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Herbert Windolf

September 26th, 2009

herbertwindolfHerbert Windolf was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1936. In 1964 he emigrated to Canada with his family to provide his German employer with technical services for North America. In 1970 he was transferred to the United States and eventually became Managing Director, later Vice President, of the US affiliate. He has taught courses on scientific subjects at an adult education center, has written science essays and, widely traveled, miscellaneous travelogues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and, now retired, resides in Prescott, Arizona. He is the Vice President Emeritus of the Planetary Studies Foundation. An astronomer friend has named an asteroid after him. He has translated a number of literary works from German to English, his first being Karl May’s, “The Oil Prince”, published by Washington State University Press.

Karl May Translations


The Mahdi I – Karl May/Herbert Windolf

A Turkish trader befriends the narrator and invites him into his Cairo home where he uncovers a fake ghost, who turns out to be the leader of a powerful Muslim organization. The Turk then induces his guest to accompany him to the Sudan. Circumstances however force the narrator to travel ahead alone up the Nile […]

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Deadly Dust – Karl May/Herbert Windolf

Click on the Image to Buy this book The narrator, here for the first time called Old Shatterhand, is on his second trip through the Wild West, where he happens to meet the old frontiersman, Sans-Ear. Together, they foil an attack by a group of Sioux Ogallalla, joined by the rogue Morgan, scattering the losers. […]

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The Scout – Karl May/Herbert Windolf

The narratives Der Scout (The Scout), together with Deadly Dust are, in some sense, forerunners of the later Winnetou novels. This volume presents the translation named, The Scout. Karl May saw his narrative Der Scout published in the magazine ‘Deutscher Hausschatz’ (German Home Treasures) in 1888/89. Between 1881 and 1889, Karl May had successfully produced […]

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The Inca’s Legacy – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

The Inca’s Legacy takes the reader from the city of Buenos Aires on Argentina’s east coast and a more than exotic bull fight, through the Gran Chaco, a wilderness only second to Central Africa at Karl May’s time, to the Cordilleras in the west. In the course of their journey, the heroes deal with friendly […]

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Pacific Shores – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

Pacific Shores is a wide-ranging adventure series centered on the Pacific and Indian Oceans with side trips to Germany, Russia and Mongolia. The reader will find in this adventure novel May’s sidekicks, the Yankee captain Frick Turnerstick, and the English lord Sir John Raffley, both quite funny at times. May’s highly detailed description of Ceylon’s […]

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Imaginary Journeys III – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

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 […]

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Imaginary Journeys II – A Short Video

Get the Flash Player to see this content. This second volume of Karl May’s short stories offers seven more tales for your enjoyment. 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, […]

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Imaginary Journeys II – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

A solo-trip in 1889 took Karl May via the Near Orient and Ceylon all the way to Sumatra, Indonesia. Upon his return journey, he met his first wife and friends, another couple, in Egypt to travel there. Only towards the end of his life did he manage to visit the eastern part of the United […]

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Winnetou IV – A Short Video

Get the Flash Player to see this content. This is the final volume of the Winnetou saga. Karl May wrote this volume years after he had completed the Winnetou trilogy. This volume was translated by Herbert Windolf and Victor Epp transformed the work into an Audio Book. Here for your enjoyment is a short movie […]

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Winnetou IV – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

Karl May wrote Winnetou IV—his last Winnetou book—in 1909-1910 under the influence of his American journey in 1908. May and his wife Klara arrived by ship in New York, where they saw the Statue of Liberty, visited the Museum of Natural History and other places of interest. They continued their journey by boat up the […]

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Imaginary Journeys I – A Short Video

Get the Flash Player to see this content. Karl May never visited the locations he wrote about, but in his imagination, in his mind’s eye, this prolific writer roamed the globe! Except for Greenland, Australia and Antarctica, his many novels and short stories take place on every continent. He researched the locations very well, where […]

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Imaginary Journeys I – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

A solo-trip in 1889 took Karl May via the Near Orient and Ceylon all the way to Sumatra, Indonesia. On his return, he met his first wife and a couple of friends, in Egypt to travel there. Only towards the end of his life did he manage to visit the eastern part of the United […]

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The Son of the Bear Hunter – A Short Video

Get the Flash Player to see this content. Fat Jemmy and Long Davy come across the young Indian Wohkadeh. He is on a mission to report to Martin, the Son of the Bear Hunter, that his father has been captured by a Sioux band. He and his are to be sacrificed at the stake in […]

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The Son of the Bear Hunter – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

Fat Jemmy and Long Davy come across the young Indian Wohkadeh. He is on a mission to report to Martin, the Son of the Bear Hunter, that his father has been captured by a Sioux band. He and his are to be sacrificed at the stake in a valley at Yellowstone, where Old Shatterhand once […]

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Thoughts of Heaven – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

Many readers of Karl May are likely not aware that he also wrote quite a number of poems, most of which have been collected under the title Himmelsgedanken, Thoughts of Heaven. The majority of these poems are of an ethical-religious nature. It is peculiar that I, an agnostic leaning to the atheist side, became very […]

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The Ghost of Llano Estacado – A Short Video

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The Ghost of Llano Estacado – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

The Spanish name Llano Estacado, meaning Staked Plain, is part of the high plains of the United States, located west of today’s Lubbock, Texas. It covers an area of about 30,000 square miles, extending to the state of New Mexico. It is a strikingly flat and monotonous area at an elevation of between 3,000-4,000 feet. […]

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The Treasure of Silver Lake – A Short Video

Get the Flash Player to see this content. The Treasure of Silver Lake is a popular Karl May tale of mystery. It was Translated by into English by Harbert Windolf and will soon be transformed into an Audio Book by Victor Epp. Here for your enjoyment is a short movie clip.

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The Treasure of Silver Lake – Karl May / Herbert Windolf

Towards the end of the 19th century, there arose a uniquely European genre of stories about the American West, a frontier by then tamed from the general lawlessness that had prevailed in earlier decades. Influenced by James Fenimore Cooper’s novels dating from the first half of that century, Buffalo Bill Cody’s shows and other accounts, […]

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The Oil Prince – Washington State University Press

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