Since 2015, Luis Sepúlveda’s The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow — a world author’s love declaration for the inconspicuous and the slow — has been seducing readers big and small into deceleration and mindfulness. Recently, these classic topics have yet gained in importance.
On August 26, 2020, half a year after the Chilean author’s premature death, the Fischer/Sauerländer publishing house launched a new pocket edition of the story about a small, inquisitive snail on a big expedition that ponders why she is so slow.
A book for all dreamers and those searching for happiness. Together with its tender colorful illustrations by Quint Buchholz, it invites its readers to pause for a moment — and opens many unknown perspectives.
A fascinating collection of texts about the many mysteries of the ocean, selected by Matthias Reiner and subtly illustrated by Quint Buchholz, was 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 for Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2020)
“Clever and gorgeous” (Petra Herrmann for Kultura the Online Magazine, 2020)
Matthias Reiner and Quint Buchholz Das Meerbuch Hardcover 119 pages € 14,00 (D) 978-3-458-19481-1
On March 9, 2020, Munich publisher Hanser released 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.
“For every line there is a picture, sometimes real, sometimes surreal: […] A tension-filled, poetic and comforting dialogue.” (Niels Beintker for Culture Stage, Bavarian Broadcasting Service, 2020)
„Time is not passing faster than in earlier times, but we do walk by faster.“
On April 22, 2019, German publisher Gütersloher Verlagshaus released 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.”
“We do not just turn the page but contemplate the unusual, the more or less irritating, the always slightly fantastic, and feel the bliss of slowness. This is not a book for reading but a book for feeling.”
Sascha Pommrenke, Koreander Der Bücherblog (21. März 2020)
“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)
The first German edition of Amos Oz’s “Soumchi” (“Sumchi: Eine wahre Geschichte über Liebe und Abenteuer“) was published in 1993. About twenty-five years later, the publisher dtv has presented 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).
„Sumchi: Eine wahre Geschichte über Liebe und Abenteuer“
translated by Mirjam Pressler, illustrated by Quint Buchholz Soft cover edition 96 pages
€ 8,95 (D)
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. Over 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.
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?”