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Christoph Möllers

Degrees of Freedom

We are familiar with degrees of freedom in the field of mechanics. The term denotes the number of directions into which a rigid body connected to a joint can move. In attempt at modernising liberalism, Christoph Möllers starts neither with the general political climate nor the conflict between the individual and society.

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Heiner Müller

The American Leviathan

All throughout his life, »America« was both dream and projection machinery to Heiner Müller. He never forgets the first Mickey Mouse film he saw as a child in Eppendorf, while Faulkner is a defining read in his adolescence. The early fascination is coupled with the disapproving scepticism towards the opposing system’s aggressive politics during the Cold War.

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Rolf Nagel

A Dog’s Eye

Inflation destroyed my family’s savings … – many stories in Germany begin like this. So does that of young Rolf Nagel, who is born into a completely ordinary family in Hamburg in 1929.

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Christoph Nußbaumeder

The Unexpected

Late summer in the year 1900 in the Bavarian Forest. Standing on a hill, the young labourer Maria looks down at her village. The glass factory that employs the local people is engulfed in flames. Maria herself has started the fire as revenge for a rape that went unpunished.

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Deniz Ohde

Sky Glow

Sky Glow tells a story of class and origin without pithy slogans, of discrimination and contempt and their effects on the individual. The book talks about social shame, societal constraints and inequality, but at the same time it is a novel about a young woman’s self-empowerment, despite all adversities.

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Turkey (Pena)

Dirk Peitz

Looking Ahead: How We Are Narrating the Future

We can’t foresee the future. If you believe that you’re already living it, as some people in the Silicon Valley do, you need to adjust yourself because the future global power China is preparing to take over interpretational sovereignty. What, then, can we say about what is to come? Do we have reason to rejoice? Do we need to be scared?

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Emanuel Richter

The Pensioners’ Democracy

Which consequences does the dramatic overageing of society have for our democracy? Are a few well-off »best agers« und »silver surfers« going to seize political participation and dismiss the interests of the younger age groups? Or will the democratic hope of the senior citizens for an expanded and more intensified political participation that benefits all generations be fulfilled?

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Ralf Rothmann

Hotel of Insomniacs

»Fear is a man’s best friend« is the motto of Hotel of Insomniacs, Ralf Rothmann’s new volume of stories, and indeed it is often fear that helps his characters overcome difficulties. The ageing lecturer who has an epiphany about the logic of love when his car breaks down in the Mexican desert, the violinist who receives a final diagnosis, or the child on the landing, awaiting his punishment – all of them experience fear as inverted hope too.

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Lutz Seiler

Star 111

Two days after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Inge and Walter Bischoff leave their old life behind – the apartment, the garden, their work and the country. Their journey takes the two fifty-year- olds far away: Through transit camps and temporary accommodations they follow a dream they have long since fostered, a »life secret« even their son Carl knows nothing about.

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Clemens J. Setz

The Bees and the Invisible

Pure meaning, pure poetry – this idea seems to worry and spur on people throughout the centuries. It is the driving force behind the invention of languages like Esperanto, Volapük or Blissymbolics. Clemens J. Setz traces the anecdotes behind these constructed languages in The Bees and the Invisible, in keeping with the motto: »Tell the best story you know, as truthfully as possible.‹

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Peter Sloterdijk

Making the Heavens Speak

Detours are the most direct paths to the centre. Peter Sloterdijk’s new work is proof of this theory: Located beyond topicality, theopoetics is, on first glance, about the attempts to make God or the gods speak stored in the library of humanity: either they speak themselves, directly, or their deeds and thinking are reproduced indirectly by the poets.

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Siruela), France (Payot & Rivages), Netherlands (Boom)

Manfred Sommer

Pen, Paper and Kant

A line on a piece of paper – that is graphism in its simplest form. Analogous to the stem cells of biological research it can turn into many things: sign and sketch, text and image. In his richly illustrated study Manfred Sommer explores this graphic potential also in connection to Immanuel Kant: Might the spontaneous drawing of a line on the receptive paper, carried out with meaning and reason, even be constitutive for our existence in the world?

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Maria Stepanova

The Body Returns

Even before the international success of her first work of prose, Post-Memory, Maria Stepanova had been a famous author. For twenty years, she has contributed to shaping Moscow’s open-minded literary scene and established a reputation as a productive, adventurous poet, even in the English-speaking world.

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Brigitte Studer

Travellers of the World Revolution

The history of the 20th century cannot be understood without the history of communism. With the Communist International, a revolutionary project took shape in 1919 that was founded on an effectively organised and globally interconnected avantgarde.

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Peter Suhrkamp

On Behaviour in Danger

The texts by Peter Suhrkamp from the years between 1919 and 1957 gathered here – including essays, articles, reviews, pedagogical and political statements, diary entries on contemporary events or speeches such as the welcome address to a literary evening with Max Frisch, the broadcast address on the occasion of Hermann Hesse’s 70th birthday or reflections on the significance of Marcel Proust – create the multi-faceted portrait of a publisher and retrace the steps that got him there.

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Josef Winkler

Embark on the Journey or Manipulator of Sunbeams

If you read Winkler, you won’t forget Winkler’s zest for language.

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Serhij Zhadan


What can literature do, what should it do, when there is war? What language do the poets resort to? Are their instruments suited to express »what causes fear«? Since the battles in Eastern Ukraine began six years ago, Serhij Zhadan has encouraged the citizens in countless appearances on bravery and resilience and dedicated himself to social projects.

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Poland (Wrocławski Dom Literatury)

Rüdiger Zill

The Absolute Reader

Hans Blumenberg wanted to be known by his philosophy alone, and as a private person remain invisible to the public. Yet we can understand his world only by also considering the turmoils of his lifetime.

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