On Berlin

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Klaus Bittermann

Furniture at Home, But No Money for Alcohol

Kreuzberg nights are longer than ever – and world-famous. When the young people of this neighbourhood in the centre of Berlin declare a bridge over the Landwehr canal to be a must-visit, even the New York Times takes notice.

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Bernd Cailloux

Allowed Losses

Bernd Cailloux looks back from the year 2005 to the 70s and 80s in West Berlin, when this part of the city was still leading an insular life and became a Mecca for nonconformists, conscientious objectors, revolutionaries, and bohemians.

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Felix Denk, Sven von Thülen

The Sound of Family

Post-reunification Berlin was one big playground filled with infinite possibilities. In the former no-man’s-land places suddenly sprung up out of nowhere, often lasting only for a few weeks, where history was going to be written. Techno, the new youth culture that would unite East and West spread out from here at 180 beats per minute.

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Spanish world rights (Alpha Decay), France (Allia)

Ulrike Edschmid

The Disappearance of Philip S.

In her novel The Disappearance of Philip S., Ulrike Edschmid thinks back to the years spent with Philip S., a young man from a wealthy Swiss family. The two met in the crucible of Berlin anno 1967 – he was studying at the film school, she was acting in his first experimental film. Edschmid describes her partner’s slow, steady progress from student protests to the armed underground.

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France (Piranha), Italy (e/o), Denmark (Vandkunsten), Turkey (Aylak Adam)

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Hammerstein or Idiosyncrasy

A grand opus on the most fatal period of German history and an outstanding figure until now not the subject of a biography. The results of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's research into the life of General Kurt von Hammerstein are presented in the genre the writer so peerlessly masters: that of literary biography.

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Anagrama), Chinese simplex rights (Beijing Fonghong Books), Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Gallimard), Italy (Einaudi), Netherlands (Cossée), Denmark (Gyldendal), Sweden (Norstedts), Norway (Press), Japan (Shobunsha), Poland (Swiat Ksiazki), Croatia (Disput), Serbia (Prometej), Turkey (Everest), Greece (Kastaniotis)

Max Frisch

Selections from the Berlin Diary

The legendary Berlin Diary is one of the great treasures in Max Frisch’s posthumous papers. Frisch himself mandated that it not be published until twenty years after his death because of the »private matters« it contained. Now, for the first time, we are able to publish selections of the Diary.

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English world rights (Seagull), French world rights (Zoé), Italy (Armando Dadò), Poland (Czarne), Czech Republic (Archa)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook rights (DAV), German Book Club rights (Büchergilde Gutenberg)

Durs Grünbein

The First Year

Notes penned in the manner of ideas for future use between January 1 and December 31, 2000, these notes capture the historical moment, the start of the new millennium seen entirely through the author’s own eyes.

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Italy (Einaudi)

Christoph Hein

Ms. Paula Trousseau

How do we become – or not become – the people that we have become? This is the fundamental question addressed in Christoph Hein’s novel, a novel that consistently views things from the perspective of painter Paula Trousseau.

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English world rights (Metropolitan), French world rights (Métailié), Italy (e/o), Hungary (Europa)

Christoph Hein

Willenbrock

With utmost precision and apparent effortlessness, Christoph Hein paints a picture of our society as one in which, behind the facades, lurking catastrophes are only thinly concealed.

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English world rights (Metropolitan), Spanish world rights (Anagrama), France (Métailié), Italy (e/o), Denmark (Gyldendal), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Czech Republic (Volvox Globator), Bulgaria (Emas), Greece (Kastaniotis), Ukraine (Junivers)

Ursula Heinzelmann

Monsieur Vuong

There is a restaurant in the Alte Schönhauser Straße 46 in Berlin-Mitte that became an international place of pilgrimage many years ago: Monsieur Vuong’s restaurant.

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

The Lives of Others

East German culture scene, mid-1980s. State power entrenches on the lives of two artists, a couple, initially seemingly untouched by politics – Georg is a playwright, Christa-Maria an actress. Minister Hempf sets the Stasi onto Georg and wants him out of the way, as he has fallen in love with Christa-Maria.

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English world rights (Pushkin Press), France (Saint Simon Editions), Italy (Fandango), Denmark (Tyskforlaget), Korea (KSI)

Klaus Hillenbrand

Not with us

Two young people meet and fall in love in Berlin in 1941. Leonie Rosner and Walter Frankenstein decide to marry, and their first son Peter-Uri is born in 1943. In order to escape deportation to one of the death camps, the Frankensteins go underground with their six-week-old baby.

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Sweden (Atlantis)

Rafael Horzon

The White Book

The unusual biography of an entrepreneur in the form of a picaresque novel Rafael Horzon’s Das weisse Buch grants us compelling insights into his fast-paced life as a furniture magnate, original genius and apple-cake tycoon.

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France (Attila), Italy (Scritturapura), Netherlands (Warenmagazijn), Serbia (Plato Books / B&S)

Tobias Rapp

Lost and Sound

Techno is dead, at least officially. In reality, beyond social utopias and Love Parade electronic music and the night-time sub-culture of going out were never more creative or interesting than today. And never so concentrated in a single place: Every weekend young people from all over Europe populate a few kilometers on the banks of the River Spree in Berlin.

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English world rights (Innervision), Russia (White Label), Japan (Kokusho Kankokai), Poland (Kultural Kolektiv), Serbia (Alexandria Press)

Ralf Rothmann

Heat

This novel of Ralf Rothmann is set in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, and starts off in a canteen that supplies its customers in West and East alike with convenience food.

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Russia (Ast Press Kniga - published, rights reverted), Croatia (Fraktura), Macedonia (Antolog)

Ralf Rothmann

Fire Doesn't Burn

Ralf Rothmann has written a novel about the delicate convergence of East and West, as well as a chronicle of erotic desire - a torrid love story.

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English world rights (Seagull), Arabic world rights (Kalima), Lithuania (Lithuania Writers Union Publishers)

Karl Scheffler

Berlin

Berlin, writes Karl Scheffler at the end of his classic 1910 portrait of the city, is damned »forever to become and never to be«. Unlike London or Paris, the metropolis on the Spree lacked an organic principle of development. It was nothing more than a colonial city, its sole purpose to conquer the East, its inhabitants a hodgepodge of materialistic individualists. No art or culture with which it might compete with the great cities of the world. Nothing but provincialism and culinary aberrations far and wide. Berlin: »City of preserves, tinned vegetables and all-purpose dipping sauce«.

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Hans-Ulrich Treichel

Grunewaldsee

On an olive-strewn seaside property in Spain and the dog urine-steeped beaches of the Grunewaldsee, bestselling author Hans-Ulrich Treichel weaves his two characters into a love story. It is a story that only this master of sanguine melancholy and laconic derision could tell, full of falls and immensely satisfying.

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France (Gallimard)

Gisela von Wysocki

Making Music

Berlin’s Roaring Twenties and the history of the gramophone record, narrated as an éducation musicale by a pupil of Adorno

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Raul Zelik

The Intruder

Daniel has hardly seen his father Fil over the past 15 years. But when he moves to Berlin to be closer to him, Fil becomes seriously ill, leaving his son alone again – with many questions and the key to Fil’s apartment.

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