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Thomas Bernhard

Extinction

Extinction is the title of an account that Franz-Josef Murau wrote during the last year of his life in Rome and that Thomas Bernhard made public. These notes were absolutely essential to Murau for they were concerned with the theme that had destroyed his entire existence: his background.

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Thomas Bernhard

Wittgenstein’s Nephew

With this work on the history of a friendship, published in 1982, Bernhard offers an autobiography, describing his childhood and youth in five volumes as well as his life between the years 1967 and 1979. During a stay in a sanatorium, his friendship with Paul Wittgenstein, which had begun with passionate discussions about music, deepened.

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Thomas Bernhard, Siegfried Unseld

The Correspondence

»If anyone has been hoping for just one last undiscovered drama by Thomas Bernhard, here it is. Its title is Correspondence, its birth spanning from 1961 to Bernhard's death in 1989.« Die Zeit

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Marcel Beyer

The Century that Cried itself Blind

Considering this current moment of great change as well as the 20th century when death became a master from Germany, is literature still possible? Does it still have a reason for being in a post-Auschwitz world where all cultural production can only be an expression of barbarism? Or is literature necessary, indeed indispensible, precisely because of such atrocities? Which methods must such a literature use? The 2016 Georg Büchner Prize-winning writer examines these questions and more in his poetic explorations and has a succinct and far-reaching answer at hand: through the fine-tuning of the material of reality like literature.

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Marcel Beyer

The Karnau Tapes

World War II. The final days of the Third Reich. Hermann Karnau, a sound engineer, is obsessively compiling an archive of every conceivable nuance of human sound. Karnau's work so impresses Hitler's leading propagandist that he entrusts his five children to Karnau's care while his wife is giving birth to the sixth. Helga, the eldest daughter, who is wise beyond her years, forms a warm bond of friendship with the engineer.

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Marcel Beyer

Kaltenburg

Marcel Beyer has written a grand new novel, a panorama spanning German history from the 1930s up to the present. Like in his successful Flughunde (The Karnau Tapes), Marcel Beyer so skilfully interweaves the personal with the historical that we follow spellbound the catastrophic course of events in 20th-century Germany.

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Marcel Beyer

Putin’s Postbox

This collection of unpublished stories and vignettes by Marcel Beyer is a book about perception, style, listening, and writing.

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Peter Bichsel

The Buzzard

Buzzard is a rich, homesick native of Solothurn with whose money Solothurn’s historic city centre is »beautified« (and made unlivable). Buzzard, however, is also the name of the bird that initiates the medieval story of Beautiful Magelone and Count Peter of Provence, the story of a lifelong love and search. And Beautiful Magelone is not just the daughter of a king from far-away Naples, she is also a constantly drunk secretary or waitress from present-day Solothurn…

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Peter Bichsel

Cherubin Hammer and Cherubin Hammer

Peter Bichsel tells the story of Cherubin Hammer, who thinks that he is a writer and is trying, unsucessfully, to live the biography of a writer. He confronts him with a second Cherubin hammer, a man’s man and charmer who can’t be trusted and is still loved by everyone and who, on first glance, does have something akin to a biography. There are things that could be told about him, but only anecdotal ones. What the two share is the fact that they live their life strictly and heedlessly. Rosa Fässler and Bertha Schmied are the women who have to suffer these make-believe biographies. They don’t resent their misfits, even though one of them carries a stone »into the mountain« day after day and the other goes on his pub crawl with the taxi, even though the waterholes are a mere thirty metres apart.

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Peter Bichsel

Actually, Frau Blum Would Really Like to Meet the Milkman

Actually Frau Blum Would Really Like to Meet the Milkman today is considered a classic collection of stories in which the author managed to create something unique both for his and for our own time: in a laconic, almost emotionless, yet precisely observed and thereby touching way he records daily events and manages to »extract« their stories, stories which possess all the world-truth and depth of epic.

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Peter Bichsel

The Seasons

This the story of a house, an ordinary residential house, and the people and objects in it. The author raises the inventory and he invents a character, who is called Kieninger. Kieninger rents a room in the house. He is continuously woven into the stories of the house, he is the test subject of the facts and events.

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Peter Bichsel

Children’s Stories

Seven stories in which strange old fogies, failing, preposterous rebels, descendants of the knights of the sad face dare to challenge the irreversibility of what already exists. Here is a man who knows, but does not believe, that the Earth is round; here is one who gives new names to things so that he will no longer be understood by the old ones.

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Peter Bichsel

To the City of Paris

»I believe«, says Peter Bichsel, »that the importance of literature lies not in conveying content but in maintaining storytelling. Because people need stories to survive. They need models with which they can narrate their own lives to themselves. Only a life you can tell yourself is a meaningful life.« And: »I would like to counteract history with stories.«

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Josef Bierbichler

Mittelreich

Josef Bierbichler, the renowned German stage and film actor, tells a story that spans a hundred years in Germany. It is an epic that deals with war and destruction, old power and new wealth, and the so-called »Years of Plenty«.

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Andrej Bitow

The Teacher of Symmetry

A masterfully crafted, ironically grounded, yet unabashedly melancholy novel – a stocktaking of his life and work: a masterpiece by a world class author writing at the height of his powers.

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Karl Heinz Bohrer

Now

Karl Heinz Bohrer is one of Germany’s most pugnacious intellectuals. The steadfast expectation that the banal present will turn into the fantastical now – this is what drives Karl Heinz Bohrer’s autobiographical, adventure-filled story. Spanning more than five decades and unfolding through nine chapters, his story plays out in various locales: in European cities like London and Paris, at German and American universities, on essayistic as well as scientific terrain. And ever and again upon the stage of relationships: with women, with friends, with colleagues and adversaries, this is as much of an intellectual adventure as it is an empirical examination of the erotic.

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Szilárd Borbély

The Dispossessed

When the shop owner Mózsi returns to his village from a forced labor camp, he no longer resembles a Jew at all. He will never again wear a black kaftan. Nor a white shirt. He does not even have any interest in learning where his articles have disappeared to: »The furniture had disappeared from the house, the books from the shelves, and compassion from our hearts.«

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Szilárd Borbély

Kafka’s Son

Szilárd Borbély, whose debut novel The Dispossesed was a literary sensation in Hungary, Germany and many other countries, wanted to dedicate his next major work to Franz Kafka. This collection of fragmentary texts (which come from his estate and were intended for publication) draws its intensity from the author’s passionate search for self and voice.

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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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Emma Braslavsky

Life Is No Way to Treat an Animal

»This story is true. Any resemblance to persons living or dead are no coincidence. Should you recognise yourself within them, be a good sport or direct your complaints to the good Lord.«   Jo, a selfish pseudo-idealist in her mid-thirties, and Jivan, a self-righteous Chauvinist with a serious gambling problem in his mid-forties, find themselves in a relationship contest whose aim it is to determine which of them has more pull and decides the direction in which they should be heading. All the while, Jivan falls victim to his father’s will and his own cowardly self-deception.

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