Peter Bichsel

The Donkey, Too, Has a Soul - Early Texts and Columns 1963-1971

Edited by Beat Mazenauer. With an introduction by the author
(German title: Auch der Esel hat eine Seele)
ca. 351 pages
Peter Bichsel
Foto: Peter Bichsel
© Isolde Ohlbaum

Born in 1935 in Lucerne, Peter Bichsel lives as a freelance author in Bellach. He has won numerous awards.

Rights available

The columns before the columns

On the author’s 85th birthday on March 24, 2020


The first of Peter Bichsel‘s P.S.-columns, which have become an institution sui generis over the course of four decades, was published in Zurich’s Tages-Anzeiger in 1975. But even in the 1960s, the author had been writing numerous journalistic contributions and columns on questions of the times, that accompanied his early successes as a literary storyteller. Beat Mazenauer has gathered them in this volume – and has added a few narrative explorations from that time.

Over the years, Peter Bichsel has developed his own dialectics of perception. It admits the contradictory and in the ongoing movement of thoughts it always keeps an eye on their failures as well. Bichsel, who asks and questions, is, according to Beat Mazenauer, a master of delaying »final« answers.

Other publications

Kindergeschichten/Children’s Stories (1969)

Sold to:

France (Attila), Denmark (Gyldendal), Korea (Wisdomhouse), Japan (Asahi), Thailand (Gamme Magie Éditions), Slovakia (Milanium), Hungary (Holnap), Belorussia (Logvinau), Georgia (Bakur Sulakauri), Azerbaijan (Alatoran), Iran (Aftabkaran), Hindi (Saar Sansaar); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Spanish world rights (Santillana), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Atica), Italy (Marcos y Marcos), Netherlands (Van Goor), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Poland (Longin Studio), Czech Republic (Host), Romania (RAO), Croatia (Stajer-Graf), Serbia (Draganic), Slovenia (LUD Literatura)

Eigentlich möchte Frau Blum den Milchmann kennenlernen/Actually, Frau Blum Would Really Like to Meet the Milkman (1964)

Sold to:

Korea (Munhakdongne), Thailand (Gamme Magie Éditions), Hungary (Bookart), Belorussia (Logvinau), Iran (Aftabkaran); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: UK (Calder & Boyars), Spanish world rights (Pozuelo de Alarcon), France (Gallimard), Italy (Marcos y Marcos), Denmark (Gyldendal), Norway (Pax), Slovenia (LUD Literatura), Turkey (Kabalci)