English Press Releases
South African author gets German Book of the Month accolade.
From Rock to Kraut by Anli
From Rock to Kraut by Anli
Trier, Germany 09/05/08 - A book on Germany by a South African-born journalist has just been selected by her German publisher as Book of the Month. ”From Rock to Kraut”, Anli Serfontein’s book about her experiences and difficulties of settling in Germany was chosen by veteran publisher Vito von Eichborn as Book of the Month and will appear at the end of August on the German market in a new edition.
What makes the choice more remarkable is that an English language book is being released onto the German book market. Von Eichborn, the founder of the renowned Eichborn Publishing House, is one of Germany’s most innovative publishers. Each month the well-known publisher singles out one book that he believes deserves a wider readership, from among the 500 books published monthly by digital publisher Books on Demand. He was so convinced of the book, that he was prepared to take the risk. “This belongs to the best I have read in a long time”, he wrote.
He praised the book as being “funny and true-to-life, thoughtful and precise and entirely entertaining. And when one has read it, one sees us and oneself in a little bit of a new light.”
In her book, Serfontein takes the reader on a journey through everyday life in Germany, as she struggles to deal with convoluted red-tape, arrogant teachers, extreme tidiness and the inability of 80 million people to queue. Living in a wine-producing region, she battles to keep up with the locals and their town, and wine and harvest- festivals.
Her tale is spiced with accounts of her travels as a BBC television producer, meeting populist Dutch right-wing politician Pim Fortuyn at home in Rotterdam days before his murder or speaking to the last surviving officer to be with Hitler in the Berlin bunker during the last days of the war.
From Rock to Kraut was first published in Germany, the United Kingdom
and the USA
in March 2008. It has been widely applauded
among other by both the South African expat community newspapers in London. In May the book
made it onto the Editor’s Choice List of the South African Times in London
– a list headed by Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare and two other award winning books.
The Times wrote, "Her tale will appeal to anyone building a
home outside of South Africa.". It is
estimated that one million South Africans have left the country in the last decade,
many of them finding a home in the USA.
The book will be on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. In the USA it is available from online bookshops Amazon.com, Blackwells, Borders and Barnes&Noble. For more information on the book visit the website: www.fromrocktokraut.com
From Rock to Kraut, Anli Serfontein, Trade Paperback 216p, Lightning Source / BoD, Norderstedt, $22.95
For Editors Background Information
Anli Serfontein grew up in Johannesburg
where she attended Wits
University and graduated
in 1982 with a BA in Comparative Literature and Drama and Film. She pursued her
film studies in The Netherlands in the eighties before returning to South Africa in
1986. She spent nine years working for the foreign press in South Africa as
a television producer and journalist. In 1995 she turned her back on full-time
journalism, married and moved to Germany. Anli now lives with her
family in Trier
on the Moselle: Germany’s oldest town and the
birthplace of Karl Marx. This is her first book and she is currently working on
her second one. For more information visit her website: www.serfontein.org
Books on Demand, Norderstedt, Germany
Books on Demand (BOD) is a digital publishing facilitator for small publishers and authors. BoD publishes about 500 titles a month and is a market leader in print-on-demand, digital-publishing in Europe. It has branches in Switzerland, Scandinavia and France and is a subsidiary of the biggest book retailer in Europe, Libri. In the UK and the USA, BOD co-operates with digital publisher Lightning Source.
Vito von Eichborn - Edition BOD