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Kevin Vennemann

Mara Kogoj

Vennemann’s first novel, Nahe Jedenew, a radical literary take on an anti-Semitic pogrom, was hailed as »the most beautiful sad story« (Die Zeit) and »the best literary text by an under-30-year-old to appear in recent years« (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

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Kevin Vennemann

Close to Jedenew

Close to Jedenew, a place in their childhood, Anna, Marian and their friends play mother/father/baby and hide-&-seek; they build a tree-house where they are safe from danger. Summer by summer, childhood passes by.

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Martin Walser

Marriage in Philippsburg

»Out of Germany comes an impressive young novelist – Martin Walser – with this richly-detailed picture of postwar life in Philippsburg, a typical West German city. For ›marriage,‹ in Philippsburg, read love – in a variety of forms, including the adulterous and illicit.

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Martin Walser

Runaway Horse

»Helmut and Sabrina Halm have always managed vacations of lazy privacy in their favourite retreat on Germany’s Lake Constance. So when the energetic, handsome Klaus Buch turns up with his beautiful wife Hella, Helmut is quite ready to dismiss this dimly familiar acquaintance. But Klaus is overjoyed to recognise his old schoolmate Helmut, eager to recall every incident of their shared childhood, and to display every detail of his successful lifestyle as a thoroughly emancipated, thoroughly fit, author and environmental expert. The precious days of privacy give way to an unwanted and awkward intimacy, as the Buchs and Halms hike, dine and sail together. Their joint activities aggravate myriad psychological tensions among the four characters, which are all the more intensely ironic for their peaceful veneer, and which must eventually erupt. […] Runaway Horse is an extraordinary novella, that comprises at once the concision and wit of s short story and the grace, narrative intrigue and psychological complexity of a longer novel.« (Book description from the English edition by Secker & Warburg)

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Martin Walser

A Gushing Fountain

»[T]his masterful novel by one of the foremost figures of postwar German literature is an indelible portrait of Nazism slowly overtaking and poisoning a small town. Semiautobiographical, it is also a remarkably vivid account of a childhood fraught with troubles, yet full of remembered love and touched by miracle.

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Robert Walser

In the Office

Like the office satires of Melville, Gogol, or Kafka, Robert Walser’s short stories about office clerks, collected here for the first time, offer a similarly illuminating and exhilarating light on the working world.

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Robert Walser

The Assistant

Robert Walser is an overwhelmingly original author with many ardent fans: J.M. Coetzee (»dazzling«), Guy Davenport (»a very special kind of whimsical-serious-deep writer«), and Hermann Hesse (»If he had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place«). Charged with compassion, and an utterly unique radiance of vision, Walser is as Susan Sontag exclaimed »a truly wonderful, heart-breaking writer.«

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Robert Walser

The Tanners

»The Tanners, Robert Walser’s amazing 1907 novel of twenty chapters, is now presented in English for the very first time, by the award-winning translator Susan Bernofsky. Three brothers and a sister comprise the Tanner family – Simon, Kaspar, Klaus, and Hedwig: their wanderings, meetings, separations, quarrels, romances, employment and lack of employment over the course of a year or two are the threads from which Walser weaves his airy, strange and brightly gorgeous fabric.

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Robert Walser

Jakob von Gunten

»The Swiss writer Robert Walser is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature. Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, Walser wrote a range of short stories, essays, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest.

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Robert Walser

A Slap in the Face and Other Matters

Robert Walser has always inspired visual artists all around the world, including Thomas Hirschhorn, one of the most provocative and innovative contemporary artists, to whom Robert Walser is a central figure, a »hero« representing true artistry. Walser’s standard of art is always connected to a personal point of view that denotes distance to the establishment.

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Robert Walser

The Robber

»The Robber, Robert Walser’s last novel, tells the story of a dreamer on a journey of self-discovery. It is a hybrid of love story, tragedy, and farce, with a protagonist who sweet-talks teaspoons, flirts with important politicians, plays maidservant to young boys, and uses a passerby’s mouth as an ashtray. Walser’s novel spoofs the stiff-upper-lipped European petit bourgeois and its nervous reactions to whatever threatens the stability of its worldview.« (book description from the English edition by University of Nebraska Press)

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Robert Walser

The Walk

A pseudo-biographical »stroll« through town and countryside rife with philosophic musings, The Walk has been hailed as the masterpiece of Walser's short prose. Walking features heavily in his writing, but nowhere else is it as elegantly considered. Without walking, »I would be dead,« Walser explains, »and my profession, which I love passionately, would be destroyed. Because it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker.« (from the book description of the US edition by New Direction Books)  

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Peter Weiss

Leavetaking

A brilliant, brutally honest autobiographical novel, from one of the great artistic polymaths of the 20th century.

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Peter Weiss

The Aesthetics of Resistance

The three-volume novel The Aesthetics of Resistance is the crowning achievement of Peter Weiss, the internationally renowned dramatist best known for his play Marat/Sade. The first volume was initially published in Germany in 1975; the third and final volume appeared in 1981, just six months before Weiss’s death.

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Philipp Weiss

On the edge of the world man sits and laughs

In On the edge of the world man sits and laughs, Philipp Weiss recounts the world’s transformation during the Anthropocene – that epoch of earth’s history in which the human being became the central constitutive power. Between France and Japan, from the 19th to the 21st century, this bold novel depicts a Panopticon of our fleeting reality. Each one of the five volumes has its own form: encyclopaedia, manga, novella, audio-transcription and notebook.

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Bruno E. Werner

The Slave Ship

Dispassionate and, for that very reason, moving: a newspaper editor documents how the German intelligentsia – academics and artists, novelists and editor-in-chiefs – cringe and writhe following the Nazi’s seizure of power, but also how they create space to continue their pursuit of a good life and a moral good. In the end, however, they too are helpless in the face of the dictatorship. The narrative arc spans from the day of the Nazi’s seizure of power through the bombings of Berlin and Dresden and up to capitulation.

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Josef Winkler

Domra

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Josef Winkler

The Graveyard of Bitter Oranges

In this novel, it’s evident that Winkler hopes to never stop chasing the fear that keeps him alive. In southern Italy, where Catholic roots run deep, a deceased Carinthian altar boy collects ghastly, horrifying, caustic and ironic stories about death and other strange fates.

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Josef Winkler

I'm going to pluck one of my eyelashes out and stab you to death with it

»Travelling in order to become homeless«, writes Henri Michaux. When Josef Winkler was writing his novels about his Austrian region of Carinthia, the author repeatedly journeyed to Italy, and later to India and Mexico. He always took along stories by other writers, and inserted short quotes from them as insets in his poetological reports.

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Josef Winkler

Take the Blame, Father or Death Be Writ into My Heart

It was only a few years ago that Josef Winkler learned about the fact that his fellow Carinthian Odilo Globocnik, who had headed the »Aktion Reinhardt« and boasted about the mass murder of countless Jews with the words »Two million we got over and done with«, was buried on a community field in Winkler’s native village of Kamering after he had committed suicide by ingesting cyanide in May 1945 – in the »Sautratten«, where Winkler’s father and grandfather grew and harvested their crop.

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