REPUBLIK MOLDAU / РЕСПУБЛИКА МОЛДАВИЯ / REPUBLICA MOLDOVA / REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

REPUBLIK MOLDAU / РЕСПУБЛИКА МОЛДАВИЯ / REPUBLICA MOLDOVA / REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

SOFA JOURNEYS

Josef Trattner

Texts by Andrey Pavlenko, Maria Șleahtițchi, Moni Stănilă, Alexandru Vakulovski

German / English / Romanian, 80 pages, 21 × 28 cm, numerous color illustrations, softcover

November 2019

978-3-903172-40-1

€ 19,80 [A]

€ 19,30 [D]

Josef Trattner’s seventh journey takes him to the Republic of Moldova, his mobile foam sofa in tow. From Bălţi to Chișinău and Tiraspol young authors and musicians barely known beyond the Moldovan borders sat down to experience their city in a new light. “The brick-red sofa,” writes the author Andrey Pavlenko in his text, “became the most important town object. Schoolchildren and students photographed it in its new places of residence, whether on the Boulevard of Roses or in the town bakery. The local newspaper titled an article, ‘Soft Extraterrestrial. An Ingenious Guest from Another Galaxy?’ A local TV channel’s evening show took place on this ‘most freedom-loving sofa in the world.’ Each appearance of the sofa was associated with good luck.” Trattner and his Moldovan companions followed the sofa, in which they saw a metaphor of their existence, for a short part of its journey.