A Portrait

148 pages

Hardcover with numerous illustrations

Genre: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Nature, Nature Writing, Essay

Stubborn, dumb, wayord and horny–the features that are attributed to donkeys are not quite flattering. Yet still, almost no animal plays such a prominent role in cultural history. Jutta Person tells the astonishing story of this fascinatign beast of burden and undertakes a characterology of donkeys. She meets donkey breeders and portraits domesticated and wild jackass types. Last but not least she shows us how smart these allegedly dumb animals with pretty eyes are–and how much we can learn from them.

German title: Esel - Ein Portrait
ISBN: 978-3-88221-078-1
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
Publication date: 2013
Print run: 6
Series: Naturkunden Vol. 005
Illustration: Falk Nordmann
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Spain, China, Italy, Norway

Jutta  Person was  born  in  1971  and  works  as  a  journalist  in Berlin.  She  studied  German  and  Italian  Literature  and  Philosoph in Cologne and Italy. She now writes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Literaturen, Die Zeit and the Philosophie Magazin.

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