The Salty River

THE SALTY RIVER by Jan Bauer, translated by Judith Pattinson

Jan Bauer’s debut novel is a tender and unexpected love story set in a spectacular environment.

After a difficult break-up in his native Germany, Jan Bauer sets off for the Australian desert in search of himself. His 450 km journey takes him into the scorching hot centre of Australia. There he meets a fellow wanderer, the young French woman, Morgane. The two grow closer as step by step they traverse the tough and beautiful Larapinta trail’s dry and salty riverbeds.


 The Salty River is a delight – funny, heartfelt, generous.’ – Tony Birch (author of Blood and Shadowboxing)

‘Jan Bauer works black-and-white magic, inviting us on a journey through enormous landscapes, both geographical and emotional. A beautiful and intimate book.’ – Nicki Greenberg (creator of the graphic adaptations The Great Gatsby and Hamlet)

‘The best German debut of the year’ – Matthias Heine, Die Welt

‘Convincing honesty and charm’ – Christian Endres, Der Tagesspiegel

 About the author


Jan Bauer is a graphic novelist from Hamburg, Germany. When not walking the desert or drawing comics Jan works as a freelance animation artist and illustrator. He has taught at Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, and currently teaches at the Berliner Technische Kunstschule, Hamburg.

The Salty River is Bauer’s first graphic novel, the first German graphic novel to be published in Australia.

Watch Jan talk about the process of creating The Salty River.

Publication date: September 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9805937-2-3
Format: Paperback, 240 x 170mm
Extent: 240 pages
Price: AUS $30.00

Click here for a copy of The Salty River media release.

Reviews of The Salty River

The Adelaide Review

The Saturday Paper

The Sydney Morning Herald

Der Salzige Fluss in Der Tagesspiegel