Karl May is best known for his novels, wherein his greatest heroes, Winnetou and Hajji Halef Omar, are prominently featured. In “Imaginary Journeys I” and II, fifteen each of Karl May’s short stories are presented. This volume now offers the reader seven of May’s novellas, writings in length between novels and short stories.
As in his short stories and these novellas, Winnetou and Hajji Halef Omar make their appearances in numerous adventures. These take place in the Wild West, Egypt, Iraq and at the Turkish-Persian border. Captain Frick Turnerstick, another of May’s sidekicks, makes his appearance in an adventure playing in China.
As in many of the aforementioned short stories, here too, in Layla/Leilet and Old Firehand, this prolific author did not use his well-known noms de guerre, Kara ben Nemsi and Old Shatterhand, nevertheless, all characteristics ascribed to these protagonist match those of his heroes and are told in the personal form.