Notebooks & Conversations

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Theodor W. Adorno

Dream Protocols

In early January 1956, Adorno noted: »Our dreams are not simply connected to one another by virtue of being ›ours‹ but also because they form a continuum, belong to a consistent world, similar to the way that all of Kafka’s short stories work to the same effect. And the more interconnected our dreams are, or the more they repeat themselves, the greater the danger that we might no longer be able to distinguish them from reality.«

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English world rights (Polity Press), Spanish world rights (Akal), France (Stock), Italy (Bollati Boringhieri - published, rights reverted), Turkey (Yapi Kredi), Albania (Asdreni - published, rights reverted), Ukraine (Meduza)

Theodor W. Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer

Correspondence 1923-1966

Among the great letter exchanges, the one between Theodor W. Adorno and Siegfried Kracauer is certainly the most intimate.

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Juri Andruchowytsch

Small Encyclopedia of Intimate Cities

Juri Andruchowytsch has invested a lot of time in familiarising himself with foreign cities. In some of them, he got stuck for a while. Others have become true parts of his life: »Munich begins right behind Moscow, the alphabet is in harmony with time« – that’s because Munich was the first German city the young author from the failing Soviet Union visited in order to write his Moscoviada not far from it, at Lake Starnberg.

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France (Noir sur Blanc), Croatia (Fraktura)

Ingeborg Bachmann

War Diary

The present volume for the first time compiles the war diary Ingeborg Bachmann kept from late summer 1944 to June 1945, as well as the surviving letters from Jack Hamesh – a unique document of dialogue between the children of the victims and the perpetrators.

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Charlotte Beradt

The Third Reich of Dreams

Charlotte Beradt, who had worked as a journalist in Berlin until, from 1933 onwards, she was no longer employed, fled to England in 1939 and then to New York in 1940. She collected dreams that had occurred between the years of 1933 and 1939 by asking the people surrounding her to retell them: her seamstress, a neighbour, her aunt, the milkman, an entrepreneur friend, a physician… Fifty of those »dreams dictated by dictatorship« were included in The Third Reich of Dreams, her classic work of dream documentation first published in 1966.

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Gudrun Ensslin, Bernward Vesper

»Emergency Laws by Your Hand«

At the beginning of 1968, Gudrun Ensslin left Bernward Vesper and moved with her 7-month-old son Felix to Andreas Baader. Shortly thereafter, two department stores in Frankfurt burned; Baader, Ensslin and Thorwald Proll were arrested as suspected arsonists. Felix went with Vesper and the history of the Red Army Faction (RAF) began to take its course.

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Max Frisch

Ignorance as State Security?

In his final typescript, in a deeply personal way and in a novel literary form, Max Frisch engaged with the national scandal that rocked Switzerland in 1989 and 1990: almost a million Swiss citizens had been under State surveillance during the Cold War. On individualised index cards or »fiches« the Attorney General’s Office created a chronicle of suspicion, whose grotesque banality served only to exacerbate the scandal.

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Max Frisch


»Do you consider yourself to be a good friend? Are you a good friend to yourself?« Twenty-three questions on the subject of friendship lie between these two queries. Max Frisch’s famous questionnaire stems from the ‘Diary 1966-1971’, and each of the ten questionnaires covers a subject, such as marriage, women, humour, money, friendship, fatherhood, Heimat, ownership and nothing less than the preservation of mankind. The answers are left to the reader’s imagination and encourage contemplation and discussion.

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Denmark (Basilisk)

Hermann L. Gremliza

Thoughts and Afterthoughts

»In dubio contra« is what Gremliza signed to the reader’s copy of an anthology for which he had written a profile on Helmut Schmidt entitled »Rechts, wo der Blinddarm ist« in 1967. For forty years, Hermann L. Gremliza has been lashing out against everything that abases people: capitalism, the German Vaterland, its anti-Semites and racists: »There is no other, better Germany. What we have are Germans and a few people who also live in the vicinity.«

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Peter Handke

Days and Works

In 2013, quietly and in solitude, Peter Handke celebrated his vocational anniversary: in June 1963 he became certain that »writing, taking notes, drawing connections, and leaving things disconnected would be a possible vocation for me«.

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Italy (Guanda)

Peter Handke, Thomas Oberender

Side Entrance or Main Entrance?

Peter Handke and Thomas Oberender recount the impressive history of Handke’s oeuvre in theatre, a life’s work that is incomparable »in regards to formal beauty and brilliant reflection«, as the jury declares in its explanatory statement for bestowing the International Ibsen Award 2014 upon Handke. Oberender asks as one with profound expertise in matters of the stage and as a sensitive reader; he provides prompts for an inspiring dialogue on Handke’s literary influences, on developments and continuities in the work of this great epic poet of contemporary theatre.

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Felix Hartlaub

From Hitler’s Berlin

Not only in his War Notebooks from Paris did Felix Hartlaub laconically detail the deformations of life that National Socialism brought in its wake. Already as a student in »Hitler’s Berlin« between the years of 1934 and 1938 he had refined his talent for revealing inconspicuous scenes of daily life, for showing how nothing at all was any longer how it had been.

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Ludwig Hohl

The Notes

The Notes – the work of a »Montaigne of our time« – were written between 1934 and 1936, three years during which Hohl lived in the Netherlands in »greatest spiritual solitude«. Despite the short period of time in which the collection was written, it is a sum of his whole life and thinking.

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Anselm Kiefer, Klaus Dermutz

Die Kunst geht knapp nicht unter

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Anselm Kiefer


This great artist is also a great writer. Anselm Kiefer’s Notebooks reveal his strong affinity to language and let the reader witness the process of how thoughts, experiences and adventures are slowly being transformed into visual art.

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Bei Ling


»My home is no longer China. My home is the Chinese language.«

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Mareike Nieberding

When We Forgot How to Speak

Throughout her childhood and teenage years Mareike Nieberding would be picked up by her father no matter where she was, if she was drunk, or who she was with. From a party at one in the morning, at seven after a shift at the bar. Her father was her protector, her comforter, an incurable optimist. When she sits in front of him today she asks herself who this greying man with freckles really is, what he thinks and feels, whether he’s happy. At some point between then and now the two stopped getting to know each other. These days, once he’s picked her up from the train station and they’re on their way, they talk about neighbours and other acquaintances until all of a sudden they’re home, and silent. They don’t argue. They just have nothing to say to each other.

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Doron Rabinovici, Natan Sznaider

Herzl Reloaded

Herzl Reloaded. Doron Rabinovici and Natan Sznaider receive e-mails from none other than Theodor Herzl, the founding father of Zionism. Herzl, Rabinovici and Sznaider enter into a dialogue about Judaism, present-day Israel and the Jewish Diaspora.

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Clemens J. Setz


Imagine you’re a famous writer and are asked to give an extensive interview. You’re expected to disclose information about your interests and intellectual preferences, about the premises and backgrounds, the motifs and topics of your large body of work. Imagine not being able to think of anything to say, nothing whatsoever, try as you might. Well, someone else has to talk about you then. But who is the right person for the job? Who possesses enough information about you and your books? In the case of writer Clemens J. Setz, there was an alternative.

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