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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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Mahmoud Bassiouni

Human Rights Between Universality and Islamic Legitimacy

Human rights are caught in a normative area of dispute in contemporary Islamic discourse. On the one hand, they have to be legitimised by Islam, i.e. ankered in Islamic legal thought; on the other, they have to be adaptable to a universal consensus.

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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), Poland (Czarne)

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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Hans Blumenberg

The Rigorism of Truth

»Moses the Egyptian« is an essay by Hans Blumenberg, in which he engages with two of the defining thinkers of the 20th Century: Sigmund Freud and Hannah Arendt. Written at the end of the 1980s and preserved in a folder marked »Forbidden Fragments«, the essay is one of the most spectacular texts in Blumenberg’s posthumous œuvre.

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Karl Heinz Bohrer

The Appearance of Dionysus

Has Dionysus only become Dionysian in the course of modernity? Dionysus, son of Zeus, god of ecstasy, has been ascribed many characteristics. But only one of them discerns him from all the other gods: his sudden »appearance«, that mysterious eventfulness that is connected to his entrance and which was already thematised in the Greek texts. In his new book, Karl Heinz Bohrer explores the traces of this Dionysian feature and shows how it has been detached from the myth successively and became the token of romantic-modern literature and philosophy after 1800.

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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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English world rights (HarperCollins US), Spanish world rights (Literatura Random House), Catalan (Edicions des Periscopi), France (Christian Bourgois Éditeur; Paperback sublicense: Gallimard Folio), Italy (Marsilio), Netherlands (Lebowski / Dutch Media Group), Denmark (People's Press), Norway (Bokvennen), Poland (Jagiellonian UP), Croatia (Oceanmore)

Hauke Brunkhorst

The Two Faces 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)

Christoph Dallach

Future Sounds

West-Germany, around 1968. As everywhere in the rest of the world, here too a young generation is pressing for radical change. Many flood from the lecture halls onto the street, some into the political underground. And some, on the search for the soundtrack of the movement, into the rehearsal rooms under ground.

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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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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook rights (Der Hörverlag), German Entire Radio Reading (HR), German Book Club (Büchergilde Gutenberg)

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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Valerie Fritsch

Winter's Garden

Winter’s Garden is the second novel from young photographer Valerie Fritsch. The story is divided into three parts, the characters have been reduced to a minimum, the voice is neutral, prosaic, but the images are full of an arresting poetry.

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Spanish world rights (Alianza), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij)

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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France (Piranha), Italy (Atmosphere libri), Netherlands (Dutch Media Group / The House of Books)

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Peter Handke

The Innocent, Me and the Unknown Woman by the Side of the Road

The time frame, in which the new play by Peter Handke is set, is clearly denoted: it spans over »four seasons«. The place: a country road, a »common country road«? The protagonists: »I«, who is seated by the side of this country road. And who can transform from a dramatic player into an epic narrator.

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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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Andreas Heinz

The Concept of Mental Disorders

The revision of pivotal handbooks for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders stimulated lively discussions on how long a person may grieve after the death of a close relative without being diagnosed with clinical depression.

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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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