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.
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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"The author has succeeded in creating a very nice, in addition appealingly illustrated coral excursion with many ramifications." - Joachim Ringleb, Information Resources for Libraries
"The volume concludes with a small coral gallery and selected references. They round out what is true of it as a whole: an astonishing amount is offered in a short space, well linked and narrated with style." - Helmut Mayer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Jutta Person connects all these finds to a cultural history that shows that corals are not just worth a snorkeling vacation. Rather, they are an integral part of our material as well as spiritual cosmos." - Carmela Thiele, SWR2
"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