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Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen

Healing Through the Power of Nature

A passionate plea for a new medicine Though conventional medicine continues to marginalise naturopathy, our society has long made up its mind: two thirds of all patients want to be treated with natural medicine. Many physicians still believe that natural medicines are just home remedies without any scientific basis. »False,« says Andreas Michalsen, Professor at the Charité Hospital of Berlin: »Modern naturopathy does indeed have a scientific basis, and it is the only answer to the rising number of cases of chronic pain.« Ambitions to return to natural medicine and methods of healing can be observed in many areas of the world, and Andreas Michalsen is one of the pioneers combining traditional healing and modern research in an innovative way.

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Doron Rabinovici

Extraterrestrials – Novel

The news broadcast one morning by all stations is alarming: an extraterrestrial power has conquered the world overnight. Sol, co-founder of an online magazine, is immediately convinced by the validity of the news item, his wife Astrid is skeptical. After the first global panic has subsided, updates transpire: The aliens are docile; shyly, they avoid all contact; they bring prosperity and peace. There’s just one small catch – they are asking for humans volunteering to be sacrifices. Games are hosted all around in order to determine the chosen ones. Participants are promised huge financial advantages.

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Andreas Reckwitz

The Society of Singularities

The particular is the clincher and the unique is prized while the general and the standardised remain, on the contrary, rather unattractive. The average person with his or her average life is suspicious. The new measure of all things is the authentic subject with original interests and a carefully crafted biography, as well as unmistakable goods and events, communities and cities. Late modernity celebrates the singular.

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Martin Reichert

The Capsule

»Don’t give AIDS a chance« – almost every German will recognise the slogan of this 1987 campaign from the Federal Centre for Health Education. »Truvada« was the name of the wonder drug that was supposed to fulfil this call to arms. The capsule, which for some time had already been prescribed to those infected with HIV, in the meantime is also used for its prevention. What the majority of Germans remain unaware of, however, is the pain and isolation that many people had to experience prior to AIDS education and prevention as well as the development of effective medicines.

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Christoph Ribbat

Germany for a Season

Only one »foreigner« per team: in 1977 that’s the limit in the Federal Basketball League. The foreigner in Göttingen is named Wilbert Olinde and has just arrived from Los Angeles. The Germans are surprised by him, and he in turn is surprised by the Germans. He only intends to stay for a year. But then things turn out quite differently indeed.

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Thomas Rosenlöcher

»You Love Me, I Love You «

Eleven children’s and adult stories to be read aloud or just read – this a completely new genre for Thomas Rosenlöcher, the poet from Dresden, whose idylls never become trivial, because they are always lightly tinged with mystery.

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Beate Rössler

Autonomy

Naturally, we assume that we are all autonomous. And we think that a life in which we must do essential things against our will cannot be a successful one. But it is also true that numerous aspects of our lives are not chosen so freely. That is true for a number of our social relations as well as for all those situations we simply seem to stumble into. Everyday experience teaches us that we can by all means succeed at self-determination, but that we oftentimes also fail.

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Netherlands (Boom)

Sasha Marianna Salzmann

Beside Yourself

There’s the two of them, since the beginning, twins Alissa and Anton. In the small two-bedroom apartment in Moscow during the post-Soviet years, they dig their fingers into each other’s curls when their parents are fighting. Later, in the Western German countryside, they roam the hallways of the asylum home, steal cigarettes from other families’ rooms and smell their perfume bottles. And later still, when Alissa has already dropped out of her mathematics degree at university because it’s keeping her from her boxing training, Anton disappears without a trace. Eventually, a postcard arrives from Istanbul—no text, no return address. Alissa sets out on a search in the shimmering, torn city by the Bosporus and within her own family history—looking for her missing brother, but most of all, searching for the feeling of belonging that isn’t connected to one’s native country, mother tongue, or gender.

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Hg.: Friederike Schilbach

The Bathroom Chronicles.

