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Theodor W. Adorno, Gershom Scholem

"The good Lord lives in the details"

»I really like him and we find that we have an awful lot to say to each other« Gershom Scholem wrote to Walter Benjamin in 1938. With »he« Scholem meant Theodor W. Adorno, the man whom Scholem had recently met in New York. It was to be the beginning of a 30-year-long amicable and intellectual relationship as well as the prelude to a correspondence of more than 200 letters, which impressively documents an entire epoch of German-Jewish intellectual history and is for the first time being published in its entirety.

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Wolfgang Bauer

Across the Sea

There is a humanitarian catastrophe happening in front of our eyes: The Syrian civil war continues to claim hundreds of lives. Millions of Syrians are fleeing, some of them risk the transit from Egypt to Europe by boat. Each year, hundreds of people die during this endeavour, making the Mediterranean the most dangerous sea boarder in the world.

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Italy (la nuova frontiera)

Detlef Bluhm

Ship’s cats

The map of the world today would look very different were it not for cats. Without them the great sea expeditions and voyages of discovery would never have been possible: on the weeklong trips across the Atlantic cats were a necessity, for they protected the food from rats and mice.

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Szilárd Borbély

The Dispossessed

When the shop owner Mózsi returns to his village from a forced labor camp, he no longer resembles a Jew at all. He will never again wear a black kaftan. Nor a white shirt. He does not even have any interest in learning where his articles have disappeared to: »The furniture had disappeared from the house, the books from the shelves, and compassion from our hearts.«

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Hauke Brunkhorst

The Double-face of Europe

The development of the EU is often described as the history of decline: a technocratic monster born from out of a visionary project. With the Euro crisis the hour of a collective Bonapartism seems to have arrived and seems to have taken over the continent through a regime of austerity. Hauke Brunkhorst offers another way of reading this: like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde he shows how vision and technocracy are related, how the EU’s utopian beginnings are still conserved within its laws, and how the European High Court does indeed strengthen citizens’ rights.

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Italy (MIM)

Sigrid Damm

Goethe’s Friends in Gotha and Weimar

»And now I bid all my friends in Weimar and Gotha a faithful farewell! Your love accompanies me, as I could not continue without it…«  Against a backdrop of wars and confusion, agreements and conflict between the neighboring courts of Gotha and Weimar, this book – based, as always, on Sigrid Damm’s meticulous research – reveals a largely unknown chapter of Goethe’s biography and freshens it up with exciting new color.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Tumult

An autobiographical reflection on a decade of tumult The Russian novel: the relationship with Maria Makarowa

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Gone!

What’s going on in Theresia’s grandparents’ house? More and more things continue to disappear in an inexplicable manner: from the corkscrew to an old radio with a magical eye to the massive oak buffet table – until the entire house goes up in flames. But has anything really disappeared or have people simply forgotten where those things have gone? Theresia follows events closely, at first as a guest of her steadily more unnerved grandparents, and then as a primary actor herself.

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Angelika Felenda

Iron Summer

June 1914: two shots are fired in Sarajevo and the world marches on toward the abyss. Franz Ferdinand, Austria-Hungary’s heir apparent, is dead. At the same time, Commissioner Reitmeyer has a difficult choice to make. He is tired of being the puppet of the Chief of Police.

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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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André Georgi

Tribunal

»Metal, glass, blood. All dead. Why am I still alive?«   In order to convict a war criminal and get justice for thousands of victims, Jasna Brandic is putting her life on the line. Her last hope is a man who himself has blood on his hands. She is faced with an impossible decision.

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Felix Hartlaub

From Hitler’s Berlin

Not only in his War Notebooks from Paris did Felix Hartlaub laconically detail the deformations of life that National Socialism brought in its wake. Already as a student in »Hitler’s Berlin« between the years of 1934 and 1938 he had refined his talent for revealing inconspicuous scenes of daily life, for showing how nothing at all was any longer how it had been.

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Eva Illouz

Israel

What is happening in a country where security is of such importance that a female physician is willing to take part in a conspiracy to commit murder because she is convinced that in doing so she will be defending that country? Would high-ranking Israeli politicians or military leaders be willing to protect a member of a minority against the suspicion of high treason? These are the types of questions Eva Illouz traces in her essays about Israel.

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Ulf K., Bertolt Brecht

Stories of Mr. Keuner

»Mr. K. was asked what he was working on. Mr. K. replied: ›I’m terribly busy – I’m preparing my next mistake.‹« This situation is typical of the Stories of Mr. Keuner: a simple, everyday question provokes a surprising, unusual answer.

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Lisa Kränzler

Lightcatcher

If the ball makes it into the basket, it means she loves me, Rufus thinks, picks it up, throws, and scores. The oracle was right, and he and Lilith become a couple.

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Stefan Kühl

Ordinary Organizations

Why were so many Germans willing to play an active role in the annihilation of the European Jews under the Nazis? This book takes a new explanatory approach with its theory of »ordinary organizations.« For the first time, sociological systems theory has been used to demonstrate how integration in an organization can induce people to do things that would be inconceivable to them outside of the organization.

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Nicolas Mahler

Lulu and the Black Square

In his brilliant new graphic novel Nicolas Mahler purges Frank Wedekind’s tragedies Earth Spirit und Pandora’s Box and creates a black comedy about the corporeality of women, the possessive mentality of men, and Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square.

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Stefan Müller-Doohm

Jürgen Habermas

The long anticipated first extensive biography of Germany‘s most influential intellectual. To be published for his 85th birthday. By the author of the renowned Adorno biography. »It is the capacity for enthusiasm and irritation that makes scholars into intellectuals.« Jürgen Habermas

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Katja Petrowskaja

Maybe Esther

Was her name really Esther, her great-grandmother on her father’s side, who stayed behind in the empty apartment in Kiev in 1941, after her family had fled? And the Yiddish words with which she trustingly addressed the German soldiers – who was there to hear them? And when the soldiers shot the old babushka, »with routine indifference« – who was standing at the window, watching?

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Alois Prinz

Teresa of Avila

»An important, unique, extremely human and attractive person,« Pope Paul VI called her when recognizing Teresa of Ávila as the first woman »Teacher of the Church« in 1970.

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