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Friedrich Ani

Day Without a Name

Detective Chief Superintendent Jakob Franck has been retired for two months and feels that he can now start to lead a life in which he leaves behind the dead - until a case from his past catches up with him.

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English world rights (Seagull), Italy (Emons)

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Wolfgang Bauer

Stolen Girls

In the night from April 14th to April 15th 2014, members of the terrorist organization Boko Haram raided the small town of Chibok in the Northeastern part of Nigeria and abducted 276 young girls from the local boarding school. The event caused massive outrage across the globe. Under the hashtag »Bring Back Our Girls«, politicians, activists and celebrities from all around the world, among them First Lady Michelle Obama and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai, stood up to raise attention and lend their voices to those held captive.

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English world rights (The New Press), Italy (La Nuova Frontiera), Poland (Czarne), Czech Republic (Grada)

Gernot Böhme

Aesthetic Capitalism

When a new smartphone is released, queues of people form in front of the palatial shops in the early hours of the morning. This goes to show that nowadays it’s not only about the practical value of an article (i.e. that these devices allow us to make calls or surf the internet), but also about that which Gernot Böhme calls the »presentational value«.

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English world rights (MIM Edizioni)

Simone Buchholz

Blue Night

Due to an unfortunate incident where she convicted a superior of corruption and shot a gangster all at once, district attorney Chastity Riley has been transferred to victim protection and thus – officially been put in the backwater. Her private life doesn’t offer any consolation either: her formerly favourite colleague sets out, what with his midlife crisis and all, on his own personal vendetta, while her most faithful ally in the police department descends into the depths of his broken heart.

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Bernd Cailloux

Surabaya Gold

An officer of the mercantile marine becomes a drug mule out of marital affection, a businesswoman from Hamburg buys an airport and discovers her »hashgreen« thumb, an up and coming small scale dealer gets mixed up with the wrong people during a big coup with the wrong product, and two pensioners with very different backgrounds get together in a rehabilitation facility to watch the sunset smoking a nice spliff…

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Nothing but Money!

Every time Aunt Fé comes to visit, the rather ordinary daily life of the Federmann family is turned upside down. Elderly, jaunty Aunt Fé is a sly lady. She lead an adventurous life and wasn’t spared from inflation, inheritances and bankruptcies, has experienced poverty and squandering, exile and abundance. Now she is rich and lives alone in her villa next to Lake Geneva.

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Der Hörverlag)

Rainer Forst

Normativity and Power

An analysis of the social rules of justification

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English world rights (Oxford University Press)

Markus Gabriel

Mind und Existence

Since Kant and Frege, contemporary ontology has assumed that there is no (common) property to existence. In this way the old question as to the meaning of being had been reformulated in a different frame.

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Efrat Gal-Ed

No One’s Language

This biography of one of the most important Yiddish poets, the first comprehensive one worldwide, is extraordinary in form and content. The life story of Itzik Manger (1901 – 1969) becomes intertwined with a lively depiction of the Eastern European Yiddish-secular culture in between the World Wars. And appropriately, Gal-Ed’s textual alignment follows the page layout of the Talmud: with a narrative main text, images and explanatory side texts.

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Durs Grünbein

The Years at the Zoo

In this book full of stories, verse, and rare photographs, the poet Durs Grünbein presents himself in an autobiographical light. And yet he reaches further back to a time when the early contours of the twentieth century were just beginning to emerge.

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Sweden (Ersatz)

Anna Katharina Hahn

My Mother's Dress

Madrid in the summer of 2012: the repercussions of the latest economic crisis are blatantly obvious in the capital. The young woman Ana María, called Anita, belongs to the »lost generation« that is being denied every possibility of a self-determined existence. Her brother, with a PhD in German studies, has moved on to Berlin to make a living off construction work. Out of necessity, Anita has moved back into her childhood home.

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Peter Handke

Days and Works

In 2013, quietly and in solitude, Peter Handke celebrated his vocational anniversary: in June 1963 he became certain that »writing, taking notes, drawing connections, and leaving things disconnected would be a possible vocation for me«.

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Italy (Guanda)

Christoph Hein

Portrait of a Son With Father

What does Konstantin Boggosch, whom his mother described as child of fortune, owe to his father? In Christoph Hein’s new novel, which mobilises all the registers of his storytelling prowess and his historicaldiagnostic skills, the father is the driving force. But by no means in a positive sense: ever since his birth in 1945, the son, now growing up in the early days of the GDR, has been trying to get away from his war criminal father: psychologically, physically, professionally, geographically, even in his love life.

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France (Métailié), Italy (e/o), Denmark (Gyldendal), Bulgaria (Atlantis)

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Heinz Helle

Euphoria

A group of young men spends a weekend in a mountain cabin. When they return to the lowlands, they find devastated villages. The people are dead or have fled, houses and stores have been looted, and burnt-out cars line the streets. Left with no other option, they try to make their way back to their home town on foot. They function, as well as they can under the circumstances.

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English world rights (Serpent's Tail), Chinese simplex rights (People's Literature Publishing House), France (Piranha)

Axel Honneth

The Idea of Socialism

The idea of socialism, which for the past 150 years has provided the normative foundation and historical orientation for the dissatisfaction with the conditions of life under capitalism, seems now to have lost all its power of attraction. Despite growing discontent, it nevertheless seems all but impossible nowadays for anyone to take that idea as a basis for a form of life beyond capitalism.

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Andreas Izquierdo

Romeo & Romy

No job, no boyfriend, no prospects – it’s not with a rosy outlook on life that Romy arrives in her native village in the proverbial middle of nowhere. Being a failed actress, and surrounded by quirky pensioners, she devises a bold plan: she is going to transform the barn behind her house into an Elizabethan theatre. And stage Romeo and Juliet in it. With a motley crew of old-age pensioners as the cast.

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Turkey (Pegasus)

Gabriela Jaskulla

September Sea

A sailing boat in the storm, the sailors’ fight against the waves warily watched by the inhabitants of a small island in the Baltic Sea. Just another pair of inexperienced landlubbers that were clueless enough to venture out to sea during a storm like this! They have no idea that their tightly-knit group is about to be stirred up by the pair that is about to be shipwrecked on their island.

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Dževad Karahasan

The Solace of the Night Sky

In Isfahan, capital of the Seljuq Empire, a highly respected man dies unexpectedly. The son of the deceased demands an investigation into the circumstances of his father’s death. Court astronomer Omar Khayyam is part of this investigation. He comes to the conclusion that the man was poisoned. Still, he had tried to convince the mourning son that it would be better to remember the father as he had been, rather than calling his image into question by investigations. Now what are they supposed to do with the truth?

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Part 1: Macedonia (Templum)

Julia Kissina

Elephantina‘s Moscow Years

Gripped by the desire to lead the free life of an artist, young Elephantina follows her idol to the catacombs of Moscow. The red-faced poetry guru Pomidor, a man in the prime of his life, famous thinker of the avant-garde, has called her the »new Akhmatova«. Forget about provincial Kiev, about boring art school.

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Niklas Luhmann

The New Boss

Every organisation, as stolid as it may be, experiences a certain shock when a new manager or director is about to take over. Water cooler gossip increases, every advance in knowledge is used to score extra points, uncertainty fills the air. But even after the change has been completed, problems occurs, for instance when the one who is supposed to supervise »from above« has to be trained »from below«. In short: the relationship between superior and subordinate is complicated.

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Korea (Theorie Publishing)