Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe by Wolfgang Bauer

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Wolfgang Bauer

Sarah Pybus

Price: £15/$21.95; £8/$15 ebook

Hardback with 16-page colour photo insert


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Published by:
And Other Stories

Publication date:
24th March 2016 (UK & Europe); 12 April 2016 (North America)

The first book of reportage covering the flight of refugees from Syria to Europe via the Mediterranean. With colour photos.

Award-winning journalist Wolfgang Bauer and photographer Stanislav Krupař were the first undercover reporters to document the journey of Syrian refugees from Egypt to Europe. Posing as English teachers in 2014, they were direct witnesses to the brutality of smuggler gangs, the processes of detainment and deportation, the dangers of sea-crossing on rickety boats, and the final furtive journey through Europe. Combining their own travels with other eyewitness accounts in the first book of reportage of its kind, Crossing the Sea brings to life both the systemic problems and the individual faces behind the crisis, and is a passionate appeal for more humanitarian refugee policies.


Praise for Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe

  • ‘It’s not just the detail in this book that counts. It’s the anger.’ Robert Fisk, The Independent
  • ‘An excellent book.’ Melissa Fleming, Spokesperson and Head of Communications, UNHCR
  • ‘Bauer’s book . . . exemplifies the best qualities of immersive journalism . . . his brave investigation tells us an important truth about the refugee experience.’ Daniel Trilling, Times Literary Supplement
  • ‘Bauer excellently re-creates the predatory, tense world of these shadowy men . . . the people-smugglers.’ Caroline Moorehead, New Statesman
  • ‘What Crossing the Sea does best is give a face to the dehumanised ‘refugee crisis’ that we read about in everyday news headlines . . . [W]hen there is a human face behind the news story, it is impossible to turn your attention away from it.’ Hsiao-Hung Pai, Open Democracy
  • ‘Wolfgang Bauer is a sophisticated and conscientious reporter, an expert on the Arab Spring and its aftermath, and a brilliant writer.’ Nell Zink, author of Mislaid and The Wallcreeper
  • ‘Gripping . . . Bauer excels [at] filling in the back stories, and providing detail on the nefarious, cut-throat business of people smuggling.’ Irish Examiner
  • ‘A compact book . . . bursting with humanity and humility, the down-to-earth text and colour photos help put a human face on a crisis being manipulated by politicians and the media for their own ends.’ New Internationalist
  • Crossing The Sea offers an inside perspective on their plight, and tells a story rarely told . . . The refugees’ stories and remarkable photos provide a counter-narrative to the popular media rhetoric.’ Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue North
  • ‘An incisive portrait both of the lives behind the crisis, and the systemic problems that constitute it.’ Publisher’s Weekly
  • ‘Brutal and moving reportage.’ Biblioklept
  • ‘The last words of this book are “Have mercy.” There is no more to say. Wolfgang Bauer’s impressive and brutally honest depiction of the fates of refugees speaks for itself.’ Berthold Merkle, Der Tagesspiegel
  • ‘The book shows what the media and politicians have ignored.’ ORF (Österreichischer Rundfunk, Austrian national broadcaster)
  • ‘The book affects you on two levels. There is the gripping reportage that brings us very close to the people, and there is also the epilogue’s entreating words. Bauer’s accusation is powerful.’ Südwest Presse, Ulm
  • ‘The book we should all be reading. Astonishing and heartbreaking.’ Foyles, Staff Pick

wolfgang-bauer-crossing-the-sea-01More Information

  • Find out more about Wolfgang Bauer in our authors’ section.
  • Read a fascinating Newsweek profile about Wolfgang Bauer and his journey with Syrian refugees.
  • Read an interview in The Skinny with Wolfgang Bauer and fellow German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer.
  • Bauer won the 2016 Liberty Award for his work on Crossing the Sea. You can watch a short Liberty Award video about the book here.
  • Harper’s featured an extract from Crossing the Sea. You can read it here.
  • Take a look at the author’s website here and the photographer’s website here.
  • Crossing the Sea is a bestseller in Germany, with over 25,000 copies sold around the world. And Other Stories are delighted to be able to bring Wolfgang Bauer and Stanislav Krupař’s groundbreaking work to the English language.


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