Wolfgang Bauer is a reporter for Die Zeit. His reportages have won him many prizes including the Prix Bayeux­ Calvados for War Correspondents. He has worked in the Arab world for many years, including in war zones in Syria and Libya.

His second Prix Bayeux-Calvados for War Correspondents was awarded for the Syrian refugee reportage in Die Zeit that formed the basis of the book Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe.

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  • Read more about Wolfgang Bauer’s ‘impressive and brutally honest depiction of the fates of refugees’: Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe.
  • Wolfgang Bauer was awarded the 2016 Liberty Award in Germany, for his work on Crossing the Sea. You can watch the Liberty Award video about Bauer’s work here (in German with English subtitles).
  • Crossing the Sea is a bestseller in Germany, with over 25,000 copies sold. And Other Stories are delighted to be able to bring Wolfgang Bauer and Stanislav Krupař’s important book to English-language readers.
  • Take a look at the author’s website here.


Robert Fisk
The Independent

‘It’s not just the detail in this book that counts. It’s the anger.’

Melissa Fleming, Spokesperson and Head of Communications, UNHCR

‘An excellent book.’

Daniel Trilling
Times Literary Supplement

‘Bauer’s book . . . exemplifies the best qualities of immersive journalism . . . his brave investigation tells us an important truth about the refugee experience.’

Caroline Moorehead
The New Statesman

‘Bauer excellently re-creates the predatory, tense world of these shadowy men . . . the people-smugglers.’

Hsiao-Hung Pai
Open Democracy

‘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.’

Nell Zink

‘Wolfgang Bauer is a sophisticated and conscientious reporter, an expert on the Arab Spring and its aftermath, and a brilliant writer.’

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