Bernd Brunner studied in Berlin and Seattle and works at the intersections of cultural history and the history of science. Realizing that his hometown Berlin is not the center of the universe, just a city with a rather unusual past, he has chosen to venture beyond. These days you are more likely to run into him in the streets, libraries, and clubs of Istanbul.
His books have been translated into various languages, and one of his essays on Istanbul was included in Best American Travel Writing 2013 (ed. Elizabeth Gilbert). Among the many publications he contributed to are Lapham's Quarterly, The Smart Set, Huffington Post, Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Die Welt, Zeit Geschichte, Mare, Zoon, Form+Zweck, and Cabinet.
Represented on behalf of Kiepenheuer & Witsch.
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE: "A strange and dreamy voice . . . like an Italo Calvino short story, curiously translated from some lost, obscure language."
Badische Zeitung: "Brunner finds his material in scientific studies, biographies, and literature. In finely-tuned language, he chats informationally about floating, light baths and sunbathing, couch surfing, hammocks, rest cures, and lying down while traveling. Entertaining reading practically made to be conveniently enjoyed while practicing the art of lying down."
NZZ am Sonntag: "You first realize you'd missed certain books all along when you hold them in your hand. Bernd Brunner's enjoyable book charmingly yet informatively explores an aspect of our lives that has been shamefully neglected until now... Every seemingly peripheral aspect contains a wondrous story."
"An exquisitely beautiful book ...These stories about birds are ultimately reflections on the curious nature of humanity itself" — Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK
There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds. Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, BIRDMANIA showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends.
In addition to well-known enthusiasts such as Aristotle, Charles Darwin, and Helen Macdonald, Brunner introduces readers to Karl Russ, the pioneer of “bird rooms,” who had difficulty renting lodgings when landlords realized who he was; George Lupton, a wealthy Yorkshire lawyer, who commissioned the theft of uniquely patterned eggs every year for twenty years from the same unfortunate female guillemot who never had a chance to raise a chick; George Archibald, who performed mating dances for an endangered whooping crane called Tex to encourage her to lay; and Mervyn Shorthouse, who posed as a wheelchair-bound invalid to steal an estimated ten thousand eggs from the Natural History Museum at Tring.