Books by Pauline de Bok

  • Prey. A Year of Hunting

    Pauline de Bok

    | Non-fiction | This book has 256 pages

    October 2016

    * English proposal * English sample translation *

    Rights sold: Rosinante & Co. (Denmark), C.H. Beck Verlag (Germany).


    Our environment is becoming more urbanised, digitised and roboticised. But even though our lives are increasingly virtual, we are and remain flesh and blood. And we are gradually becoming more conscious of this. We want to be part of nature, which means we must sharpen our senses once more and relearn how to use our innate abilities. We’re also becoming more conscious of what we eat: real animals, not the industrial meat, unrecognisable and bloodless, that ends up on our plates. Wild animals live their own lives. And man – traditionally a predator – hunts them. Today, that continues. In hunting we try to find ourselves, and in our own nature we seek common ground with nature outside.

    Pauline de Bok is a hunter. For Prey. A Year of Hunting she spent a year hunting from a converted livestock barn in eastern Germany. Every day she watched wild boar, deer, foxes, rabbits and badgers from her hunting platform. Sometimes she managed to shoot an animal; other times they would outwit her. She dragged all her kill back to her barn, where she gutted and skinned the carcasses and stored the meat, eating her prey from head to tail.

    De Bok takes you on her voyage of discovery through the world of hunting: from the first sight of spoor to the shot; from hauling kill through storms and mud to endless hours on the hunting platform. Her experiences and expeditions through the magnificent German landscape give rise to beautiful reflections on the relationship between humans and animals, mortality, and man’s place in nature. A beautiful, contemplative book about hunting, our place in nature and the longing for a simpler life

    Praise for previous work:

    ‘A book full of oral history, full of lives in disarray, a shining example of slow journalism.’ – Geert Mak

    ‘This is an indispensable book for anyone who wants to understand the GDR and German history.’ – Cees Nooteboom

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