An Epic Saga

Sepp’s Epic Perils & Pitfalls  

of an

International Hospitality Professional

The Sepp books describe ‘waiting on tables,’ preparing food, and ‘being of service to hotel guests.’ Sepp gets to deal with issues and non-issues, about money, sex, religion, apartheid, and many other common problems, like wars and refugees as well as addictions, and finally gets a tour into spiritual awakenings.

   The Sepp books are without a so-called super-hero. We have Sepp, an ordinary kid growing up slowly on planet earth. He is bright and stupid at the same time. Sepp has no special super powers, aside from a ‘Guardian Angel’ and the ’schmaltzy’ Walter fellow. Sepp’s trek doesn’t end until he finds what he always needed, and it may not be what he wanted. However, will Sepp ever find out the truth about Walter van Russbourg, his birth father, or maybe not?

Sepp’s Epic Perils & Pitfalls of an International Hospitality Professional takes us on a journey from the Sudeten Mountains to the West German American Zone, and provides a window into Sepp growing up in a 1950-60 Frankenland, before getting his professional education in the International Hospitality Industry during the 1960s. Here he works and earns his living in restaurants and hotels. Sepp develops a strong liking for alcohol and sex. Sepp witnesses how money plays a big role. The ones who have ample cash enjoy understating, while those who don’t have it, overstate by acting like being rich. Sepp spends many years in the Hansestadt before his travels and new job in Andalusia. And from here Sepp immigrates to South Africa. After working at the Indian Ocean’s shore he emigrates from Africa to the United States starting out in Kansas City and finally making his home among the Redwoods along the Pacific Ocean front of California.



by helmut schonwalder