New Publications

Time for Reading

At this time of closed bookstores and cancelled readings the Munich-based bookshop Buchpalast is launching a special Easter offer for Quint Buchholz’s three newest publications.

Quint Buchholz has hand-signed and added a little drawing to ten copies of each book, „The Bliss of Slowness“ (2019), „To Everything There Is a Season“ (2020) and „The Ocean Book“ (2020). They will be shipped to customers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More detailed information on the books and the ordering process can be found on the website of the Buchpalast bookstore
https://buchpalastmuenchen.de/osterspecial-buchholz/

More information is also available here on

The Bliss of Slowness

To Everything There Is a Season

and The Ocean Book

“The Ocean Book”: An odyssey from Atlantis to Sardinia

A fascinating collection of texts about the many mysteries of the ocean, selected by Matthias Reiner and subtly illustrated by Quint Buchholz, will be released by the Insel publishing house on March 9, 2020.

On 119 classily designed pages, authors as diverse as Plato and Thomas Mann, Axel Hacke and Judith Schalansky marvel at the everlasting sway of the waves, at lost islands, mighty monsters, fateful adventures, bourgeois beach vacations, and much more.

A many-facetted anthology and a beautiful gift book, as well as perfectly light vacation reading: A pirate’s chest filled with pictorial and narrative ocean treasures that manage to spark both yearning and awe.

„The sea is a space of yearning that fuels the desire for new horizons, and Buchholz, one of the best-known illustrators of the country and virtuoso of the shades of blue, knows its moods and light ambiance only too well.”
(Udo Watter für die Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2020)

Matthias Reiner and Quint Buchholz
Das Meerbuch
Hardcover 119 pages
€ 14,00 (D)
978-3-458-19481-1

“To Everything There Is a Season”: Wise words on serenity

On March 9, 2020, Munich publisher Hanser is releasing a new book by Quint Buchholz. “To Everything There Is a Season” pairs the most beautiful and catchy passage from a piece of famous wisdom literature with pictures that reveal surprising connections, offer a new perspective on the long-known, the tried and tested.

„To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven…” It is not only a deep sentiment of serenity that resonates in these well-known verses penned by King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8). There is also the hope of finding comfort and assurance in them, even in the darkest of moments. Quint Buchholz’s condensed picture narratives add a contemporary interpretation of this theme. Once more they point to the richness of life and the magic of slowing down, of pausing for a moment, of listening to the quiet voices and moods.

Quint Buchholz
Alles hat seine Zeit
Hardcover 64 pages
€ 16,00 (D)
978-3-446-26559-2

“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)
978-3-579-01466-1

“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 Youtube.de: 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:
FANTASY IS ONLY A PREMONITION OF REALITY, AND DREAMS ARE MEANT TO COME TRUE.
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
“Zauberworte”
Hardcover 96 pages
€ 16,00 (D)
ISBN 978-3-99056-001-3

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