The Salty River

by Jan Bauer

Translated by Judith Pattinson

Published September 2015

ISBN 9780980593723 | 240pp | AUD$30.00 | Buy book


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After a difficult separation in his native Germany, Jan Bauer sets off for the Australian desert in search of himself. He intends to walk the length of the ‘lhere pirnte’ – the salty river. His 450-kilometre journey takes him into the scorching hot centre of Australia. There he meets a fellow wanderer, the young French woman, Morgane. The two grow closer as step by step they traverse the tough and beautiful Larapinta trail's dry and salty riverbeds.

The Salty River, Jan Bauer's debut graphic novel, is a tender and unexpected love story set in a spectacular environment.

The Salty River is a delight – funny, heartfelt, generous.’ Tony Birch, author of Blood and Shadowboxing
‘Jan Bauer works black-and-white magic, inviting us on a journey through enormous landscapes, both geographical and emotional. A beautiful and intimate book.’ Nicki Greenberg, creator of the graphic adaptations The Great Gatsby and Hamlet
‘The best German debut of the year.’ Matthias Heine, Die Welt
‘Convincing honesty and charm.’ Christian Endres, Der Tagesspiegel

Twelve Panels Press gratefully acknowledges the support of the Goethe-Institut Australia and the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne.

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