Farewell to the Horse: A Cultural History

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author

Ulrich Raulff is director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach am Neckar. He has won the Anna Krüger Prize, the Ernst Robert Curtius Prize, and the 2010 Leipzig Book Fair Prize.
Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp is a British literary translator working from German, Russian and Arabic into English. She has translated novels by Fadi Zaghmout, Hanna Winter, Kathrin Rohmann and Yulia Yakovleva. Ruth graduated from the University of Oxford in 2003 and completed an MA in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Bath. She most of all loves translating fiction, nonfiction (particularly history, travel and nature) and children's books.


A beautiful and thoughtful exploration. . . . It is shocking how recently we relied upon horses, and as this tale is told, shocking how fast we have moved away from our dependent working relationship with them. This fine history book tells the story of that relationship in its final century, and how horses still run through our culture in countless ways, distant echoes of the pact we long had with them.--James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life
As you pick up the reins of this book--trying to get a sense of what sort of a ride it is to be--it becomes evident within three paragraphs that you have never read a book like it. . . . [Raulff] has an extraordinarily connective mind and it is seldom possible to predict where he is going with it. . . . Beautifully and idiosyncratically illustrated.
Exceptionally thorough. . . . Raulff offers a look at a changing cultural landscape, primarily in western Europe, with the horse as one of the primary casualties of industry.--Maggie Reagan
To call this history from scientist and journalist Raulff a sprawling work would be an understatement. The author's deep love of and fascination with all things equine is apparent in this beautifully translated deep dive into the history of humankind's relationship to the horse. . . . Beautifully written and undeniably compelling. Anyone with a love of horses will be in paradise reading this reverently catalogued tribute.--Jennifer Stout
A fascinating canter through the history of horses and their dealings, for better or worse, with humans. . . . A top-notch addition to the library of any cultured equestrian; highly readable from start to finish.
For anybody who loves horses Ulrich Raulff's book is an extraordinary and far-reaching examination of the horse in our art, culture and imagination, as well as its pivotal role in war, commerce and peace over so many centuries.--Michael Korda, author of Horse People
Get ready for a wild ride! Operatic in scope, quirky in detail, Ulrich Raulff's magnificent book will sweep you off your feet, and carry you through centuries of art and literature, warfare and industry, all to the sound of the hoofbeats that made so much of human history possible. This is an important, passionate, surprising book. It shows just how much of our 'progress' is owed to another species--a species we both revered and cruelly enslaved. Students of history, lovers of horses, and those of us who recognize the crucial role of animals in human history will give this volume a prominent place on the bookshelf, and gratefully consult it again and again.--Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus