Kolbe de Bruyn Herles Ransmayr Streeruwitz Schützsack FICTION
A mercilessly compelling analysis of wildly different, self-imposed ways of life in a dictatorship The son is a talented composer, living in that quarter of the city which draws so many artists. One knows one another, works together, celebrates, drinks, loves. The father – connected, in his own way, with culture – had left the son, back in the day. But however many marriages and children follow, he is attached to his eldest, is interested in his way in the world. And now that the son is on the brink of fame, his father is at the door again. And so the two of them circle one another in their house built of truths and lies.
In his shockingly rigorous novel, Uwe Kolbe searches for answers: morality – what is it? Duty – where does it stop? Shame – who feels it?
Uwe Kolbe, born 1957 in East Berlin, moved to Hamburg in 1988, where – after years spent in Tübingen and Berlin – he lives today. Since 2007 he has been a "poet in residence" in the US several times. For his work he has been awarded the Villa Massimo fellowship, the Preis der Literaturhäuser, and many others, most recently the Heinrich-Mann-Prize and the Meran poetry award. In 2012, his poetry volume Lietzenlieder was published by S. Fischer.
"Uwe Kolbe's poems: they have long since been among the most important German-language poetry has had to offer since the the 1980s."
Rüdiger Germer, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, January 26, 2013
Even Theodor Fontane visited Kossenblatt palace as part of his "Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg." Günter de Bruyn, in this new book, tells the palace's whole story – from its short heyday under the "soldier king" Frederick William I till today. As with his previous books, the topics are always also Prussian history and his own home of Brandenburg. But beyond this, Kossenblatt is a deeply personal, relaxed-melancholic reflection on life on the sidelines, on death and forgetting, and on the power of memory.
Günter de Bruyn was born November 1st, 1926 in Berlin and now lives in Görsdorf bei Beeskow, where he works as a freelance writer. He has received numerous awards, such as the Heinrich-Böll-Prize, Thomas-Mann-Prize, the Nationalpreis der Deutschen Nationalstiftung, the Eichendorff Prize for Literature, and the Johann-Heinrich-Merck Prize, among others. His most important works include the two culture-historical essays Als Poesie Gut and Die Zeit der schweren Not, the autobiographical volumes Zwischenbilanz and Vierzig Jahre, as well as the early novels Buridans Esel and Neue Herrlichkeit.
Susanna in her Bath
A fast-paced novel about contemporary art, its collectors, and the art industry that leaves the reader both amused and smarter
also a witty and provocative book about men and women
Hans Achberg is addicted to beauty. As an art collector, he specialises in paintings of beautiful women, and as a man, he specialises in women as beautiful as those in his paintings. When, at the Venice Biennale, he meets Susan Palmer, an art agent, he is smitten. But Achberg is faced with problems: the work of art that is Susan turns out to be rather aloof, and a blackmailer claims she has proof of the money in Achberg's Liechtenstein bank account – and of the fact that he never payed taxes on it. When two of his friends – both with contacts to Susan and both with illegal Swiss bank accounts – lose their lives, Achberg has to decide: is art killing him, or is it the very thing keeping him alive?
Wolfgang Herles, born 1950, was managing editor and moderator of ZDF's cultural programme 'aspekte' and can currently be seen on 'Das blaue Sofa'. Until 1991, he was director of the ZDF studios in Bonn, a post he had to vacate because of his vocal criticism of Helmut Kohl. Herles made numerous biographic films, developed many of the channel's programmes, including 'Bonn direkt' (now 'Berlin direkt') and hosted various talk shows; in addition, he has authored numerous books of political non-fiction. Most recently, he published the novel Die Dirigentin.
"By the fire" is for all those numerous readers who enjoy and study Christoph Ransmayr's books
Christoph Ransmayr & Insa Wilke
By the Fire. Conversations, emails, and
telephone interviews on Christoph Ransmayr's work
"Writing can sometimes be like forging a path into the wild: here, as there, boundless, lonely spaces seem to open up in which there turn out to be very few paths one can actually tread." In a long conversation, Christoph Ransmayr tells of the paths of his writing. He is followed into the inner sanctum of his stories by three of his translators and two scholars who have spoken to editor Insa Wilke about his work. They recount the worlds of imagination these imaginary travels opened for them. Out of all their accounts, collected in oral and written correspondence, grows a book about the mysteriousness of subject matter and the exploration of the world by writing, all dedicated to one of the most significant artists of contemporary literature. It is an invitation to journey into the unknown.
Christoph Ransmayr was born in Wels, Upper Austria in 1954. He studied philosophy in Vienna, where he now lives once more, after years spent travelling and in Ireland. In addition to his novels Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis, Die letzte Welt, Morbus Kitahara, and Der fliegende Berg, he has published ten Spielformen des Erzählens, among them Damen & Herren unter Wasser, Geständnisse eines Touristen, Der Wolfsjäger, and Gerede . Most recently, Ransmayr published Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes. For his books, which have been translated into more than 30 languages, he has received numerous prizes, including the literatary awards named for Friedrich Hölderlin, Franz Kafka, and Bertholt Brecht, the Mondello Prize, and – together with Salman Rushdie – the European Union's Aresteion Prize.
Insa Wilke is a writer, critic, and moderator. Her volume Ist das ein Leben. Der Dichter Thomas Brasch was published by Matthes & Seitz in 2010.
Talk. Eleven speeches
"Transforming something into words is among the most versatile and monstrous transformations possible in our world," says Christoph Ransmayr in his lectures – and reminds us that often it is precisely the childlike, endangered, archaic or traumatically wounded aspects of poetry, the unbridled, insane sides of prose and drama, which move, fascinate, or overwhelm us. In Ransmayr's view it is one of literature's noblest capabilities to develop the reader's imaginative faculties by telling of the actual life of the individual, thus immunizing against dogma and cliché, which are the prerequisites of all barbarity, and in so doing, perhaps even catching a scent of happiness.
The tenth volume of Spielformen des Erzählens: Christoph Ransmayr praises and thanks, searches and fights.
On March 20th, 2014, Christoph Ransmayr celebrates his 60th birthday. To mark the occasion, S. Fischer is publishing a new volume of the "Weiße Reihe," the "Spielformen des Erzählens," "Talk: Eleven Speeches," as well as the reader "By the fire," which contains a long interview with Ransmayr as well as conversations about the author and his work. The paperback of "Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes" comes out July 24th, 2014. YOUNG ADULTFICTION
Cold and Dark
* For all John Green fans * An outstanding literary debut * A new voice in Young Adult Fiction: authentic, urgent – a book that gets under your skin! "I feel like at any time, there's at least one person somewhere in the world thinking about my sister's eyes," muses Malina, who loves her older sister desperately. Malina tells the story of Lucinda, who is beautiful, hungry for life, starlike: just as bright, just as beautiful, and just as unreachable. Lucinda seems to live in a different world, to follow her own ruthless rules. Whoever loves her must be content never to be truly close to her. That's just how stars are. And sometimes, without warning, they fall out of the sky and burn up.
Lara Schützsack, born 1981 in Hamburg, completed a degree in screenwriting at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. Her first film, Draußen ist Sommer was shown in German cinemas in 2013. Lara Schützsack lives in Berlin and works as a writer and music consultant.
Frankfurt, Germany: Nelia Fehn is celebrating the success of her book about her recently deceased mother. In the city, she finds her unknown father, who now begins to play his seductive games of deception with her. She discovers that her father had demanded that her mother have an abortion and threatened to leave her mother. Did her mother refuse this test of love to save her daughter's life? Or does Nelia need to reexamine all her mother's secrets? And what does this mean about Nelia's own life?
