To make German literature known abroad is one of the central tasks of the Goethe Institute. It is constantly inviting authors to foreign countries so as to present their work at readings, discussions, podium events and workshops. What, however, do they, the authors, bring back with them? Only the obligatory holiday snaps, or do their experiences abroad also flow into their work? Radio journalists from the Deutsche Welle looked into this question and interviewed eleven authors. The results are some surprising, fascinating and above all unvarnished comments.