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Zsófia Bán

When There Were Only Animals

Emigration, displacement, the brutal rupture that separates a life into a before and an after – these experiences form the centre of gravity around which the fifteen stories that make up this volume revolve.

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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

The World-Fixer

An elderly scholar, paralysed and hard of hearing, a philosopher and petty tyrant, who is set to receive an honorary doctorate for his barely comprehensible »Treatise for the Improvement of the World«, sits at home with his wife – his »necessary evil« – in anticipation of the conferral ceremony.

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Hans Blumenberg

Prefiguration

In response to a review of his important monograph, Work on Myth, on 20 July 1980 Hans Blumenberg wrote a letter to his reviewer, Götz Müller: »I always find it very difficult to respond to reviews. It is always too late. But I feel that you have put your finger on something. There is indeed a chapter missing from the book, which was part of the manuscript, but which had completely spoiled my taste for the rest of the book. So I withheld it. People are free to do with it as they please, once I am gone.«

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Volker Braun

Working Days 2

The first volume of Volker Braun’s working journal ended on the last day of the year 1989. The second encompasses the period between 1990 and 2008. The reader accompanies Braun through the years following the German reunification, becoming witness to the author’s intellectual and aesthetic creative process.

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Ann Cotten

The Quivering Fan

»… but as soon as the upper half of the eyelids close, a dangerous chaos begins.« »I had several lovers into whose eyes, like in tea bowls, I wanted to immerse myself every night.« The person thus speaking is not one to be impressed by emotions. But a sad student in a Pierrot costume catches her attention – and when he sits down on the steps in front of her one night, she takes him with her.

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Dietmar Dath

Feldeváye

For centuries there has been no art. It has been relegated to the past – made obsolete by technologies of possibility that people could not imagine when they still lived on Earth. Now they have settled many worlds and encountered many intelligent life forms.

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Eva Demski

Dead Alive

Dead Alive is a novel about love in a time of great political unrest. In sensitive but never sentimental prose, Eva Demski tells the story of a woman faced with the challenge of fathoming a life in death and of coming to terms with memories and doubts, mourning and loss in the process.

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Urs Faes

Summer in Brandenburg

Love in a time of darkness Two young people, not quite twenty years old: he, a gangly boy from Hamburg, middle-class upbringing, musical; she, with the dark eyes and the easy laugh, the daughter of a Viennese newspaperman. They meet, they work together, they fall in love – under unusual circumstances.

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Daniel Martin Feige

A Philosophy of Jazz

What is jazz? How does it differ from other types of music? And in how far does it constitute a compelling object for the study of aesthetic questions? This volume represents the first comprehensive philosophical investigation of jazz.

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Max Frisch

Selections from the Berlin Diary

The legendary Berlin Diary is one of the great treasures in Max Frisch’s posthumous papers. Frisch himself mandated that it not be published until twenty years after his death because of the »private matters« it contained. Now, for the first time, we are able to publish selections of the Diary.

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Czech Republic (Archa)

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Alissa Ganijewa

Mountain of the Feast

»It is no longer possible to describe my book as fantastic or anti-utopian. It is a work of realist literature, dealing with something that might very well have happened.« Alissa Ganieva, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The literary debut of a promising Russian author from an unknown country

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Gunther Geltinger

Moor

»The stork delivers all little babes – all except Dion, whom the moor made.« A novel about what we do to escape loneliness: about all the demands we make of love, even as we hurt those around us in a misguided attempt to bear our own suffering. It is linguistically powerful, visually evocative, bold – and it boasts a narrative voice learned from forces of nature, a voice literally extracted from the ground beneath the reader’s feet.

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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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Netherlands (Dutch Media Group / The House of Books)

Michael Hampe

The Teachings of Philosophy

What does philosophy want? Michael Hampe answers: it wants to teach and to educate. To this end it formulates assertions. Aristotle asserted that the world was eternal; Thomas Aquinas that it had been created. Descartes asserted that there were only two substances; Spinoza that there was just one. And so on. But what does it really mean to set out to teach others? And didn’t Socrates already question this project?

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Peter Handke

Versuch über den Pilznarren

In 2012, Peter Handke resumed his series of Versuche with his essay Versuch über den Stillen Ort (Essay on The Quite Place). Just one year later, he brings it to a close, definitively, he claims, with a fifth and final narrative essay, this time Versuch über den Pilznarren (Essay on The Mushroom Hunter). For its protagonist mushrooms are more than just a passion: they are the last adventure, the ultimate adventure.

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Heinz Helle

The Reassuring Sound of Exploding Kerosene

What happens: A philosopher fails in his attempt to make his theory of experience correspond to his actual experiences. A man fails in his attempt to love a woman. Someone succeeds in going to a bar and watching a football match.

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Axel Honneth

Vivisections of an Age

The term vivisection refers to an operation carried out on a living organism in order to understand its inner workings. In a sense, this is also a fitting description for the operations carried out by the theorists whom Axel Honneth portrays in this study: they dissect the flow of events in order to gain insights that can in turn be made productive for their theories.

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Wilhelm G. Jacobs

Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Johann Gottlieb Fichte is considered the father of German Idealism. His philosophy probes the very nature of knowledge and consciousness; hence he refers to his philosophy as a Wissenschaftslehre – a science of knowledge itself.

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Rahel Jaeggi

The Critique of Forms of Life

Can forms of life be subject to critique? Is it possible to say that a given form of life is good, successful, or even rational?

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