Marlene Streeruwitz has written a grand novel about the dark sides of love. Descendants tells of the destructive power of heritage, and of the life-long search for a path of one's own.
Marlene Streeruwitz, born in Baden near Vienna, studied Slavic languages and art history and began her career as a director and author of plays and radio dramas. She has received numerous awards for her novels, most recently the Bremer Literaturpreis and the Niederösterreichischer Kulturpreis.
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A unique eyewitness account by a young woman who did everything to survive. Marie Jalowicz Simon
Underground. A young woman survives in Berlin 1940 – 1945
416 Pages with black and white illustrations
In 1941, Marie Jalowicz is 19 years old and – after her father's death – alone in the world. She is Jewish, she lives in Berlin, and she decides: "I am going to save myself. I will not follow along without fighting back. That would be certain death." From then on she has only one goal: escaping murder by the National Socialists. She evades forced labor at Siemens, takes off the yellow star, and decides to go underground.
How she managed the almost impossible feat of surviving underground until the end of the war is a story she tells only 50 years later – in an unflinching report. With unprecedented candidness she talks about her experiences, about her pursuers, but also about others who were pursued, about helpers and traitors.
In a world in which nothing counts except knowing the difference between friend and foe, Marie Jalowicz learns quickly to appraise her acquaintances using utmost sensitivity and perceptiveness. And so we see those she meets in all their contradictions, ambivalences, and bizarre reactions. Her story is matter-of-fact, unconstrained by taboos, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes humorous, and lets the reader dive into the depths
of daily life under National Socialism. Marie Jalowicz, born the daughter of a Jewish attorney in 1922 Berlin, survived national socialism by going underground right in the middle of Berlin. After 1945, she stayed in Berlin and became professor of Ancient Literary and Cultural History at the Humboldt-University. Shortly before her death, her son Hermann Simon, director of the foundation Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum, asked her to record on tapes the story of her survival. On this basis, writer Irene Stratenwerth and Hermann Simon created the version published here. Marie Jalowicz Simon died 1998 in Berlin.
Rights sold: UK/US (Profile); F (Flammarion); NL (Bezige Bij); I (Einaudi)
The Psycho-Trap. How the mental health industry is turning us into patients
Ever more people with completely ordinary problems are being written off as mentally ill – and shouldn't be! Ever more often, societal problems, such as working conditions or the education system, are rebranded as the problems of individuals – and shouldn't be!
Here is a book that fights back! Best-selling author Jörg Blech reveals how doctors, psychologists, pharmaceutical firms are increasingly shifting the line between mentally ill and psychologically healthy, and he reveals how to escape the psycho-trap. An important book – diagnosis: a must-read.
Since his exposé Die Krankheitserfinder, Jörg Blech, born 1966, has made a name for himself as a critical medical journalist. His book has prompted many discussions, was at the top of the bestseller-list, and has been translated into eleven languages. Jörg Blech studied biology in Cologne and journalism at the Henri-Nannen-Schule in Hamburg. He worked at Zeit in the science section and has been a member of the SPIEGEL editorial board since 1999. His most recent works include Heillose Medizin and Die Heilkraft der Bewegung, published by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag.
*Best-selling author (Krankheitserfinder, Top of the Spiegel-Bestseller list) and expert on the invention of illness: Jörg Blech's new book on the topic he pioneered * For a broad readership, the book is partly arranged by stages of life: from toddler through pubescent teenagers through burn-out and mid-forties depression all the way to old age * Enlightening and sociopolitically relevant: Large-scale trend of redefining social and societal problems as individual ones
Felicitas von Lovenberg,
And then there Were Six. My life in an utterly normal patchwork-family
Here is a book for anyone who has suddenly found themselves stepmother or stepfather: what does it feel like to have a family thrust into one's arms? How, as an unpractised "weekend-mom" do you respond to the killer sentence: "But you're not my mother!"? How do you deal with the fact that your partner's ex, thanks to the kids, now knows everything about you, including weight and bank balance? And what happens to this fragile patchwork of family when you have kids as well?
