Authors & Friends

On this page I listed people and authors to whom I have a relation. Either they were co-authors of one of the books presented on this side or we were in contact for other reasons, mainly about “desert related” subjects.

Please check out the books and publications of these authors and friends of mine.

Göldi, Max

When I met Max Göldi for the first time, he was the Country Manager of ABB in Libya. Apparently we did not have the same deep passion for the desert and so it came that we never “went out” together… but I still remember very clear when he called me one evening in July 2008, asking if I also had been aproached by the Authorities who wanted to review the Company-papers. Since they had not contacted me, we remained that we would talk again the next day and he would let me know then what was the reason behind all…

He did not call me the next day and I could not reach him on his mobile phone.

Ten years later Max Göldi has finally published his memories and the diary he maintained in an extensive book of more than 600 pages.

I have not yet read the book but I am very curious since it describes also my last two years in Libya which were not easy. I remain with “not easy” because compared to the experience Göldi was forced through I definitely had a “nice time” – I was not put in jail and single confinement without a reason but not arrested at all.

At this moment I cannot yet comment on the book – I need to read it first. But I hope that it also brings back my own memories of this time (I did not keep a diary)

..and I hope that Göldi did not write too bad about me although I can imagine that we did not always have the very same point of view and that it must have been not easy to see me coming and going more or less freely to the Swiss Embassy, where he was under “house arrest”.

Ten years after we met again when Göldi introduced his book in Zürich on 31. October 2018.

The book is available in German language only

Gaddafis Rache – Aus dem Tagebuch einer Geisel

Am 15. Juli 2008 wurde Hannibal Gaddafi, Sohn des damaligen libyschen Diktators Muammar Gaddafi, in Genf vorübergehend in Haft genommen. Der Vorwurf: Er und seine Frau hätten ihre Bediensteten misshandelt. Der Gaddafi-Clan sah dadurch seine Familienehre beschmutzt und begann einen unerbittlichen Rachefeldzug gegen die Schweiz, der zwei Jahre dauern und in die Geschichtsbücher eingehen sollte. Um der Schweizer Regierung Zugeständnisse abzupressen, nahm das libysche Regime den Schweizer Max Göldi und den schweizerisch-tunesischen Doppelbürger Rachid Hamdani in Haft. Nun erzählt Max Göldi von den schwierigen, nervenraubenden, bizarren und völlig absurden Irrungen und Wirrungen, die sein Leben zur Hölle machten. Er erzählt von immer wieder zerstörten Hoffnungen und großen Ängsten, davon, wie er sich während seiner Haft den sich ständig verändernden Lebensumständen anpassen musste, vom Überleben in libyschen Gefängnissen, von Entführung, Einzelhaft, Lösegeldforderungen, Willkür und kafkaesken Schauprozessen. Er weiht uns in Fluchtpläne ein, erinnert sich an boshafte Mitmenschen, überforderte Beamte, schillernde Vermittler und standfeste Diplomaten. Und daran, wie es war, als er am 14. Juni 2010 in Begleitung der damaligen Außenministerin Micheline Calmy-Rey in der Schweiz landete und endlich seine Frau wieder in die Arme schließen konnte.

Ordering the book from the publisher: Ordering: Gaddafis Rache