Friederike Schilbach about »The Bathroom Chronicles«: Last spring, I visited a friend in Italy when I found the inspiration for this book. She lives in Monopoli, a little city in Puglia by the sea, in an apartment that used to belong to a captain. My friend renovated it herself, in a very gentle and thoughtful manner. Where once stood the fireplace where pulpo was grilled now stands the bathroom. When you step into the shower, you can look up a meter-long shaft – and like in a James Turrell artwork, see the open sky way above. I realized this bathroom resembles my friend in character. Both are airy, open, minimalistic, beautiful. Before I left, I asked my friend to send me a picture of her bathroom, for the memory. She did, and wrote a few lines about it. I went back to Berlin and asked some other friends to do the same. In the beginning, I thought of four or five. But day after day mails arrived, with photos and emotional stories about yucca palms, foreign travels, glamourous grandmothers and ex-boyfriends. Almost every one of these friends sent the task to another friend. Only a few months later, I had a collection of more than a hundred pictures of bathrooms and stories.

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Wilhelm Schmid

Giving And Receiving Gifts

Giving gifts is not as easy as it looks. People often ask themselves: What shall I give to whom and why? A few thoughts on the subject guarantee that giving can make both parties happy. The alternatives are panic purchases or awkward gifts.

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Turkey (Iletisim)

Wilhelm Schmid

Self-Acceptance

In his new book, Wilhelm Schmid builds on the reflections of his bestseller Gelassenheit and leads the way to genuine self-acceptance: The basis for equanimity is a friendly, reliable relationship with one’s own self. It substantiates self-confidence, which allows for a better dealing with oneself and others.

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Peter Sloterdijk

After God

In his epoch-making book Spheres, which describes globalization from its beginnings to its state at the end of the 20th century, Peter Sloterdijk characterizes God as the »ultimate source of insurance coverage«. This assumption common to all (monotheistic, at least) religions unleashes paradoxes that had devastating consequences from the Middle Ages to modernity: the fundamentalism that has been triumphing since the turn of the century is the worst repercussion.

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Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels

It is just under three hundred years ago that the gentle reader first heard of the adventurous travels of the surgeon and ship’s captain Lemuel Gulliver. With amazement, the reader learned of the thumb-high inhabitants of Lilliput’s craving for admiration, of the immoral hustle and bustle of the coarse giants of Brobdingnag and of the land of the noble Houyhnhnms and their greedy and mean servants, the shockingly familiar Yahoos.

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Philipp Ther

The Outsider

Flight and integration are extremely important themes at present. They are a major reason for the rise of right-wing populist parties and are threatening to divide the EU. However, a glimpse into the depths of history puts 2015’s »refugee crisis« into perspective. Since the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492, Europe has constantly been a continent of refugees.

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English world rights (Princeton University Press)

Anja Weiß

The Sociology of Global Inequalities

Sociology still believes in a world of strong national welfare states that are concerned for their citizens. Many people, however, live in areas of fragile statehood or in states which actively threaten them. Others wander between states or work for transnational companies.

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Hg.: Erdmut Wizisla

Benjamin and Brecht - Thinking in Extremes

On the occasion of an exhibition at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin the present volume collects essays and artistic commentaries (drawings, prints, photographs, montages), which cast bright light onto an extraordinary constellation. With texts from Minou Arjomand, Zoe Beloff, Barbara Hahn, Alexander Kluge, Bernd-Peter Lange, Thomas Martin, Ursula Marx, Frank M. Raddatz, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Kristin Schulz, Marcus Steinweg, B. K. Tragelehn, and Erdmut Wizisla as well as artistic contributions from Adam Broomberg/Oliver Chanarin, Edmund de Waal, Felix Martin Furtwängler, Mark Lammert, Jonas Maron, and Steffen Thiemann

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Serhij Zhadan

The Orphanage

The novel takes place in an urban environment in the southeast of Ukraine and is concerned with the more than three-year-long fight between the Ukrainian army and voluntary associations on the one side and pro-Russian separatists on the other. However, no underlying ideological accusations of guilt are dealt out. The book has to do with the pointlessness of war in the face of death, the physical and spiritual wounding of soldiers and civilians, and the destruction of both cities and the land itself. Despite all the disorientation this war brings out in those living in the region, in this novel the will to live is paramount.

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