Publicist and best-selling author Felicitas von Lovenberg reports candidly, funnily, and wisely on everyday life in her patchwork family and passes on valuable information to make living together easier.
A book for lovers, parents, stepfathers, stepmothers, and ex-partners.
After publishing her book "Verliebe dich oft, verlobe dich selten, heirate nie," Felicitas von Lovenberg had in fact planned never to marry again. But then she met a man whom that didn't scare off, and he came with two kids. Since then, the two of them have had children together, and Felicitas von Lovenberg and her large family live happily in Frankfurt. Since July 1998 she is a culture editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, where in 2001 she moved to the literature section, which she now heads. Alfred-Kerr-Prize for literary criticism in 2003, Ernst-Robert-Curzius-Prize for essay writing in 2007, Hildegard-of-Bingen-Prize for writing in 2011, Julius-Campe-Prize for criticism in 2013. She regularly hosts the SWR television programme "lesenswert".
* Numerous new sources, especially central are the never-before examined Russian documents * New facts on the Mao-Stalin relationship
The new MAO biography – the first to be able to use thus far undiscovered Russian, Chinese, and Western sources and containing surprising new insights into Mao's life and rise as well as into the relationship between the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. "Great Chairman Mao": revolutionary, tyrant, poet, and "hero of the poor".
It is impossible to understand China without considering the massive influence of a single person: Mao Zedong. Mao brought his country out of poverty and economic backwardness into modernity and was considered the "hero of the poor". But he was also responsible for unparalleled mass deaths. The so-called Great Leap Forward and the famine and bloody Cultural Revolution which followed were initiated by him and executed mercilessly.
In their biography, based in part on sources not previously available, Pantsov and Levine describe in detail Mao's rise within China's Communist Party. They discover surprising facts about his private life and reveal him as a loyal Stalinist who never broke with the Soviet Union – until after Stalin's death.
The new monumental and authoritative biography of the Chinese dictator who still influences his country even today.
Alexander V. Pantsov holds a chair in history at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He was born in Moscow and received his doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has published books on numerous subjects, including the Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution 1919 – 1927.
Steven I. Levine is a researcher in the University of Montana's History Department. He is fluent in Chinese and Russian and has published numerous works on current Chinese politics as well as on America-Asia relations.
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»Comprehensive, judicious, and finely detailed… a great work.«
New York Review of Books
The Risk Paradox. Why we are afraid of the wrong things
604 Pages with 29 illustrations
Dr. Ortwin Renn teaches Sociology of Technology and Environment at Stuttgart University and is director of ZIRN, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Risk and Sustainable Technology, at Stuttgart University's Centre for Culture and Technology Studies (IZKT). Renn has worked as scientist and professor in Germany, the US, and Switzerland. From 2006 to 2012, he chaired the Baden-Württemberg Sustainability Panel (NBBW) and was a member of the Ethics commission "Zukunft der Energieversorgung" convened by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Since 2013, he is one of the science advisors to EU-commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and is president of the International Association for Risk Studies.Renn has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from the Zurich ETH. Among the works he has co-authored are: Leitbild Nachhaltigkeit and Risiko:Über den gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit Unsicherheit.
Klaus Wiegandt is founder and board member of the foundation "Forum für Verantwortung"
Publications accompanying the foundation's interdisciplinary colloquia include: Evolution. Geschichte und Zukunft des Lebens, Mensch und Kosmos. Unser Bild des Universums, Die kulturellen Werte Europas, Die Zukunft der Erde. Was verträgt unser Planet noch?, Säkularisierung und die Weltreligionen, Die Ursprünge der modernen Welt, Die Anfänge des Christentums, Evolution und Kultur des Menschen, Perspektiven einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung und Dimensionen der Zeit.
