Author Thomas Wyss scrambled through the archives and libraries of Switzerland – and even went as far as blackmailing people! Thanks to his persistent research and inquisitive mind, Wyss has published a unique collection of stories which could technically be based on Swiss history.
Even Wilhelm Tell is making an appearance, which might explain the book’s loosely translated disclaimer: “Not completely based on true facts.”
As far as the title of this mockumentary, it definitively sets the tone for what is hidden beneath the cover: “The almost decapitated Matterhorn”. All the anecdotes in this little gem of a book are truthful (or are they?), but most have been too secret for the public to know! At least until now…
“Das um ein Haar geköpfte Matterhorn” reads like a non-fiction book about historical events, but there is a sarcastic undertone throughout. How else can it be explained that Wyss stumbled upon a foiled attack on the most iconic mountain – by no other but a German?
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317 pages, German