Quint Buchholz’s Les Bar
© 2003 Quint Buchholz/Carl Hanser Verlag
Awhile ago I posted the cover image from the 2003 book catalog (shown below) for W.G. Sebald’s German publisher Carl Hanser Verlag, which included the first release of Sebald’s posthumous book Campo Santo. Spread across the back and front cover was a painting of fourteen of Hanser’s authors behind a bar.
Quint Buchholz and the staff at Hanser were kind enough to send me a great image of his original painting, which also included Michael Krueger – the publisher of Carl Hanser Verlag – who appears on the left as the barkeeper. Krueger was edited out of the catalog cover, obviously for reasons of space. Quint says:”This painting was originally painted for a poster celebrating the 75th birthday of the Carl Hanser Verlag,”and he has identified each of the authors at the bar. From left to right: John Berger, Harry Mulisch, T. C. Boyle, Elke Heidenreich, Philip Roth, Jostein Gaarder, David Grossman, Raoul Schrott, Rafik Schami, Lars Gustafson, W. G. Sebald, Michael Ondaatje, Antonio Tabucchi, and Margriet de Moor.
Finally! A mystery solved! I still say Jostein Gaarder looks like George Saunders in the hazy version.
Well, I think there is a similarity between Gaarder (sixth from left) and Saunders. For anyone wanting to see George Saunders, check out his photograph at http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/article.php?id=3413&IssueNum=19 or just search him via Google Images.