The High House. A year in parliament
One whole year, Roger Willemsen sits in the German Bundestag – but not as a member of parliament, just as an ordinary visitor in the gallery. It is an unprecedented attempt: All of 2013, he follows every week of sessions, no subject is to obscure, no hour too ungodly. He does not interview politicians or journalists, but instead comes to his own conclusions from observation and 50,000 pages of parliamentary proceedings. As a passionate and open-minded "informed citizen" he not only witnesses the great debates but also those situations which the camera does not catch and which run counter to every cliché: productive work, secret tears, and true drama. The Bundestag, heart of German democracy, works – but differently than anyone thought.
Roger Willemsen published his first book in 1984 and has worked as a teacher, translator, and correspondent from London, after 1991 also as a host, director, and producer on and for television. He has been awarded (among others) the Bavarian Television Prize, and the Golden Adolf-Grimme-Prize. For his books he has received the Rinke and Julius Campe prizes, and most recently the Prix Pantheon Special Prize. Today he can be seen on stages performing solo programmes. Willemsen is a patron of the Afghan Women's Association and Honorary Professor of Literature at Berlin's Humboldt University. His bestsellers Deutschlandreise, Gute Tage, Afghanische Reise, Kleine Lichter, Der Knacks, Bangkok Noir, Die Enden der Welt and Momentum have been published by S. Fischer and Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag. They have been translated into many languages. His most recent book is Es war einmal oder nicht: Afghanische Kinder und ihre Welt.
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Author and Apparatus: A history of copyright in changing media environments
416 Pages and 46 illustrations
Copyright is under siege. Whether it be filesharing or Google, new technologies and actors are threatening what was once protected in law as the value of intellectual work. But is that new? In this rich study, Monika Domann shows that there have always been conflicts between author and apparatus. She describes the developments in the US, Germany, France, and Great Britain and, using two example cases (photocopying and music recording), explores the complex tangle of rights and interests of all participants, from 1850 to the present. Her book demonstrates how old these new problems are and how fragile the legal protection for intellectual property truly is. An indispensable look at the past to understand the present.
Monika Dommann, born in Walchil, Switzerland, in 1966, studied Spanish in Salamanca, history and economics in Zurich and has researched and taught, after completing her doctorate, at the universities of Zurich, Lucerne, Basel, Washington, Montreal, Vienna, and Berlin. Since 2013, she is professor for modern history at Zurich University's History Department.
*The comparison between the development of copyright in different countries is new * Very clearly and descriptively written *
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The Future as Catastrophe
320 Pages and 15 illustrations
Our present seems to enjoy envisioning the future as catastrophe. The cinema regularly imagines the end of the world while science proclaims the "end of the world as we knew it" and literature evokes the earth after the end of humanity. Eva Horn examines the history and motives behind this modern catastrophe consciousness. In so doing, she unearths the factual bio-political conflicts played out in disaster scenarios – from total darkness and nuclear winter to global climate change. But she also shows fictions are at work in the calls for prevention and security, and how we must understand and analyse these fictions. Because determining the future catastrophe always means telling the end of a story which has yet to actually unfold.
Eva Horn, born 1965 in Frankfurt am Main, studied German, Literature, Romance languages, and philosophy in Bielefeld, Constance, and Paris. After obtaining her doctorate, she taught at the universities of Constance and Frankfurt (Oder) as well as New York University. After habilitation, she became professor at the German department of Basel University and is now Professor at Vienna University's Department of German Studies. S. Fischer most recently published her book Der geheime Krieg: Verrat, Spionage und moderne Fiktion (2007).
The Birth of the Present. A history of time in the 17th century
352 Pages and 10 illustrations
Living in the now, planning for the future – all that is second nature to us today. We schedule tomorrow and organize our lives using the calendar. 400 years ago, that was unthinkable. Humanity kept awaiting Judgement Day at a variety of dates; the future seemed pre-ordained.
