The literary travelogue is considered a dying good. In his book “Als Spion am Nil” (As a spy on the Nile), journalist Gerald Drißner vividly describes how Egypt’s society has developed in recent years beyond the Nile cruises and luxury hotels on the Red Sea. He convincingly explains why the revolution is bringing the Muslim Brotherhood to power and why the military is not permanently watching.
Someone has foreseen what will move the whole world some time later. You can’t expect more ingenious foreshadowing from a journalist.
Marc Thomas Spahl
Axel Springer Preis (Laudatio)
“In a country that is starting anew” is a wise look at Tunisia (…) Living in Tunisia or travelling the country is not easy at the moment – this well-researched book makes that clear. However, the country offers a special experience, precisely because many things are in a state of upheaval and many things are in a state of change. However, Drißner is immune to developing an all too wildly romantic attitude of authenticity.
The Austrian journalist Gerald Drißner tours Tunisia from his small rented apartment in Tunis to the furthest corners of the country. The encounters with smugglers, farmers or revolutionaries and the conversations in the coffee houses let the reader experience the Tunisian everyday life after the revolution.