During the Iraq war in March 2003, a peace bus was parked in Dresden's old town, operated by three brothers raising money for a charity project to travel to Iraq.
Karl May, known for his 19th-century fictional travel and adventure novels set in the old American West and Middle East, had lived in Dresden. However, his idealist thoughts on world peace, his naïve and sometimes superior views, were never based on first-hand experience. Apart from trips to the United States and the Middle East towards the end of his career, he had never been to those places described in his fiction.
I gave the peace activists a book by Karl May entitled From Baghdad to Stambul. In Karl May fashion, I sent the book on its journey to experience the “adventure” in my place and asked the three brothers to document the book's journey. Upon their return, the photos would become a travel book of a travel book.
The project was never realized because of the dangerous situation in Iraq.
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