Logbook by Austrian writer Franz Hammerbacher was written during the voyage around the world on large container ships, the voyage which, accidentally, lasted eighty days. Discrete humor, actuality and elegant style brought the author a number of readers and critical acclaim.
Ship’s log is a means of the preservation of evidence, but it remains unclear what it was to be proved by it. The meaning of the notes is created only retroactively. It is vital that the log is kept chronologically and politely, regardless of the current mood and inspiration. Extraordinary events are recorded as rarely as they occur. Ship’s diary in the first place is the record of everyday life . Using the logbook method, Franz Hammerbacher reports on events such as the spectacular passage through the Panama Canal or the dangerous waterways near the Somali coast, as well as on the small events in the lives of crews and passengers, drawing the reader into his documentary story that slides almost imperceptibly from the recorded moments on the sea into the meditation about the voyage that is life.
A literery testimony of an outward and inward journey by the renowned Swiss traveler and writer. What could have eassily become a simple travelogue becomes a diary of a slow sinking into loneliness, fever, exotic beauties and deadly menaces of a “chimerical island” – Sri Lanka. Combining humour and poetry, N. Bouvier created penetrating, unforgettable literary images.