What it’s about:
German history, from the founding of the German empire, through the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the divided Germany, to reunification, is portrayed in Hartmut Sannecke’s debut novel. What is special about the novel:
Not humans are the political movers and shakers, but wild animals from all continents.
In 2006, the teenager Benno embarks on an adventurous journey to Berlin. During the soccer fever at the final game, he is taken by a mysterious ‘Helmut Löwe’ with many puzzle pieces on a journey of discovery through the capital.Hidden letters and messages lead him through the alternate history of Germany, from the empire to parliamentary democracy.
A magical map, which runs through the novel like a common thread, vividly illustrates how Germany and its neighboring countries have developed over the past century and a half.
Former Bundestag President Rita Süssmuth writes in the foreword:
“To enable children and young people to understand historical contexts, in order to make better decisions together for the future – that’s what I call successful political education. And how nice when, as in this book, it’s also fun.”
Hartmut Sannecke, born in 1963, lives in Berlin and works in ‘normal’ life as a manager who supports companies in implementing change and transformation processes. With his first novel “Benno und das Parlament der wilden Tiere” (Benno and the Parliament of the Wild Animals), he wants to convey to children, young people and also adults how exciting and entertaining German history was and is.
The book complements history lessons and helps young and old alike to familiarize themselves with German history.
The novel for young people will be published in German on April 27, 2023, to coincide with the Leipzig Book Fair by WunderbarMedia: Publishing
Softcover, 244 pages 19,80 €