The second in the von Igelfeld trilogy and the funniest and most memorable. I love the central character in this book - in some ways he's quite unlikeable but written with a lot of sympathy.
All three of the books in the series (also published together as "The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom") are a series of little adventures of three German professors Linguistics. This one works particularly well because of the way it all ties up at the end.
A brief, madcap romp around the world--travel is not a desire of the main character. Its style reminded me of P.G. Wodehouse, and so did its hilarity--which comes at every turn.