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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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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Eterna Cadencia)

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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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Hörbuch Hamburg), German Entire Radio Readings (HR and BR)

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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English world rights (And Other Stories), Arabic world rights (Al-Arabi), Italy (La Nuova Frontiera), Poland (Czarne), Czech Republic (Reporter Magazin)

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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English world rights (Cornell UP)

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), Czech Republic (Odeon), 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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Sigrid Damm

»Summer rain of love«

Goethe’s letters to Charlotte von Stein are some of the most beautiful examples of world literature. They are intimate documents of Goethe’s first decade at Weimar, which, during his lifetime, was shrouded in silence.

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Hans Peter Duerr

The Dark Night of the Soul

Near-death experiences and journeys of the soul have been labelled the biggest unsolved mystery of the sciences of consciousness. And indeed: so far, all philosophical, neurological or psychiatric-psychological attempts of explanation have failed.

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einzlkind

Billy

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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Italy (nottetempo)
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), Catalan rights (Edicions 62), Italy (Einaudi)

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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English edition forthcoming

Daniel Martin Feige

Computer Games

Ever since the beginning of the new millennium, the computer game has enforced itself as a relevant aesthetic medium in our society. Its recognition as an aesthetic and artistic phenomenon, however, raises the question of its corresponding characteristics.

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Max Frisch

Ignorance as State Security?

In his final typescript, in a deeply personal way and in a novel literary form, Max Frisch engaged with the national scandal that rocked Switzerland in 1989 and 1990: almost a million Swiss citizens had been under State surveillance during the Cold War. On individualised index cards or »fiches« the Attorney General’s Office created a chronicle of suspicion, whose grotesque banality served only to exacerbate the scandal.

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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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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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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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