A Portrait

192 pages

Hardcover with numerous illustrations

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

In her dazzling animal portrait, Jutta Person delves deep into the natural and cultural history of these creatures, whose status between stone, plant, or animal has long been unclear. Not for nothing did corals seem to be enigmatic alternate beings that grew in underwater meadows or populated the courtly chambers of wonder as mineral wonders of nature. Jutta Person tells of the appearance of corals in literature and art, shows how they helped as a bony amulet in warding off the evil eye, and travels with us to the Andaman Sea and the Red Sea. An expedition into psychedelic worlds - and into the history and present of fascinating sea creatures, which we should protect all the more urgently in view of coral bleaching and reef death.

German title: Korallen - Ein Portrait
ISBN: 978-3-95757-697-2
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
Publication date: 2019
Series: Naturkunden Vol. 050
Illustration: Falk Nordmann

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.

By the same author(s)

"In this way, a small but versatile compendium has been created. Written in an elegant conversational tone and with a fine sense of humor, moreover illustrated with beautiful, historical illustrations- the ideal reading for a mental leap into marine depths." - Eva Gaeding, MDR Kultur