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Hermann Hesse

Trees

To Hermann Hesse, trees are symbols that coalesce with memories, symbols of evanescence and rebirth, but also of »all growth, all libidinal, natural life, all insouciance and proliferous fertility«. To him, they are the mirror of the seasons, the landscapes and the environmental conditions of their habitat. In their age rings and connations we can see »all the battles, all the suffering, all the disease, all the fortune and prosperity«. And their presence can be incredibly comforting: »If we are sad and unable to bear life, a tree can speak to us: Be quiet! Be quiet! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not hard. … Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or nowhere.«

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Adalbert Stifter

Rock Crystal

Sanna and Konrad, the children of a cobbler, set out on the morning of December 24th to bring Christmas presents to their grandparents in the neighbouring mountain village. The grandmother urges them to leave early enough to reach their home before nightfall. But a heavy snowfall sets in and Sanna and Konrad get lost in the high mountain ranges. An extensive search begins … For the first time, Adalbert Stifter’s story Rock Crystal has been illustrated by Gerda Raidt for the Insel-Bücherei.

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Text by Adalbert Stifter in the public domain, illustration rights available

Gustave Flaubert

Bibliomania

Bookseller and antiques dealer Giacomo is a recluse living in a quiet alley in Barcelona. His sole love are books. He is intoxicated by the smell of the paper, the covers, the gilded letters and the ink. His dream: establishing his own library. But he has a rival who is just as dedicated to buying bibliophilic treasures as he is: Baptisto, who owns a book shop at the Plaça del Rei. Little by little, Giacomo’s passion turns into a mania that stops at nothing …

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Text by Gustave Flaubert in the public domain, illustration rights available

Hermann Hesse

Discover Yourself!

Self-determination instead of conformation, obstinacy instead of submission – this is the common thread that weaves through all of Hermann Hesse’s works. To him, every person’s disposition is unique and distinctive. Discovering it, developing, and asserting it against the resistance of one’s environment is what encourages each of his works. Only those who motivate and like to practice what makes them unique is protected from identity crises.

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Turkey (Profil)

E. T. A. Hoffmann

Mademoiselle de Scudéri

Paris, around 1680. A mysterious series of murders is shocking the capital. Young aristocratic men, on their way to a rendezvous, are stabbed to death by an unknown perpetrator and robbed of the valuable jewellery they carried with them as presents for their lovers. The king asks his court poet, 73-year-old Madeleine de Scudéri, to help out with the hunt for the murderer. She soon finds out that all the pieces of jewellery that have been taken come from the workshop of the famous goldsmith Cardillac. Is he not simply the creator of these masterpieces, but also a murderer and thief?

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Text by E. T. A. Hoffmann in the public domain, illustration rights available

E. T. A. Hoffmann

The Strange Child

Siblings Christlieb and Felix von Brakel live in the countryside with their parents. One day, their rich, worldly uncle Cyprianus comes to visit and brings them a »modern« mechanic toy from the city. He promises to provide them with a »suitable« private tutor so that they won’T »fall behind«. But the promised tutor, Master Tinte clad in black, turns out to be a sadist who hates children. And so they ask the magical »strange child«, whom they met on their walks in the woods, for help.

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Text by E. T. A. Hoffmann in the public domain, illustration rights available

Friederike Mayröcker, Angelika Kaufmann

Jimi

»Jimi the Polar Bear was lying in the arms of the sleeping child, his paws crossed. It was 1 very young polar pear the size of a puppy and he hardly dared to breathe so as not to wake the child. The child was dreaming that Jimi was lying in its arms and told him 1 story.«

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Hermann Hesse

The Magic of Colours

At the age of 40, in the middle of World War I, Hermann Hesse started to paint. To him it was an »outlet, so as to be able to bear life even in the direst of times« and to gain some distance from literature. »I’m holding my painting chair,« he writes in 1920, »it is my magic apparatus and Faust coat with whose help I have performed magic thousands of times and won the fight against stupid reality.«

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Hans Traxler

Mom, How Come I’m Not a Chicken?

Hans Traxler, who grew up in a Bohemian village in the 1930s, had a childhood just like in the olden days, with a mother who played the church organ, a father who was the commander of the local Gendarmerie and who at Ascension Day could be found behind the baldachin with the monstrance and his older brothers who showed him how to catch trout with the butterfly net. But this idyllic time came to end in 1938, when the Wehrmacht marched in and World War II began one year later.

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Gottfried August Bürger

Munchausen - Singular Travels, Campaigns, Voyages, and Sporting Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Baron Münchhausen is a historical figure – he might not have written down his incredible adventures, »singular travels, campaigns and voyages« himself, but they became a bestseller shortly after their publication both in Germany and England, were soon translated into many other languages and eventually served as the basis for numerous films. For this special Insel-Bücherei edition of Munchausen’s stories, multi-award-winning illustrator Stefanie Harjes has furnished the best stories by the »Baron of Lies« with her unique illustrations.

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Text by Gottfried August Bürger in the public domain, illustration rights available

The Nibelungs

The Nibelungs, written around 1200, is the most famous and most influential German heroic epic. It is part of the canon of the great works of world literature alongside Homer’s Iliad or Vergil’s Aeneid and was the basis for countless literary, musical, artistic and cinematic adaptations. Ever since the global success of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, it has also found its way into modern popular culture.

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Russia (Libra)

Hermann Hesse

Butterflies

»I have always had a connection with butterflies and other fleeting and ephemeral beauties, while I have never succeeded in maintaining permanent, committed and so-called solid relationships,« writes Hermann Hesse in a letter from 1926. This preference, occasionally resembling an elective affinity, for »flowers and butterflies, / That are of everlasting things / a fleeting allegory« – as he says in one of his poems, has left its mark on Hesse’s entire oeuvre. This volume gathers the most alluring of his stories, recollections, contemplations and poems on butterflies.

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Korea (Moonye)

Hans Christian Andersen

The Greatest Fairy Tales

H. C. Andersen’s Fairy Tales Told for Children have been translated into more than 80 languages to date and belong among the finest and most popular collections of fairy tales world literature has to offer. This edition published in the Insel-Bücherei presents his best and most famous stories – including classics like »The Emperor’s New Clothes«, »The Princess and the Pea«, »The Steadfast Tin Soldier« and »The Little Match Girl« – alongside wonderous and imaginative illustrations by renowned illustrator Henriette Sauvant – enchanting for children and adults alike.

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Text by Hans Christian Andersen in the public domain, illustration rights available

Hans Traxler

Sniffler

A summer month in a stately country residence in East Sussex. Sounds marvelous. When a married couple is invited by their English friends to look after the house and the dog while they go on holiday, they are overjoyed at the prospect. Swimming in Pevensey Bay, excursions with the Bluebell Express, visits to the Tate Gallery, hiking in the Downs – the two make great plans. But they have not taken Sniffler, their hosts’ dachshund, into account. The dog is panicked with fear of being left alone and comes up with ever more and new tricks to prevent his dog-sitters from leaving the premises …

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Hermann Hesse

At Christmas Time

»My childhood days I think of now, / A long-forgotten fairy tale sound awakens: / Bells ring and on silver shoes / The Christkind walks though the white night.« It’s mainly childhood memories that the poet Hermann Hesse associates with Christmas. But the older he gets the more Hesse distances himself from the business-minded sentimentality that by now shapes the »holiday of love«. A dichotomy between awe and mocking distance permeates the contemplations and recollections gathered here that Hesse wrote on this »always wonderful holiday despite all falsehood«.

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