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Felix Ackermann

My Lithuanian Driving License

What is holding Europe together? What have Lithuanians done over the last quarter of a century with their recently won freedom? And how does the European Union function at the furthest reaches of its eastern borders? Rather than examining these questions theoretically, in 2011 Felix Ackermann left Berlin with his family in order to become a guest scholar at a Belarusian university in exile in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. There his children learnt Lithuanian and became good little patriots. His wife gave birth to a daughter who was immediately given a Lithuanian identification number. And Felix Ackermann finally managed to get his driving license in a little town called Utena.

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Friedrich Ani

Killing Happiness - Novel

Happiness is extinguished completely when 11-year-old Lennard Grabbe doesn’t come home one night during the cold November days in Munich. 34 days later, he is found the victim of a murderer. Former Detective Chief Superintendent Jakob Franck, protagonist of Ani’s previous novel Day Without a Name, delivers the most horrible news of all to the parents – and so, happiness disappears from their house. And so does the happiness of other people connected to Lennard.

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Ingeborg Bachmann

The Book Goldmann

The Book Goldmann is the name Ingeborg Bachmann gave to her great narrative project, which she cherished until the end. This edition renders the previously only fragmentarily available work recognizable as a project of redemptive narration. The Book Goldmann deals with the various aspects of indiscretion, including misunderstood indiscretion that leaves the other alone in his distress. Half a century after Hofmannsthal, Bachmann discovers a social medium in the somewhat indiscrete Viennese conversation, which could have prevented the worst: Fanny Goldmann’s death.

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Ingeborg Bachmann

Male Oscuro

Ingeborg Bachmann’s dream notes, correspondence drafts and records from the time of her illness are of great literary interest as the primary elements of the subsequent Todesarten-texts. In addition, these writings are apt to further our knowledge about her illness and the phenomenon of illness itself. They are outrageous, courageous in their analytic approach, defeated by the knowledge of the incurable – and at the same time they are filled with the passionate desire to escape the illness and find a cure.

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Werner Bartens

Happy Together

From best-selling author Werner Bartens (over 150,000 copies of »What Keeps Couples Together« sold, 127,000 copies of »The Book for People Who Hate Doctors« and 111,000 copies of »A Happy Body«) Anyone can fall in love. There’s not all that much to early infatuation. However, not only maintaining a long-term relationship in spite of familiarisation, getting annoyed and gaining weight but actually enjoying it and enriching each other, that requires a whole lot more. Renowned doctor and scientific journalist Dr. Werner Bartens shows us how to have a successful long-term relationship and why being together with another person is worth it for many reasons. For a long time now we have known that a loving relationship helps us stay healthy.

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Georg Baselitz, Alexander Kluge

World-changing Rage

Rage and obstinacy are closely related. In the work of Georg Baselitz and Alexander Kluge they are fundamental categories. Rage is dynamic: it can grow and suddenly erupt into flaming protests, revolts, revolutions, and war. Within the figure of the hero its energies are concentrated. In this book Georg Baselitz and Alexander Kluge compare the melancholically inclined figure of the occidental hero (and its deconstruction) to the very different ethos of the Japanese hero, the »Antipodean«.

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Zoë Beck

The Supplier

London, in the not too distant future: A drug dealer is floating down the Thames – dead. A protection racketeer disappears without a trace. And Ellie Johnson is certain that she is in danger too.

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Barbara Beuys

Maria Sibylla Merian

In an exciting and knowledgeable way, Barbara Beuys’s new book recounts the extraordinary life of a woman in the 17th century who was a confident artist pioneering in the natural sciences. Her passion for caterpillars and their transformation into butterflies led her to the tropical rainforests of South America in 1699.

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Marcel Beyer

The Century that Cried itself Blind

Considering this current moment of great change as well as the 20th century when death became a master from Germany, is literature still possible? Does it still have a reason for being in a post-Auschwitz world where all cultural production can only be an expression of barbarism? Or is literature necessary, indeed indispensible, precisely because of such atrocities? Which methods must such a literature use? The 2016 Georg Büchner Prize-winning writer examines these questions and more in his poetic explorations and has a succinct and far-reaching answer at hand: through the fine-tuning of the material of reality like literature.

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Hans Blumenberg

Writings on Literature 1945-1958

Long awaited and now available from the estate: Hans Blumenberg’s reviews, talks and lectures on international literature: Dostoyevsky, Sartre, Greene, Kafka, Jünger, Faulkner, Robbe-Grillet and many others.

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Karl Heinz Bohrer

Now

Karl Heinz Bohrer is one of Germany’s most pugnacious intellectuals. The steadfast expectation that the banal present will turn into the fantastical now – this is what drives Karl Heinz Bohrer’s autobiographical, adventure-filled story. Spanning more than five decades and unfolding through nine chapters, his story plays out in various locales: in European cities like London and Paris, at German and American universities, on essayistic as well as scientific terrain. And ever and again upon the stage of relationships: with women, with friends, with colleagues and adversaries, this is as much of an intellectual adventure as it is an empirical examination of the erotic.

