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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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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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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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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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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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Domestic Rights Sales: German Book Club (Büchergilde Gutenberg)

Peter Handke

The Second Sword

Returning to the area southwest of Paris after years of being on the road, three days later the hero was forced to set out again. In contrast to previous explorations of the world, this time he has an irrefutable goal: »›This is the face of an avenger!‹ I said to myself when I looked in the mirror the morning I set off on my journey.« Revenge? For what?

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English world rights (FSG), Spanish world rights (Alianza), Catalan rights (Alianza), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), Chinese complex rights (Ecus), Russia (Eksmo), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Estação Liberdade), Portuguese rights (Relógio D’Água), France (Gallimard), Italy (Guanda), Netherlands (Wereldbibliotheek), Denmark (Batzer), Norway (Pelikanen), Romania (ART), Serbia (Laguna), Greece (Hestia), Armenia (Antares)

Thomas Kapielski

Dungmortar

Frowalt Hiffenmarkt from Grollstadt-Sauger has an honest job as a salesman for curious sanitary articles, follows a strong urge to give speeches in train stations and maintains a writing hideaway in Meppen that not even his wife knows about.

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Hg.: KATAPULT

Green Maps to Save the World

How many trees are there per person? And how much of the earth’s surface is covered in concrete? To fly or not to fly? SUV or e-scooter? Paper or plastic? eBook or print edition? Does the individual even determine the future of the planet at all, or is it on politicians to act? Answers to these and many more questions can be found in the alarming, illuminating and inspiring maps created by Germany’s most innovative magazine.

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English world rights (Bodley Head), Chinese complex rights (Business Weekly), Italy (Vallardi Editore)

Esther Kinsky

Slates

Esther Kinsky’s new book is dedicated to slate, the polymorphic, versatile sedimentary rock, and to the Slate Islands, a small archipelago off the West coast of Scotland. For centuries, slate was mined on those islands that are part of the Inner Hebrides and they are lastingly shaped by the intensive industry that was abandoned many decades ago and that has left behind a bizarre landscape of debris and flooded quarries.

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Alexander Kluge

Russia-Container

Not just in light of a currently contested pipeline but also after centuries of both exchange and rejection, Russia and Germany were and are as far away from each other as they are connected. The political present seems critical, the signs point towards conflict and polarity.

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Russia (Garage)