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Clemens J. Setz

The Comfort of Round Things

An Alsatian soldier in the First World War discovers the constellation of the Great Young Kid in the night sky, but it is so awful that he can’t tell anyone about it. A young man, who has fallen in love with the blind Anja, discovers that her apartment is covered with insults from floor to ceiling. Marcel, sixteen years old, leaves his mobile number behind in the toilet-stall of a sex shop along with the name Suzy.

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Russia (Symposium), France (Actes Sud), Denmark (Vandkunsten), Greece (Gutenberg)

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Clemens J. Setz

The Ostrich Trumpet

Why did young women in the nineteenth century like to stick sharp needles in their mouths in the dark? What is it that prevents someone from being a great lover? And what do childless parrots do?

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Peter Sloterdijk

The Schelling-Project

A group of five ageing people, three men, two women, applies to the German Research Foundation for financial support of a project entitled »Between Biology and the Humanities: On the Problem of the Development of Pullulating Sexuality from the Hominid-Female to the Homo-sapiens-Women In Reference to Evolutionary Theory With Constant Consideration of the Nature Philosophy of German Idealism«. According to one of the female participants, »vita femina« would have been a more appropriate title.

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France (Piranha), Netherlands (Boom)

Andrzej Stasiuk

Dojczland

»Holding back tears at the sight of a Mercedes-Benz factory. Boarding the silver bullet of the intercity train, autumn in your heart. Strolling through Berlin's Olympic Stadium, a Transylvanian gypsy tune on your lips.«

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France (Christian Bourgois), Romania (RAO)

Andrzej Stasiuk

Fado

»In this delightful collection of essays – by turns wry and reflective, wistful and witty – contemporary Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk turns his attention to the villages and small towns of Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, and of course his native Poland.

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English world rights (Dalkey Archive), France (Christian Bourgois), Romania (RAO), Ukraine (Grani-T)

Andrzej Stasiuk

Cardboard Airplane

At the beginning, there is the longing of a child to be simultaneously here and elsewhere. it is appeased in traveling and reading.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Galician Tales

If you enjoyed Dukla you'll be equally enthusiastic about Galician Tales. Because Stasiuk's literary landscape, south-east Poland, the forgotten province in the years following 1989, is now being populated by people whose dreams and tragedies he copies with scant lines.

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Spanish world rights (Acantilado), France (Christian Bourgois), Netherlands (De Geus), Slovakia (Slovart), Bulgaria (Paradox), Slovenia (Cankarjeva Zalozba)

Andrzej Stasiuk

The Walls of Hebron

Stasiuk's legendary debut, and new editions have been repeatedly brought out in 1992 in Poland, continues to irritate and fascinated readers. To describe the violent reality of everyday prison life the author summed up all his powers of poetic exaggeration such as was to also be the hallmark of his later writings.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Nine

Nine is an existential crime novel as well as a major work of art.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

On the Road to Babadag

Herds of cows on a stretch of rail tracks beyond Oradea, sheep on a suburban street in Satu Mare, a white horse grazing in the middle of Suceava – the dirtiest, remotest, most god-forsaken part of our continent is inhabited by animals. In the endlessness of rusting warehouses, in the shadow of vast chimneys and between swaying trucks, they pluck at poisoned grass without a hint of worry or interest. As if they had been grazing there since time immemorial.

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USA (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), UK (Harvill), Spanish world rights (Quaderns Crema/El Acantilado), Chinese simplex rights (Guangdong Flower City Publishing House), Russia (NLO), Arabic world rights (Sphinx), France (Bourgois), Italy (Bompiani), Netherlands (De Geus), Sweden (Ersatz), Finland (Like), Czech Republic (Periplum), Hungary (Magvetö), Bulgaria (Paradox), Romania (RAO), Lithuania (Kitos Knygos), Croatia (Fraktura), Serbia (Dereta), Slovenia (Beletrina), Albania (Mesonjetorja), Ukraine (Krytyka), Belorussia (Zmicier Kolas)

Andrzej Stasiuk

Dukla

The World Behind Dukla was the literary highlight of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2000: no other book was as discussed as widely and in such detail, or greeted so enthusiastically.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

How I became a Writer

Stasiuk would have preferred to be a rock star. In this »Bildungsroman«, penned in less than two weeks he lets us know why that career never came to be.

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France (Actes Sud)

Maria Stepanova

Post-Memory

Montpellier, 1908: the photograph of a young woman by an easel or »Grandma on the barricades«, as the family calls it. Pre-Revolution portraits, postcards from Venice, Montpellier, or Nizhny Novgorod, pieces from the »library of a very different and lost visual culture«, letters, childhood souvenirs – these are the things that the author examines in astonishment. Who were these people who travelled all throughout Europe yet lived in Russia? Who did their best to remain anonymous and who made little effort to make history seem interesting?

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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

Hg.: Suhrkamp Verlag

Where are we headed?

When Christa Wolf died on December 1st 2011, besides a great writer, a remarkable woman was mourned.

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Uwe Tellkamp

The Carus Affairs

»Going to Carus«: that is how the gynaecologist said goodbye to his two children when he set off for the Carl Gustav Carus Medical Academy each day. The man who gave his name to the institution died in 1869, he can be regarded as the prototype of the then self-evident multi-talented man: natural scientist, doctor and painter, author of humanities studies (including one on Goethe). It is therefore not surprising, when the father lures his two children into the independent art scene of Dresden and its hinterland – it’s the Carus Affairs that are on their minds and that instigate attempts to approach the undivided humanity

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Uwe Tellkamp

Suspension Railway

After the enormous worldwide success of his best selling novel Der Turm (German Book Prize 2008, translated into over 15 languages) Uwe Tellkamp again takes us on a journey through his hometown of Dresden. At every station of this trip an abundance of stories awaits us, which come together to form an unforgettable narrative of the city.

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International sales: France (Grasset), Italy (La Nave di Teseo)

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Uwe Tellkamp

The Tower

House music, books, intellectual exchange. A residential quarter in Dresden, its dilapidated villas turning grey under »real-existing Socialism«, continues to keep the outside world at bay. With humorous resignation, the residents comment upon the demise of a social system in which the »Bildungsbürger« is not foreseen.

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Der Hörverlag), German Book Club (Der Club Bertelsmann), German Book Club Paperback (Weltbild), German Book Club Special Edition (Büchergilde Gutenberg)

Stephan Thome

Centrifugal Forces

Hartmut Hainbach is in his late fifties and has achieved everything he ever wished for: he is professor of philosophy and married to his dream woman, whom he still loves after twenty years of marriage. And yet Hartmut is not content: his wife has moved to Berlin, leaving Hartmut alone in the former German capital of Bonn. Now they only see each other at weekends.

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Stephan Thome

Counterplay

Counterplay revolves around Maria-Antonia Pereira, a young Portuguese woman: Maria is in her early twenties, finished school in Lisbon and wants to leave a Portugal that seems, at the end of the seventies, only a few years after the Carnation Revolution, hardly attractive for young people. Salazar’s dictatorial corporative state is finally finished, but certainly the aftermath of decades of political standstill and isolation is still palpable. Portugal is underdeveloped, arch-Catholic, with a high illiteracy rate – and especially for women it seems that there’s not much to do in this country but marry and have children.

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