On Berlin

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Klaus Bittermann

Furniture at Home, But No Money for Alcohol

Kreuzberg nights are longer than ever – and world-famous. When the young people of this neighbourhood in the centre of Berlin declare a bridge over the Landwehr canal to be a must-visit, even the New York Times takes notice.

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Bernd Cailloux

Allowed Losses

Bernd Cailloux looks back from the year 2005 to the 70s and 80s in West Berlin, when this part of the city was still leading an insular life and became a Mecca for nonconformists, conscientious objectors, revolutionaries, and bohemians.

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Felix Denk, Sven von Thülen

The Sound of Family

Post-reunification Berlin was one big playground filled with infinite possibilities. In the former no-man’s-land places suddenly sprung up out of nowhere, often lasting only for a few weeks, where history was going to be written. Techno, the new youth culture that would unite East and West spread out from here at 180 beats per minute.

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Ulrike Edschmid

The Disappearance of Philip S.

In her novel The Disappearance of Philip S., Ulrike Edschmid thinks back to the years spent with Philip S., a young man from a wealthy Swiss family. The two met in the crucible of Berlin anno 1967 – he was studying at the film school, she was acting in his first experimental film. Edschmid describes her partner’s slow, steady progress from student protests to the armed underground.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Hammerstein or Idiosyncrasy

A grand opus on the most fatal period of German history and an outstanding figure until now not the subject of a biography. The results of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's research into the life of General Kurt von Hammerstein are presented in the genre the writer so peerlessly masters: that of literary biography.

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Max Frisch

Selections from the Berlin Diary

The legendary Berlin Diary is one of the great treasures in Max Frisch’s posthumous papers. Frisch himself mandated that it not be published until twenty years after his death because of the »private matters« it contained. Now, for the first time, we are able to publish selections of the Diary.

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Johannes Groschupf

Berlin Preppers

As an online-editor for a large daily newspaper, Walter Noack is in charge of eliminating rude remarks and hate speech from various comment sections. He is confronted with the most odious insults a thousand times a day. His nerves become even more frayed after he and subsequently a colleague are beaten seemingly at random by strangers, and his private life is shaken by loss.

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Durs Grünbein

The First Year

Notes penned in the manner of ideas for future use between January 1 and December 31, 2000, these notes capture the historical moment, the start of the new millennium seen entirely through the author’s own eyes.

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Previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Italy (Einaudi)

Christoph Hein

Ms. Paula Trousseau

How do we become – or not become – the people that we have become? This is the fundamental question addressed in Christoph Hein’s novel, a novel that consistently views things from the perspective of painter Paula Trousseau.

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Christoph Hein


With utmost precision and apparent effortlessness, Christoph Hein paints a picture of our society as one in which, behind the facades, lurking catastrophes are only thinly concealed.

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Ursula Heinzelmann

Monsieur Vuong

There is a restaurant in the Alte Schönhauser Straße 46 in Berlin-Mitte that became an international place of pilgrimage many years ago: Monsieur Vuong’s restaurant.

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

The Lives of Others

East German culture scene, mid-1980s. State power entrenches on the lives of two artists, a couple, initially seemingly untouched by politics – Georg is a playwright, Christa-Maria an actress. Minister Hempf sets the Stasi onto Georg and wants him out of the way, as he has fallen in love with Christa-Maria.

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Klaus Hillenbrand

Not With Us

Two young people meet and fall in love in Berlin in 1941. Leonie Rosner and Walter Frankenstein decide to marry, and their first son Peter-Uri is born in 1943. In order to escape deportation to one of the death camps, the Frankensteins go underground with their six-week-old baby.

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Rafael Horzon

The New Book

Ten years after Rafael Horzon’s successful autobiography The White Book not much has been reported about the former darling of Berlin’s intelligentsia. It’s become too quiet, in his opinion. And so, he brings himself to try once more: With a new book, he wants to set himself up as the most important intellectual of the 21st century; indeed, even finally win the much longed-for Nobel Prize. But he can’t think of anything to write about.

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Tobias Rapp

Lost and Sound

Techno is dead, at least officially. In reality, beyond social utopias and Love Parade electronic music and the night-time sub-culture of going out were never more creative or interesting than today. And never so concentrated in a single place: Every weekend young people from all over Europe populate a few kilometers on the banks of the River Spree in Berlin.

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Ralf Rothmann


This novel of Ralf Rothmann is set in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, and starts off in a canteen that supplies its customers in West and East alike with convenience food.

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Ralf Rothmann

Fire Doesn't Burn

Ralf Rothmann has written a novel about the delicate convergence of East and West, as well as a chronicle of erotic desire - a torrid love story.

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Bettina Rust


You love Berlin and know the extraordinary city on the Spree like the back of your hand? You’ll be surprised by how much is still waiting to be discovered! This book will take you to places that may soon become some of your favourites and where you’ll want to return over and over again.

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Karl Scheffler


Berlin, writes Karl Scheffler at the end of his classic 1910 portrait of the city, is damned »forever to become and never to be«. Unlike London or Paris, the metropolis on the Spree lacked an organic principle of development. It was nothing more than a colonial city, its sole purpose to conquer the East, its inhabitants a hodgepodge of materialistic individualists. No art or culture with which it might compete with the great cities of the world. Nothing but provincialism and culinary aberrations far and wide. Berlin: »City of preserves, tinned vegetables and all-purpose dipping sauce«.

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Karl Schlögel

Russian Berlin

Berlin welcomed almost half a million Russian refugees at the beginning of the1920s. In the inter-war period, the city was not only the »stepmother of Russian cities«, but also the secret centre of the world revolution. This is where those totalitarian movements which would mark Europe in the »age of extremes« first ran into one another.

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