ABOUT THE BOOK
‘Empty Forest’ is about a woman called Emma Hauck who was committed to a psychiatric hospital in Heidelberg (Germany) in 1909. She was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. 11 years later she would pass away at the age of 42. Around that time a collection of letters was found in the archives of the Heidelberg hospital. All of these letters were written to her husband Michael, begging him to collect her. Each letter is written with overlapping words. Some are so condensed as to be illegible. Some read “herzensschatzi komm’ (darling come) over and over; others only repeat the words, ‘komm, komm, komm’ (come) thousands of times.
The letters were never sent…