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Jurek Becker

Jacob the Liar

By chance Jacob Heym has learned that the Red Army is only a few hundred kilometers away. And now he has told all the others who are locked into the Ghetto of a Polish city with him and who have lost almost all hope. So that the others believe him, Jacob says that he is in possession of a radio. Now they all come to him for the latest news and a little bit of encouragement, the strength to resist a little while longer in a world in which the Germans are systematically exterminating the Jews. And so he becomes Jacob the Liar: he lies in order to give people hope again and the strength to go on.

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USA (Arcade - published, rights reverted), UK (Pan Books), Spanish world rights (Destino - published, rights reverted), Catalan rights (Edicions de 1984), Chinese Simplex rights (Yilin - published, rights reverted), Chinese Complex rights (Yuan-Liou), Russia (Text - published, rights reverted),  Brazilian Portuguese rights (Companhia das Letras), France (Grasset), Italy (Feltrinelli - published, rights reverted), Netherlands (Van Gennep - published, rights reverted), Sweden (Norstedts - published, rights reverted) Norway (Solum - published, rights reverted), Finland (Tammi - published, rights reverted), Korea (Munhakdongne), Japan (Dogakusha - published, rights reverted), Hungary (Kriterion - published, rights reverted), Romania (Editura Dacia - published, rights reverted) Estonia (Eesti Raamat - published, rights reverted), Serbia (Matica Srpska - published, rights reverted), Slovenia (Hermagoras - published, rights reverted), Turkey (Ayrinti - published, rights reverted), Greece (Patakis - published, rights reverted), Macedonia (Goten), Georgia (Intelekti)

Louis Begley

Matters of Honor

At the beginning of the 1950s, three disparate young men are thrown together as roommates at Harvard College: Henry White, a Polish-Jewish refugee who survived World War II by hiding in Poland; Archibald P. Palmer III, an Army brat; and Sam Standish, ostensibly the scion of a fine New England family, who has just learned that he was adopted at birth by parents he cannot respect.

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Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Editions du Rocher)

Louis Begley

Wartime Lies

Winner of the PEN / Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for a First Work of Fiction and the Irish Times-Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize

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Louis Begley

The Man who was late

A man without a country or family, a Holocaust survivor, Ben long ago left the wreckage of Europe and recreated himself as a brilliant financier. Connected to the world by virtue of his globe-trotting deals, a few acquaintances, and his impeccable charm, Ben rejects the comforts of love. 

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Louis Begley

Mistler´s Exit

A self-made New Yorker well into his middle age, Thomas Mistler has long been a lion of Madison Avenue's powerful advertising world. Now, poised to sell his company for a luxurious sum, Mistler receives alarming news: He has only months to live. But his reaction is not what one would expect.

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Russia (Wydawnictwo Moskva), Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Grasset), Poland (Pokolenie)

Louis Begley

Shipwreck

John North, a prize-winning American writer, has always been faithful to his wife, Lydia, but when one of his novels achieves a special success, he allows himself a dalliance with Léa, a starstruck young journalist.  

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Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras)

Louis Begley

About Schmidt

Proud, traditional, and impeccably organized, Albert Schmidt is a buttoned-down lawyer of the old school. But now, after years of careful management, his life is slowly unraveling.

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Louis Begley

Schmidt Delivered

Recently widowed, Albert Schmidt has triumphantly rediscovered domestic bliss in the Hamptons with Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress who is younger than his daughter. Schmidt is content with keeping his own hours and steering his own course, even as he becomes entertained – and increasingly ensnared – by the odd billionaire Michael Mansour.

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Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Grasset)

Louis Begley

Schmidt Steps Back

When we last saw Albert Schmidt Esq. (‘Schmidtie’ to all near and dear), he had been expelled from paradise: his love Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress forty years his junior, had taken up with a blond giant nearer her age and possibly the father of her baby – assuming it isn’t Schmidt.

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Louis Begley

As Max saw it

»The time is 1974, and Max, who is fleeing from the wreckage of his first marriage, is a summer-house guest on Lake Como, where he encounters the two characters who will shape his life over the next 20 years: Charlie Swan, a Harvard classmate from the 1950s turned famous architect […] and Toby, a poised and polymorphous teenager who is soon to become Charlie's protege and lover.« Time

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Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Grasset), Italy (Bompiani), Netherlands (Balans), Poland (NOWA)

Ruth Johanna Benrath

Grass Eyelashes

In gripping, quickly interchanging scenes, Ruth Johanna Benrath tells the story of a wish for intimacy and love, and the fatal effect of dependence and submissiveness: the story of a young woman who becomes more and more alien to the very person she feels closest to.

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Ulla Berkéwicz

Survivience

Survivience is a book that crosses through death, subjectively and radically. »My only fear now is the fear of forgetting.«

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Italy (Elliot)

Ulla Berkéwicz

I Know That You Know

Ulla Berkéwicz's latest work is simultaneously a tale of love and longing and a spy-novel about Islamic and Jewish fundamentalism - an engaging account of two people trying to defend their love against apparently overpowering politics.

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English world rights (Oolichan Books), Russia (Text Publishing - published, rights reverted)

Ulla Berkéwicz

Zimzum

Zimzum concerns the observations of a woman in the nineties on the emptiness of our time and on powerlessness in the face of the everyday. It tells of sexual fantasy, of traumatic experience of violence, about the fact that everything is possible and nothing works any more.

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Thomas Bernhard

The Public Bernhard

This edition presents the first comprehensive collection of all texts that Thomas Bernhard wrote for publication in the media between 1950 and 1989 – from his court reports from Salzburg in the fifties to the tirades against God and the rest of the world published in the sixties and seventies, to the interviews about his play Heldenplatz conducted shortly before his death.

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Thomas Bernhard

Goethe schtirbt

Thomas Bernhard did not live to see these stories published in book-form: he was too preoccupied with his monumental novel Auslöschung and the play Heldenplatz and the ensuing scandal to see it through to completion.

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Thomas Bernhard

My Prizes

This hitherto unpublished comedic work shows Bernhard at the very top of his art: invective, flabbergasted, swearing and ridiculing. Thomas Bernhard quarrels with the world in general, the cultural world in particular, and most especially, with himself.

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Roof Music)
 

Thomas Bernhard

On the Trail of the Truth

Thomas Bernhard and the public sphere: scarcely a single utterance that didn’t provoke a scandal. This volume presents a selection of Bernhard’s most important pieces of journalism, letters to the editor, public statements and portentous interviews, which for the most part have never before been available in book-form.

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Spanish world rights (Alianza), France (Gallimard), Italy (Adelphi), Czech Republic (Prostor), Turkey (Yapi Kredi)

Thomas Bernhard

Frost

A young medical student accepts an assignment to monitor the painter Strauch who has withdrawn to the mountain village of Weng. He dutifully records Strauch’s monologues and visions in his notes until he realizes that this encounter, which he had believed he would be able to handle, has begun to overwhelm him completely.

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Thomas Bernhard

Gargoyles

The playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard was one of the most widely translated and admired writers of his generation, winner of the three most coveted literary prizes in Germany. Gargoyles, one of his earliest novels, is a singular, surreal study of the nature of humanity.

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