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Juri Andruchowytsch

Justice’s Darlings

Justice’s Darlings, these are crimes and criminals, real and alleged: Bohdan Stashynsky, for example, a KGB officer and assassin who kills the Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera in his exile in Munich, but then flees to the West with an East-German hairdresser he is in love with and turns himself in to the authorities.

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Poland (Warstwy), Bulgaria (Paradox)

Hg.: Bertrand Badiou

Paul Celan

The richness and novelty of its sources make this biography the first to provide comprehensive details about Paul Celan’s entire life in both texts and images.

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Zsófia Bán

Keep Breathing

In 1912, Franz Reichelt stands on the Eiffel Tower clad in his home-made parachute, and hesitates, his breath billowing in the cold, »chemistry and scratch marks pulsate like thick snowfall« in the old black and white photograph. Robika, who would be a seventh grader now if he had a concept of time and went to school, has an obsession: Every week he chooses seven bars of white soap in Mama Roza’s store.

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Barbara Beuys

Asta Nielsen

She is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all times: Asta Nielsen (1881-1972). The Danish actress became the global sensation of the silent film era with her first movie, The Abyss (1910), establishing film as a new art form. She embodied the new, modern woman, enthralling audiences with a brilliant mixture of comedy and eroticism.

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Peter Bichsel

The Donkey, Too, Has a Soul

The first of Peter Bichsel‘s P.S.-columns, which have become an institution sui generis over the course of four decades, was published in Zurich’s Tages-Anzeiger in 1975. But even in the 1960s, the author had been writing numerous journalistic contributions and columns on questions of the times, that accompanied his early successes as a literary storyteller. Beat Mazenauer has gathered them in this volume – and has added a few narrative explorations from that time.

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Hans Blumenberg

Contributions to the Problem of the Originality of the Medieval-Scholastic Ontology

In 1947, Hans Blumenberg from Bargteheide in Holstein submits his doctoral thesis entitled »Contributions to the Problem of the Originality of the Medieval-Scholastic Ontology« and written under the most difficult personal circumstances to the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel.

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Hans Blumenberg

Reality and Realism

What do we mean when we talk about reality? What does realism in thinking mean? How do humans make contact with reality and gain an awareness of it? These fundamental questions of philosophy have occupied Hans Blumenberg throughout his life and form important undercurrents of many of his books. He never published a monography on the subject, but did plan to, as his estate reveals.

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Nora Bossong

Rules of Engagement

2017: After postings with the UN in New York and Burundi, Mira is working for the United Nations Office at Geneva and mediates talks on the reunification of Cyprus. At a reception at the luxury hotel Beau-Rivage, she encounters Milan, with whose family she lived for a few months after her parents’ separation in 1994. Even though Milan is married with a son and is soon going to move his family to The Hague, the two begin an affair.

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Netherlands (Wereldbibliotheek)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV), German Book Club (Büchergilde Gutenberg), German Entire Radio Reading (HR)

Ulrich Bröckling

Postheroic Heroes

Nowadays, heroic figures are considered suspicious: too much pathos, too much oozing masculinity, too much moral superiority. We live, they say, in post-heroic times. However, the fascination with heroic stories is not simultaeneously exhausted.

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Nina Bußmann

Thicket

Only a very few people manage to get sober on their own. If you want to stop drinking, you should connect with a group. Addict Ruth knows phrases like these, but she doesn’t believe in them. She manages best on her own. However, when she wakes up in hospital after a heavy fall, she needs support and turns to a fellow patient, Katja.

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Hubertus Butin

Art Forgery

In 2015 the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London put their visitors to the test. Rather than the oil portrait Young Woman by Jean- Honoré Fragonard, painted in 1769, they displayed a forgery commissioned for all but seventy pounds. The audience was invited to identify the fake artwork among the exhibits. The result was astounding: On the one hand, only about ten percent recognised the forgery – on the other hand, visitor numbers quadrupled.

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Bernd Cailloux

The American Son

How about you? Do you have children? – Yes, a son, in America. Silence ensues. The question, innocently asked on the periphery of a panel discussion, touches upon a trauma. The protagonist learned of his fatherhood thirty years ago, coincidentally, on a dancefloor.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Babel

Babel! A word seemingly born from chaos in its alliterating, rolling urgency. The poet pulls several examples of how deception and self-deceit, misjudgements and failing routines determine everyday life out of the hat, amused, cryptic and sad.

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Günter Frankenberg

Authoritarianism

Why do authoritarian states create constitutions? Is it enough to simply brush them aside as mere façades or a »constitution without a constitutional culture«? No, it is not, says Günter Frankenberg, and shows in his latest book that, as texts written for a public, they need to be taken seriously as well as criticised.

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English world rights (Edward Elgar Publishing)

Valerie Fritsch

Heart Valves by Johnson & Johnson

Due to a genetic defect, Alma and Friedrich’s baby is unable to feel pain. In constant worry about their son Emil, it’s mainly Alma who incessantly checks that his body is unharmed. Every night she palpates Emil’s body so as not to overlook any wounds and there is nothing the young mother fears more than an invisible injury to an organ that goes unnoticed.

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Sweden (Faethon)

Markus Gabriel

Fictions

There is a confusion of ontological dimension in the zeitgeist: Reality and fiction seem indistinguishable nowadays. This does not only affect the medial public but also the self-understanding of the humanities.

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish rights / Argentina (Universidad Nacional de General San Martín)

Marius Goldhorn

Park

Arnold, in his mid-twenties, travels from Berlin to Athens. During a stopover in Paris, he walks through the city, orders food, noted down poems, changes the wallpaper on his screen, and waits for Odile to text him.

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Peter Goßens

Paul Celan

The much-anticipated introduction on the occasion of the poet’s 100th birthday Paul Celan’s work has been cultivated at Suhrkamp Verlag for more than six decades: Numerous editions of the collected works and many volumes of letters attest to a work that has had no equal in regard to its impact after 1945. But what was missing until now was a topical, brief and illustrated introduction to the life, work, and impact of the poet.

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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

»The Prose of the World«

Philosopher and translator, critic and writer, art agent and encyclopaedist: Denis Diderot, born in Champagne in 1713, died in Paris in 1784, was one of the defining figures of the movement that went down in history as the European Age of Enlightenment. But what is the vanishing point of his multifarious œuvre, which is characterised by downright centrifugal dynamics – unlike the works of his contemporaries Voltaire and Rousseau, Schiller, Kant and Hume?

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English world rights (Standford UP), Spanish world rights (Universidad Iberoamericana), Russia (NLO), Brazilian Portuguese rights (UNESP)

Anna Katharina Hahn

Over and Gone

For goodness’ sake, where is the boy? When her young grandson Bruno fails to show up at mealtime, Elisabeth feels like she is losing control over her life. Her daughter Cornelia has separated from her husband and is taking a »hiatus« in Pennsylvania. Stella, Bruno’s gorgeous older sister, is hanging out somewhere in town with her peers. And Bruno has simply disappeared. Unreachable.

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