It has now been almost 70 years since humans stood on the highest mountain in the world for the first time: On May 29, 1953, the New Zealander Edmund Hillary and the Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest (8848 meters). But the historical achievement still occupies artists all over the world – such as the Indian children's book author Uma Krishnaswami.

Bernd Steinle

Editor in the "Germany and the World" department.

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The award-winning writer, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, shows in her children's book "Two on Everest" (Tyrolia Verlag) how Hillary and Tenzing grew up, how they discovered their love for the mountains in their home countries, how this love drove them further and further up and how the lure of the highest peaks finally became so strong, that they fought their way as far as no human being had ever done before.

The British illustrator Christopher Corr, trained at the Royal College of Art in London, among others, designed colourful scenes for this career, which trace the first separate and then joint rise of the two step by step from the world of green pastures and meadows of their childhood to the frost-rigid ice and snow giants in the Himalayas. Corr was inspired by his own travels, which took him through the highest mountain range in the world, among other places.

The book, which is recommended from the age of four, concludes with the most important facts about Everest, the milestones of its ascent history, the culture and history of the Sherpas and the question of how climate change influences what happens there. It was translated from the original Canadian edition by the renowned German alpine author Jochen Hemmleb, who himself has been on Everest several times.

The British expedition of 1953, with which Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were successful on Mount Everest, is largely ignored in the book in favor of the personal stories of the two protagonists and the question of why they were willing to take on all the hardships, risks and dangers. But "Two on Everest" also shows that they could only achieve the big goal together – despite all their differences.