The discreet charm of the lower intestine

The Germans have long been accused of an obsession with the more earthy aspects of life, and their current reading habits may just bear this out.

Riding high on Germany’s bestseller charts over the past year has been a book entitled “Darm mit charme” (charming bowels): a primer of all things bowel, from ingestion to defecation and everything in between.

The book has sold over a million copies in its home country and is out next week in translation from the Australian publisher Scribe.

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