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Szilárd Borbély

Kafka’s Son

Szilárd Borbély, whose debut novel »The Dispossesed« was a literary sensation in Hungary, Germany and many other countries, wanted to dedicate his next major work to Franz Kafka. This collection of fragmentary texts (which come from his estate and were intended for publication) draws its intensity from the author’s passionate search for self and voice.

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Emma Braslavsky

Life Is No Way to Treat an Animal

»This story is true. Any resemblance to persons living or dead are no coincidence. Should you recognise yourself within them, be a good sport or direct your complaints to the good Lord.«   Jo, a selfish pseudo-idealist in her mid-thirties, and Jivan, a self-righteous Chauvinist with a serious gambling problem in his mid-forties, find themselves in a relationship contest whose aim it is to determine which of them has more pull and decides the direction in which they should be heading. All the while, Jivan falls victim to his father’s will and his own cowardly self-deception.

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Fritz Breithaupt

The Dark Sides of Empathy

Empathy is considered the basis of moral action. But if we examine this more carefully, the ability to »empathize with other people« proves itself to be a prerequisite for deliberate humiliation and cruelty. Additionally, even well-meaning compassion has many unintended consequences. It is for these reasons that we must investigate especially the dark, hitherto repressed aspects of empathy in order to achieve a better society.

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Simone Buchholz

Beton Rouge

Chastity Riley is chasing a madman. Or at least that’s what it seems like. Because who else would lock high-ranking executives in a cage in the middle of Hamburg? And so Chastity experiences one of the rare occasions where her bosses stop trying to rein her in and confine her to the tediousness that is her desk. Her investigations take her into the world of publishing and the institutions that form elites. And all the while her friends are driving her crazy, because of all people it’s those that usually give her support who suddenly prove to be a fickle bunch.

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Nina Bußmann

Earth’s Mantle is Hot and Partially Molten

On a clear day in the Caribbean a propeller plane with the 32-year-old seismologist Nelly on board suddenly disappears from the radar. After months of searching, pieces of wreckage are found in the jungles of Nicaragua. But of Nelly not a trace remains. At home in Frankfurt, her girlfriend cannot get over her disappearance. She travels to Managua, settles into Nelly’s old room, reads the notes and diaries she left behind and talks with the people who knew her there, driven by a strange obsession that seems to be keeping her from confronting a secret in her own life. And in this way, her search for Nelly steadily takes on the contours of escape.

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László Darvasi

Winter Morning

An entire orchestra dies tragically during a bus accident; sole survivor is the drummer, who sets about carrying out their task single-handedly: releasing patients of a psychiatric hospital from their individual insanity through the collective experience of music. A girl stands by the window and observes a couple kissing on the street, holding in her hand the stone with which she is planning to strike them.

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Eva Demski

I’ll Carry My Suitcase Myself

Despite the odds, a life which shouldn’t have been at all becomes colourful and exciting. Being a constant part of this life, farewells can be countered by encounters and stories though the feeling that this is all a game continues throughout unabated. Eva Demski gathers together others’ lives, those both known and unknown; leading lights of literature like Reich-Ranicki, Koeppen, Kempowski, and Rose Ausländer share their stories, but over and over again she also seeks out outsiders and finds them. She has her own dead poets society, too. Her early life in Regensburg is one of incense and cigarette smoke, then there’s the theatre, and becoming a young adult in politically instable times. These times become even more unstable, however, when her husband, a lawyer for the Red Army Faction, suddenly dies and the police become interested in her.

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Diedrich Diederichsen

Bodily Impacts

It’s only since the 1960s that the arts are dedicating themselves deliberately to technical recordings of sounds and images. Where there had only been slapstick and surrealism before, genres now pop up in great numbers. All the while, art criticism that still tries to divide films of the nouvelle vague, Cinema vérité, punk, hip-hop, heavy metal and minimalism, Fluxus, performance art, pop art, nouveau réalisme, Arte Povera, soul music and concept art along the lines of mere entertainment and serious art – dividing them into categories of either fine or popular art forms – proves itself to be stolid

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Ulrike Edschmid

A Man Who Falls

Summer 1986. Berlin-Charlottenburg. A man climbs up onto a ladder to paint the ceiling of a flat in a turn-of-the-century building he intends to move into with his partner. He loses his balance and falls. Afterwards, nothing at all is like it was. Little else could have shattered the life of two people at the beginning of their future together in such a brutal way. But what at first seems like an ending slowly turns into the exploration of an unknown continent: one’s own life.

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