Germany: Galiani Berlin, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
"Savouring every word of Bernd Brunner's charming and Montaignesque Art of Lying Down"
Sarah Bakewell, author of "How To Live, or, A Life of Montaigne" and "At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails"
"An airy, Calvino-esque collection of essays ... A sweet, somnolent book - a lovely premise, chock full of interesting history, and guided by a charming narrative voice, sure to be beloved by whichever lucky reader leaves it on their bedside table."
"Brunner flits around, landing on a subject long enough to offer a tale or two relating to, say, the history of mattress design before moving on to Sigmund Freud's couch, Marcel Proust's brass bed, or the night that Ishmael in "Moby-Dick" slept with a cannibal. A compact volume suitable for reading in bed."
"Before you talk yourself into the Ultra-Marathon Desk, take a deep breath. Pick up this book. Read it in bed."
"A chatty compendium on the human position. ... The wonderful illustrations add to the entertainment value ... Offers an amusing spectrum of anecdotes."
"Instead of a Kamasutra-style guide, Bernd Brunner has provided a serious yet truly entertaining book about the art of lying down."
"His "Guide to Horizontal Living" is an enjoyable history of culture, mores, and medicine primarily devoted to the pleasant aspects of lying, lounging, and lazing around."
"You first realize you'd missed certain books all along when you hold them in your hand."
"Brunner has again succeeded in writing an exceptionally informative and entertaining ramble through cultural history."
"A form of applied philosophy, taking a sardonic look at how a certain physical position paves the way for particular states of mind. An amusing book for all of us who sleep, whether on our sides, backs, or stomachs."