Nora Bossong

Crusade with a Dog - Poems

(German title: Kreuzzug mit Hund)
ca. 101 pages
Nora Bossong
Foto: Nora Bossong
© Heike Steinweg

Nora Bossong, born in 1982 in Bremen, is a writer of poetry, novels and essays, and has been the recipient of several awards for these, including the Peter Huchel Prize and the Art Prize Berlin.

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»At 33 years old, Nora Bossong is a remarkably accomplished poet and novelist.« FR


In her new volume of poetry, Nora Bossong travels from small-town Germany to the Mediterranean and onwards into the Holy Land and beyond. Her natural manner of movement a shifting back and forth in time. Hungry for experience, she explores poetic scenes from a past hundred of years old and a distilled present. Almost as if by chance, she directs her lens on people, places and traditions, describing them with subtle humour and sensitivity while leaving their secrets intact.

Whoever has had the chance to hear Bossong’s poems set to music by the composer Anno Schreier, will know what an important voice of German-language literature contemporary writing has been graced with. It is time that other countries got to know it now, too.


»Poetry means the metamorphosis of speech, sometimes even salvation. Bossong’s masterful poems lead us through troubling times, without letting us fall.« Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag

»Poetry is not a good means of reassuring the world, good poetry keeps the world suspended so that it can be weighed anew. For such a show of strength, however, ›light feathers‹ are required. Nora Bossong has them.« Tobias Lehmkuhl, DIE ZEIT

»Astonishing powers of observation and an immense talent for writing.« FAZ

»Nora Bossong is a poet who understands transitions. She has written a linguistically powerful and political collection of poems, without attaching herself to a political agenda in the process.« SWR