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Unser Wohnort Ist ein Wilder Berg : Sapüner Schriftstimmen


Unser Wohnort Ist ein Wilder Berg : Sapüner Schriftstimmen



Unser Wohnort Ist ein Wilder Berg: Sapüner Schriftstimmen (Where We Live Is a Wild Mountain: Written Voices from Sapün) is a historical collection of "written voices" from farmers, schoolchildren, teachers, and local officials from the small village of Sapün in the Swiss Alps. Facsimile reproductions of handwritten letters and documents are accompanied by extensive commentary and are interspersed with contemporary photographs of the high valley. Sample documents include a schedule of the Fondei school and a table showing the remembrances from teachers and students, a detailed dowry list, and love poems. Other subjects addressed in the documents, such as finances, magic and popular medicine, and death, serve to highlight the everyday lives of mountain people in the 18th and 19th centuries in Sapün.



Publication Date



Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung




European History | German Language and Literature | Social History


Description and cover image courtesy of Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Subject Areas

Walsers -- Switzerland; Switzerland -- Social conditions -- 18th century; Switzerland -- Social conditions -- 19th century

Author/Editor Bio

Peter Richardson is Professor of German at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, an M.Phil. from Yale University, an M.A. from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Georg A. Mattli studied industrial design at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz. He is a board member of the Mattli Foundation in Sapün.

Peter A. Mattli worked in the banking industry for 35 years before starting his own business; he now works as an independent asset manager in Zürich and is President of the Mattli Foundation in Sapün.

Series Information

NZZ libro

Unser Wohnort Ist ein Wilder Berg : Sapüner Schriftstimmen