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Wolfgang Bauer, born in 1970, works for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. He has been awarded the Theodor Wolff Prize and the Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre, among others, for his reporting. His book Über das Meer (English: Crossing the Sea) was a bestseller and has been translated into ten languages.
Am Ende der Straße. Afghanistan zwischen Hoffnung und Scheitern. Eine Reportage.
Hardly any German journalist knows Afghanistan as well as Wolfgang Bauer. The Zeit reporter was on the ground many times, made the fates of the people vivid in award-winning reportages. Early on, he warned of a return of the Taliban. In August 2021, one of his closest colleagues was murdered.
After the fall of Kabul, Wolfgang Bauer returns once more. He travels the Ring Road, seeks out places he has visited in the last 20 years - and explores the question: Why did the West fail in Afghanistan? What does this failure have to do with development aid worth billions? And where do things go from here? His reportage is a parable about hope and failure in the Hindu Kush.
Wolfgang Bauer: Am Ende der Straße. Afghanistan zwischen Hoffnung und Scheitern. Eine Reportage. Suhrkamp Verlag, 2022