Original title: Die 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär (1998). Translated into English in 2000.
A unique novel set in a magnificently rendered imaginary country. Bluebear is a bear with blue fur and 27 lives, 13 1/2 of which he uses up by the end of the book, in a world as far removed from our own as can possibly be imagined – mysterious Zamonia. Captain Bluebear is a German cartoon hero, part sci-fi, part fairy-tale.
Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter and sculptor. He is the creator of the comic strips The Little Asshole and Adolf and the author of the cult bestseller The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear and A Wild Ride Through The Night. He lives in Hamburg.