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Occident Express

approx. 300 pages, 20 illu­stra­tions.
Preliminary date of publication: spring/summer 2021.

Occident Express


I hate things all fiction ... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric –
and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.
Lord Byron in a letter to his publisher John Murray — London 1817.

Προαιρεῖσθαί τε δεῖ ἀδύνατα εἰκότα μᾶλλον ἢ δυνατὰ ἀπίθανα.
Probable impossibilities are preferable to improbable possibilities.
Aristotele. Poetics. 1460A; c. 335 BC.


The third volume in the series ... you live and learn, Jack Boulder realizes, but to which purpose? What doesn't kill us makes us strongerThe lie is a condition of life (both quotations by Friedrich Nietzsche; and Boulder will find out both).

From Basel to the Mediterranean, from Berlin to Istanbul — and beyond.

"One never really knows where a story has its beginning or when it's over and done with. This one was simple. It started on a Saturday."

It tries to answer questions such as: Why is a Russian oligarch interested in re-inventing the Berlin-Baghdad raiload of the late 19th century? Why is a leading German media entrepreneur and former East-German journalist deeply interested in the same topic? Is it dangerous to go long-distance biking in Turkey? Question after question.

It begins with an accident in Greece, follows man-hunts along dusty railroad tracks in the Middle East, and ends with a furniture truck in Switzerland.

The Author

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Peter de Chamier has a doc­­to­r­ate in hi­st­ory and works for an inter­­nat­io­nal scien­tific and hum­ani­tarian non-govern­­men­tal or­gani­z­ation.

The author has written and edited a number of non-fiction books that were trans­lated into seven lan­gua­ges. He has con­tribut­ed numerous news­­paper arti­c­les for the cul­­ture and arts sec­­tions of se­ve­­ral lead­­ing news­p­apers, and has a re­gu­lar column in a scien­­ti­fic news ma­ga­­zine.

de Chamier's novels are written in the form of the poli­­tical thril­ler, moral­­ly neu­tral — still moral, vi­gi­­lant, full of sus­­pense, ton­gue in cheek, and on solid fact­­ual and hist­o­rical found­a­tions. They are written in English.