The Unobtainable "Wilder Mann"
In April of this year, I saw the National Geographic article on Charles Freger's book "Wilder Mann" which documents the ancient and still-thriving European practice of men dressing up in stunning costumes as "Wild Men" at various festivals and events. I have a deep interest in such subjects, and went to Amazon to check out how much the book cost. At that time it was 34.00. Well, I thought, I'll wait until I have a little more disposable income and order some other books along with it.
Big mistake. I checked for the book today and the cheapest copy I could find (in English) is about 450.00, with prices ranging to over 1,000.00. I almost started crying! The National Geographic article must have generated a frenzy for the book and all the new copies were sold out. And prices for existing copies are now sky high.
My only hope is to wait and see if there is a reprint.
There are some truly astonishing photos in this book and since many of you are probably like me and are not going to shell out hundreds of dollars for the book, I am directing you to the article here at National Geographic, and a collection of photos here.