I had a look at our shelves and dug out an obscure book that probably not many people outside Germany know, even though it has been translated into English. The book is called Letters Back to Ancient China by Herbert Rosendorfer.
The plot in short is: A mandarin from ancient China has managed to invent a time machine and travels to modern day Germany (even though by today’s standards the world in the book is already outdated again). The book describes his adventures in Munich that he tells his friend back in ancient China in the form of letters that he deposits at a spot in a park that transports them back in time.
I absolutely love this book. Even though it is very funny the observations of the mandarin about our life makes you question some of our ways and reconsider what on Earth we are doing here.
These are three different German covers and one English one.
The first German one and the English one are nice. I like them. The second German one, I don’t know. What is the guy doing there? Dancing on a letter? The third German one is way too Bavarian for my taste. OK, the skyline of Munich is alright, I suppose, but I don’t like the lantern with the Bavarian crest at all. Clash of cultures? Too unsubtle! What do you think?