Bernd Brunner

The Art of Lying Down. A Handbook of Horizontal Living

Die Kunst des Liegens

The Art of Lying Down.  A Handbook of Horizontal Living

Complete English translation available
Carey Institute Nonfiction Residency, New York 2016
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“Anything that can’t be done in bed isn’t worth doing at all.” Groucho Marx

We all do it, but no one talks about it: Bernd Brunner invites you along on an easy-going tour through the underrated art of lying down

We spend a good third of our life lying down: sleeping and dreaming, making love, thinking, dosing, suffering, and getting well. Most people think of this position as something negative and associate it with stagnation, passivity, and laziness. Yet time spent horizontally can be invaluable – offering moments of contemplation that often lead to our best ideas. If Michelangelo hadn’t lain down, he would never have gotten the idea to turn the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel into one of mankind’s greatest works of art.

Bernd Brunner‘s ode to lying down is a rich exploration of cultural history and an entertaining collection of tales all in one. He approaches the horizontal state from a number of directions, but never loses his keen sense for the odd and bizarre. From Stone Age repose to the story of the mattress or the latest findings in sleep research: Horizontal Living is an exciting way to relax. An elegantly written study of an art that we all do well.

“Savouring every word of Bernd Brunner's charming and Montaignesque Art of Lying Down” (Praise for the translated English-language edition by Sarah Bakewell, author of the award-winning and bestselling books “How To Live, or, A Life of Montaigne” and “At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails”)

Cultural History / Science


ISBN: 978-3-86971-051-8
release: 10. September 2012
176 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

For more than ten years, Bernd Brunner has written acclaimed, highly entertaining books on topics that inspire a mixture of scientific investigation and cultural inquiry. His books have been sold to numerous countries.

Further titles by the author:
Ornithomania (Birdmania)
Als die Winter noch Winter waren (When Winters Were Still Winters)