A Portrait

119 pages

Hardcover with numerous illustrations

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

As „Silver of the Sea" this fish has been traded against gold and fur  in  medieval  times.  Not  only  wealth  but  whole  empires  were found  on  this  “King  of  fishes“.  Was  herrings  absent  those  empires went  down.  This  fish,  which  could  also  cause  wars,  has  been  celebrated  in  paintings  and  novels,  plays  and  poems  –  not  even modern  science  could  reveal  all  his  secrets. Holger  Teschke,  who has worked as a fisherman and can tell stories about his own experience with catching herrings, tells the natural and cultural history of this shimmering and endangered animal.

German title: Heringe - Ein Portrait
ISBN: 978-3-88221-392-8
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
Publication date: 2014
Print run: 2
Series: Naturkunden Vol. 009
Illustration: Falk Nordmann
Sold to: Sweden, China

Holger  Teschke,  born  in  1958,  visited  as  engineer  numerous fisheries  on  the  coast  before  studying  drama  in  Berlin  where  he worked as dramatic advisor and writer. Between 2000 and 2010 he traveled in the USA, in Australia and South Asia as a stage director. Since  2010  he  teaches  the  history  of  theater  and  dramaturgy.  He writes for TheaterderZeit and Deutschland Radio Kultur and lives in Berlin and South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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"Without the tasty and very healthy herring, the history of Europe would probably have been different. More than 50 different species of this fish, which occurs in large shoals, swim in the world's oceans."
Roman Neumann, Bayern2