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Siegfried Unseld

Goethe and His Publishers

»Goethe and His Publishers organizes for the first time the myriad details of Goethe's career in print. Director of the German publishing company Suhrkamp Verlag, Siegfried Unseld brings a singular perspective to this biography, focusing our attention on an essential component of Goethe's literary endeavors: his relationship to his publishers.

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Kevin Vennemann

Mara Kogoj

Vennemann’s first novel, Nahe Jedenew, a radical literary take on an anti-Semitic pogrom, was hailed as »the most beautiful sad story« (Die Zeit) and »the best literary text by an under-30-year-old to appear in recent years« (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

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Kevin Vennemann

Close to Jedenew

Close to Jedenew, a place in their childhood, Anna, Marian and their friends play mother/father/baby and hide-&-seek; they build a tree-house where they are safe from danger. Summer by summer, childhood passes by.

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Martin Walser

Marriage in Philippsburg

»Out of Germany comes an impressive young novelist – Martin Walser – with this richly-detailed picture of postwar life in Philippsburg, a typical West German city. For ›marriage,‹ in Philippsburg, read love – in a variety of forms, including the adulterous and illicit.

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Martin Walser

Runaway Horse

»Helmut and Sabrina Halm have always managed vacations of lazy privacy in their favourite retreat on Germany’s Lake Constance. So when the energetic, handsome Klaus Buch turns up with his beautiful wife Hella, Helmut is quite ready to dismiss this dimly familiar acquaintance. But Klaus is overjoyed to recognise his old schoolmate Helmut, eager to recall every incident of their shared childhood, and to display every detail of his successful lifestyle as a thoroughly emancipated, thoroughly fit, author and environmental expert. The precious days of privacy give way to an unwanted and awkward intimacy, as the Buchs and Halms hike, dine and sail together. Their joint activities aggravate myriad psychological tensions among the four characters, which are all the more intensely ironic for their peaceful veneer, and which must eventually erupt. […] Runaway Horse is an extraordinary novella, that comprises at once the concision and wit of s short story and the grace, narrative intrigue and psychological complexity of a longer novel.« (Book description from the English edition by Secker & Warburg)

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Martin Walser

A Gushing Fountain

»[T]his masterful novel by one of the foremost figures of postwar German literature is an indelible portrait of Nazism slowly overtaking and poisoning a small town. Semiautobiographical, it is also a remarkably vivid account of a childhood fraught with troubles, yet full of remembered love and touched by miracle.

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Robert Walser

In the Office

Like the office satires of Melville, Gogol, or Kafka, Robert Walser’s short stories about office clerks, collected here for the first time, offer a similarly illuminating and exhilarating light on the working world.

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Robert Walser

The Assistant

Robert Walser is an overwhelmingly original author with many ardent fans: J.M. Coetzee (»dazzling«), Guy Davenport (»a very special kind of whimsical-serious-deep writer«), and Hermann Hesse (»If he had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place«). Charged with compassion, and an utterly unique radiance of vision, Walser is as Susan Sontag exclaimed »a truly wonderful, heart-breaking writer.«

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Robert Walser

The Tanners

»The Tanners, Robert Walser’s amazing 1907 novel of twenty chapters, is now presented in English for the very first time, by the award-winning translator Susan Bernofsky. Three brothers and a sister comprise the Tanner family – Simon, Kaspar, Klaus, and Hedwig: their wanderings, meetings, separations, quarrels, romances, employment and lack of employment over the course of a year or two are the threads from which Walser weaves his airy, strange and brightly gorgeous fabric.

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Robert Walser

Jakob von Gunten

»The Swiss writer Robert Walser is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature. Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, Walser wrote a range of short stories, essays, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest.

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Robert Walser

The Walk

A pseudo-biographical »stroll« through town and countryside rife with philosophic musings, The Walk has been hailed as the masterpiece of Walser's short prose. Walking features heavily in his writing, but nowhere else is it as elegantly considered. Without walking, »I would be dead,« Walser explains, »and my profession, which I love passionately, would be destroyed. Because it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker.« (from the book description of the US edition by New Direction Books)  

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Peter Weiss

Leavetaking

A brilliant, brutally honest autobiographical novel, from one of the great artistic polymaths of the 20th century.

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Peter Weiss

The Aesthetics of Resistance

The three-volume novel The Aesthetics of Resistance is the crowning achievement of Peter Weiss, the internationally renowned dramatist best known for his play Marat/Sade. The first volume was initially published in Germany in 1975; the third and final volume appeared in 1981, just six months before Weiss’s death.

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Peter Weiss

The Investigation

Between December 1963 and August 1965, the Auschwitz trial was held in Frankurt/Main. In it, the ones responsible for the functioning of the machinery of annihilation stood in front of a tribunal.

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Peter Weiss

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat

Peter Weiss’s play keeps close to historical facts and is founded on authentic material, but remains as far from a historical play as possible. Life and death of Jean Paul Marat are depicted as a game inside the game, as theatre inside the theatre, thirteen years after his death in the asylum of Charenton.

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Josef Winkler

Domra

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Josef Winkler

The Graveyard of Bitter Oranges

In this novel, it’s evident that Winkler hopes to never stop chasing the fear that keeps him alive. In southern Italy, where Catholic roots run deep, a deceased Carinthian altar boy collects ghastly, horrifying, caustic and ironic stories about death and other strange fates.

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Josef Winkler

I'm going to pluck one of my eyelashes out and stab you to death with it

»Travelling in order to become homeless«, writes Henri Michaux. When Josef Winkler was writing his novels about his Austrian region of Carinthia, the author repeatedly journeyed to Italy, and later to India and Mexico. He always took along stories by other writers, and inserted short quotes from them as insets in his poetological reports.

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Josef Winkler

Der Leibeigene

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