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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)

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)

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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Billy enjoys a sheltered childhood in his aunt and uncle’s family in Duffmore, a small town in Scotland. His hippie parents have split from the world with an overdose shortly after his birth. From them, he inherited his love for music: for the Beatles, the Ramones, Joy Division. From his uncle, on the other hand, he receives the love for philosophy.

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Hörbuch Hamburg)

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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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Anagrama)

Rüdiger Esch

Electri_City – Electronic Music from Düsseldorf

Just as Memphis is for rock 'n' roll, Düsseldorf is regarded as the Mecca of electronic music. It’s where Kraftwerk worked on classics such as »Autobahn« and »Wir sind die Roboter« in the Kling Klang Studio. It’s also where DAF fried their sequencers. Chart successes like »Das Model« or »Dr. Mabuse« as well as underground hits such as »Der Mussolini« and »Wahre Arbeit – Wahrer Lohn« made Düsseldorf famous overnight.

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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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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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Peter Handke, Thomas Oberender

Side Entrance or Main Entrance?

Peter Handke and Thomas Oberender recount the impressive history of Handke’s oeuvre in theatre, a life’s work that is incomparable »in regards to formal beauty and brilliant reflection«, as the jury declares in its explanatory statement for bestowing the International Ibsen Award 2014 upon Handke. Oberender asks as one with profound expertise in matters of the stage and as a sensitive reader; he provides prompts for an inspiring dialogue on Handke’s literary influences, on developments and continuities in the work of this great epic poet of contemporary theatre.

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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


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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France (L'Arche)

Sebastian Knell

Conquering Time

Biologists have been tracing the mechanisms of ageing for a long time, and some of them claim that, in the future, science will enable us to slow down ageing processes and thus increase the human life span considerably, maybe even to the point of biological immortality.

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Christian Lehnert


If you wanted to ascribe a style to Christian Lehnert’s poetry, it would most likely be that of the metaphysical poetry. In that way, his poems claim a unique position in contemporary German poetry; following the examples of poets like John Donne, Shakespeare of George Herbert, his influences stem mostly from the Anglo-Saxon tradition of poetry.

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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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