The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin

Transport yourself to a place somewhat hotter and drier than Clydesdale in March 2018. The Sheltering Desert is about two young German geologists, Henno Martin and Hermann Korn, who seek refuge in the Namib Desert and live a bushman existence for two and a half years.

Martin and Korn had left Nazi Germany for Namibia to conduct field research in 1935. At the outbreak of the Second World War, many male Germans living in South-West Africa are interned in local camps. As pacifists the two German scientists escape arrest and flee into the Namib Desert. In it they encounter the vastness of the landscape, the clear skies, nature’s silence in the joy or suffering of her creatures, and a mysterious stillness where the evils of civilization are distant events.

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276 pages in Andesite Press

First published 1957

ISBN  978-1297497650

Henno Martin

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