The Emperor in Exile

Jan Bachmann

German, Edition Moderne, Zurich, 2021

After his defeat in World War I, Emperor Wilhelm must go into hiding, and finds refuge from another friendly noble family. Robbed of his traditional imperial agency, Wilhelm quickly cuts down the forest which surrounds the property, meanwhile the hostess – with a keen grasp for the historical magnitude of the events – composes the work «Der Kaiser im Exil». In a manner typical of Jan Bachmann, «Der Kaiser im Exil» interweaves quotes, historical traditions, and completely fictitious additions to a passionate and critical parody of the arrogance of the (formerly) powerful.

Der Kaiser im Exil
Edition Moderne, Zurich
Translation rights
Sarah Lapalu (eddy agency),
Publication date
ISBN 978-3-03731-217-9


Jan Bachmann

Jan Bachmann was born in Basel in 1986. He studied at the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie in Berlin. Between 2013 and 2015, he was member of a naturalist society in Brandenburg. His first comic book «Mühsam, Anarchist, in Anführungsstrichen» was published by Edition Moderne in 2018 and has been nominated for the Max und Moritz Award.

Photo: © Hannah Schurian