Essays

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Wolfgang Bauer

Across the Sea

There is a humanitarian catastrophe happening in front of our eyes: The Syrian civil war continues to claim hundreds of lives. Millions of Syrians are fleeing, some of them risk the transit from Egypt to Europe by boat. Each year, hundreds of people die during this endeavour, making the Mediterranean the most dangerous sea boarder in the world.

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Ulrich Beck

German Europe

In his famous speech in Hamburg in 1953, Thomas Mann warned the Germans never again to strive for a »German Europe«. As a result of the Euro crisis, however, that is exactly what has happened: the continent’s strongest economic power is in a position to dictate the terms under which struggling Euro nations can apply for further credit, to the point where the democratic autonomy of the Greek, Italian, Spanish – and ultimately also the German – parliaments are completely eroded.

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Ulla Berkéwicz

Maybe We'll All Go Mad

In the global world, the different peoples reveal their most dangerous common features in the shape of an almost archaic, bloody form of fundamentalism. 223 years after Lessing wrote his Nathan, the »parable of the rings«, in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001 the Enlightenment seems to have imploded and religions are apparently once more giving the commands.

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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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Nils Binnberg

I have had enough!

»I suffer from orthorexia nervosa. It is a concept I only became familiar with recently and it describes an obsession with eating healthily. That sounds good, you might say? But it is not. I slavishly follow each new health edict. By turning my back on everyday foods, I have started to feel as if I am slowly killing myself. Incidentally, I am only one of millions affected in Germany. At lunchtime we are fine talking freely about S & M sex à la Fifty Shades of Grey. But if a breadbasket is passed around, we become suddenly tense.

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Volker Braun

Relocating the Secret Point

Relocating the Secret Point gathers underground texts and speeches. The collection opens with a satire of expatriation written in January 1977 and is followed by the radical pamphlet Büchner’s Letters; it contains essays on Shakespeare and Rimbaud, Goethe and Kafka: poetry and politics, and points to a shift in the work that will grow into a radical change.

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Dietmar Dath

No Conference Today

»I only produce shit nowadays,« reads a diary entry by Arno Schmidt, meaning: journalistic texts for newspapers. Since 1990, Dietmar Dath has published heaps of – well: journalistic, satirical, and essayistic texts and by doing so has created his very own fan base.

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Dietmar Dath

Saltwhite Eyes

»Dear Sonja,« David writes in these enlightening and desperate letters to a revered classmate from days long gone, »looking back isn’t always the best idea: Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.«

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Particulars

The essays of this collection dispel the legend that thoughts had nothing to do with the world from whence they came. Enzensberger analyses a production process: the creation not of commodities but of consciousness. »The consciousness industry,« Enzensberger writes, »is the true core industry of the 20th century.«

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

An Expert Review in 89 Numbers

Nature has treated people somewhat like a stepmother would. Other animals are stronger, can swim and fly better, give birth less awkwardly and do not need as much time to become adults. How can it be then that this weak creature came to be the strongest on earth? The answer, if you believe the author, has to do with the division of labour. Thanks to this trick every one of us, he believes, can achieve something pretty good, even if it remains impossible for a person to do everything.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Fortuna and Probability

Since time immemorial man has developed ways of coping with the seemingly unpredictable vicissitudes of his existence. But the modern age was not content with the old incantations of the shamans and magicians. Which is why superstition and irrationality were replaced by probability, and people no longer spoke of fate but of chance.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The Labyrinth of Intelligence

Intelligence, along with flexibility and the ability to work in a team, is the cardinal virtue of today’s world. However, using tests to make objective sense of subjective results leads to curious geometric figures, rows of numbers and or animals, of which one apparently does not fit with the others.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Politics and Crime

Enzensberger presents his attempts at revising the conception of justice and rights violations, of nation, sovereignty, obedience and betrayal. They are attempts at exposing the criminal element of politics itself. From Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees to Brecht’s Three Penny Opera this relationship has been noted and cultivated into a literary figure, to the reflection of the man of honour in the criminal as well as the criminal in the philistine, i.e. into the inversion of crime and reputable bourgeois success.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Political Crumbs

»How many more times do I have to tell you: There is no art without pleasure«, Enzensberger once claimed in one of his poems. That is a maxim he acts on in this book as well.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Tender Monster Brussels or the Disenfranchisement of Europe

»Europe is on everyone’s lips these days. Mistrust is rife against the distant institution in Brussels. What, more and more Europeans ask themselves, do our largely unknown custodians do behind mirrored facades, mostly closed doors and with a highly questionable legitimisation?«

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Terror's Men

The eagerness with which school children, jihadists, family men and suicide bombers take arms to end their lives, and as many others as possible, puzzles most of us. »One needn't understand everything, but an attempt can't hurt«, is this essay's motto, which Hans Magnus Enzensberger has dedicated to »Radical Underdogs«.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Zigzag

This volume features works written between 1989 and 1996. Three essays are published for the first time, the others remain unaltered except for minimal stylistic changes.

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Urs Faes

Request Stop

Request Stop is Urs Faes' most intimate book to date, which grew out of his personal experience of sickness and was written so as to be able to hold on to a pen, to words, to images and to memory. Writing as self-defence against one’s own frailty – and in so doing, coming face to face with life.

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Durs Grünbein

From the Dream (Files)

The title of a book of poetry could not be any more provocative, and still the poet allows no room for doubt: »In general, that which we call reality is greatly overestimated.« Therefore, with all the power of his imagination, in the first half of his book he leads us into the stormy areas of that reality which most people consider the measure of all things.

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Jürgen Habermas

On Europe's Constitution

»In the face of a politically unregulated rise in global social complexity which systemically and increasingly restricts the autonomy of the nation state, the normative function of democracy itself requires that political agency be expanded beyond national boundaries.« Jürgen Habermas

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