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A cultural history

From goddess to mouse hunter, from witches’ pet to queen of our home: a feline trip through the centuries.

Adored as a god in ancient Egypt, cats traveled the spheres of the known world on ship and on their four paws. They were at home in the libraries and kitchens of monasteries, roamed through backyards and allies, slept in royal beds, were useful against mice and served as muses. Humans have felt love, suspicion and hate towards cats. Their mysterious nature has raised superstitions, but has also been a source of inspiration. It was always artists, most of all writers who were on the cat’s side. Thus the history of the cat is also one of the arts, a cultural history, the history of humankind. Cats have come a long way and this book traces the steps: from early times all the way to the snuggly sofa of today.

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320 pages
format:140 x 220
ISBN: 9783701732388
Release date: 13.09.2011

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Johanna Fürstauer

born in 1931, died in 2018, studied German and English language and literature as well as performance of old music. She is a writer, editor and translator of numerous cultural-historic texts and books on classical music.

Von der Geschichte der Hauskatze handelt dieses ebenso bemerkenswerte wie hervorragend geschriebene Buch. Hat man es gelesen, wird klar, warum sich die Katze ein so hohes Maß an Selbständigkeit bewahrt hat. Dass die Autorin eine Katzenfreundin ist, lässt sich bei einem Katzenbuch voraussetzen. Aber dass es ihr gelang, die Katze in so eleganter Weise in die Kulturgeschichte des Abendlandes einzubinden, zeichnet die 80-jährige Autorin in besonderer Weise aus. Man möchte fast sagen: Schade, dass die Katzen nicht lesen können, was da über sie geschrieben worden ist!
Josef H. Reichholf, Mitteilungen der Zoologischen Gesellschaft Braunau

Diese Kulturgeschichte der Katze ist nicht nur ein äußerst amüsant und unterhaltsames Buch, es ist gleichzeitig voller wertvoller Informationen, die unser Bild von der Katze entzaubern und entstauben. Für alle Liebhaber unseres liebsten Haustieres ein absolutes Muss!

... interessanter Lesestoff, der anschmiegsam wie die Katzen ist.

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