a short time after the Paris attack.

Aladin Verlag is publishing the book on 12th February 2015, all profits to go to the PEN “Writers in Prison” campaign.

The contributors are: ATAK, Jutta Bauer, Larissa Bertonasco, Quint Buchholz, Flix, Bob Graham, Nikolaus Heidelbach, David Hughes, Janosch, Joelle Jolivet, Ulf K., Regina Kehn, Reinhard Kleist, Ole Könnecke, Isabel Kreitz, Marine Ludin, Ulli Lust, Hildegard Müller, Thomas M. Müller, Christoph Niemann, Moni Port, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler, Peter Sís, Ralph Steadman, Philip Wächter, David Wiesner, Sabine Wilharm and Barbara Yelin.

You can click to see Quint Bucholz’s picture below, another picture on the theme, but not in the book, is here.

There is more about the book on the Aladin Verlag website.

“Zeichner verteidigen die Meinungsfreiheit”
(Draughsmen in Defence of Freedom of Expression)
Klaus Humann (Editor)
Hardcover 48 pages
€ 12,90 (Germany)
ISBN: 978-3-8489-2070-9