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Melinda Nadj Abonji

Tortoise Soldier

Zoltán Kertész, blue-eyed son of a »half gypsy« and a day labourer with constantly changing lovers, is the outsider of his little town in Serbia. When a child, he fell out of his father’s hands and off the back of a speeding motorcycle and later, unable to carry a sack of flour through a bakery quickly enough, the baker he was working for beat him bloody. Ever since he has suffered »a fluttering of the temples«, and is happiest sitting in his barn doing crossword puzzles. When the Yugoslavian civil war breaks out in 1991, his parents see it as his big chance: in the People’s Army the »good-for-nothing« and »idiot« will become a man and then a hero. But Zoltán doesn’t fit in, he asks the wrong questions and, on top of it all, stutters when he does. After his only friend’s collapse on a pointless training march turns out to be fatal, Zoltán refuses to play the game anymore with a system that has given all the power to the strongest.

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France (Métailié)

Hg.: Angelika Neuwirth

The Quran

Is the Quran a purely Islamic text and therefore foreign to us? Or is it not rather a new and unconventional voice in the concert of late antiquity debates in which the theological foundations of the Jewish and Christian religion were also laid down? It is not the Quran that must be reshaped as a result of new manuscript findings or with the help of linguistic experiments – it is our perspective of the Quran that needs to undergo a decisive change, if we wish to seek out its revolutionary originality.

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English world rights (Yale University Press)

Mareike Nieberding

When We Forgot How to Speak

Throughout her childhood and teenage years Mareike Nieberding would be picked up by her father no matter where she was, if she was drunk, or who she was with. From a party at one in the morning, at seven after a shift at the bar. Her father was her protector, her comforter, an incurable optimist. When she sits in front of him today she asks herself who this greying man with freckles really is, what he thinks and feels, whether he’s happy. At some point between then and now the two stopped getting to know each other. These days, once he’s picked her up from the train station and they’re on their way, they talk about neighbours and other acquaintances until all of a sudden they’re home, and silent. They don’t argue. They just have nothing to say to each other.

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Andreas Pflüger

Never

Imagine inheriting 2 billion Dollars. From your mortal enemy. Police officer Jenny Aaron, blinded during a failed mission in Barcelona years ago, has escaped death only barely after the worst thirty-six hours of her life and is looking for shelter with her father’s friend in Sweden. Aaron doesn’t know which way to go: She has the standing offer to re-join the Department, the secret elite unit she used to belong to before she lost her eye-sight. But at what cost? She clings to the hope of regaining her sight – without knowing whether that will remain nothing but a dream. Then Aaron receives a message that shatters all her dreams for the future: Her mortal enemy has left her an enormous fortune – behind which a gruesome secret is hiding. In order to be completely certain, she needs to go to Marrakech. And that’s where all hell breaks loose...

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Marion Poschmann

The Pine Islands

Gilbert Silvester, a lecturer and researcher on beard fashions in film, is in shock. The previous night he dreamt that his wife was cheating on him. In one sudden, irrational act he leaves her, gets on the first available plane, and flies to Japan in order to get some distance. Once there he comes across the travelogues of the classical poet Bashō. Suddenly Gilbert has a goal: like all wandering monks he too wants to see the moon over the pine islands. On the tradition-steeped pilgrims’ route he’ll be able to lose himself in nature and leave his inner turmoil behind. But before he even begins he meets the student Yosa, himself on the way with a completely different kind of guide: the Complete Manual of Suicide. Will Gilbert be able to talk Yosa out of his plan? And what metamorphoses will Gilbert the coffee drinker go through himself in the Land of Tea…?

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English world rights (Serpent’s Tail), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Estação Liberdade), France (Stock), Italy (Bompiani), Netherlands (Ambo|Anthos), Sweden (Norstedts), Czech Republic (Paseka)

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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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English world rights (Polity)

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 well-lived 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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English world rights (Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette Books)

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 (What We Gain As We Grow Older, more than 500.000 copies of the German edition sold) 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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Clemens J. Setz

Bot

Imagine you’re a famous writer and are asked to give an extensive interview. You’re expected to disclose information about your interests and intellectual preferences, about the premises and backgrounds, the motifs and topics of your large body of work. Imagine not being able to think of anything to say, nothing whatsoever, try as you might. Well, someone else has to talk about you then. But who is the right person for the job? Who possesses enough information about you and your books? In the case of writer Clemens J. Setz, there was an alternative.

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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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Jürgen Teipel

Our Unknown Family

»We do not know the make-up of this unknown family, which is composed of human beings and animals.« Walter Benjamin Animals think, animals feel, animals are inventive and have a complex inner life – and sometimes, they try and make themselves understood by us humans. Every now and then they succeed and those of us who have experienced this are not only changed forever, but also have a story to tell that has the potential to change the way we see the animal kingdom. Many people have related their extraordinary encounters to Ulrich Teipel – they are remarkable, surprising and moving stories: like the one about the squirrel that decides to climb up someone’s leg in a park, downright »adopts« them and won’t ever leave their side again, not even in the shower; or the seven-metre right whale calf that invites a diver to slide down its back; or the once wild cat that is so ecstatic about the return of its favourite humans that it dances with joy for days on end; or the terminally ill woman who found comfort in the empathetic company of a horse.

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