Renowned historian Achim Landwehr paints a spirited picture of how, over the course of the 17th century, a new conception of past, present, and future developed: calendars, which had always been densely printed, now offered space for personal entries; newspapers discussed the goings-on of the day; using insurance, one could plan for tomorrow.
A surprising history which shows that time is, above all, an idea which we as humans create and shape.
Achim Landwehr teaches early modern history at Düsseldorf's Heinrich-Heine-University. His introduction Historische Diskursanalyse is a standard text for students. In 2012 the journal Werkstatt Geschichte" awarded him its essay prize for his submission "Die Kunst, sich nicht allzu sicher zu sein: Möglichkeiten kritischer Geschichtsschreibung". He runs a history blog at www.achimlandwehr.wordpress.com
*The first work discussing how our modern conceptions of present and future as malleable and planable arose, and how this development changed human thought and action *From one Germany's most interesting and innovative young historians of early modernity * Entertaining (hi)stories paired with historical-philosophical reflections *
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With numerous photographs
Traces, Elves, and other Apparitions. Conan Doyle and photography
Conan Doyle is best known as the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. But his output is far more diverse: it includes historical novels, political pamphlets, historical studies, science fiction, and numerous publications on spiritualism. In these, photography played a pivotal role for Doyle and made a lasting impression on his quite unusual view of the world. Simultaneously, photography allows us to picture the world around 1900 in all its strangeness: to Doyle, photographs proved the existence of fairies, ghosts, and after-images of the dead. This book assembles the actual photos as well as the imaginarium surrounding them.
Bernd Stiegler, born 1964, studied literature and philosophy in Tübingen, Munich, Paris, Berlin, Freiburg, and Mannheim. From 1999 to 2007, he was chief editor for Suhrkamp publishing house' science division. Since autumn of 2007, he is professor for modern German literature at Constance University, where he focusses on 20th century literature in media contexts. Most recently, S. Fischer published his works Reisender Stillstand. Eine kleine Geschichte des Reisens im und um das Zimmer herum (2010) and Belichtete Augen. Optogramme oder das Versprechen der Retina (2012).
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Football. A cultural history
464 Pages and 40 illustrations
For the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the first global cultural history of football!All relevant football nations, and the entirety of football history Since its very beginnings, football has driven people's lives. By linking pub talk and intellectual discourse, this sport was more than just the fight over a leather ball. Now, its history is told as a cultural history: from its origins in England's aristocracy to its status as world-wide mass phenomenon; from its political and social effects to its traces in popular culture; from the mid-nineteenth century over the time of the dictatorships to globalization; from Germany over Africa to Japan, Latin America, and the US, where it is called not football, but soccer. Klaus Zeyringer brilliantly spotlights the world's favorite past-time: funny, knowledgeable, surprising, and very entertaining.
Klaus Zeyringer, born in Graz in 1953, studied German literature, romance languages and philosophy, after habilitation in 1993, he now teaches German at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers in France. In addition, he is a critic for the Standard, Volltext, and Literatur und Kritik, as well as a jury member for the ORF-Best-List and Literature Advisor for the Austrian ministry for Art, Education, and Culture. He most recently published Eine Literaturgeschichte: Österreich seit 1655 (2012, together with Helmut Gollner)
Beautifully written, full of anecdotes and facts
New Fischer World History
Volume 3: The Mediterranean and Europe in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages
Volume 3 of the stellar Neue Fischer Weltgeschichte series – a panorama of early medieval life in Europe and the Mediterranean From the late Roman Empire and the invasions by foreign peoples to the Eastern Roman Empire under Justinian; from the Francs and Lombards to Charlemagne; from Byzantium to the new empires since the Middle Ages, this volume unfolds the entire panorama of Europe from the fourth to the eleventh century. In addition to a fascinating read, Reinhold Kaiser succeeds in providing a new, global view of the continent and its trans-regional relationships. Subjects include Commerce and Rule, Church and Religion, Education and Science, Population and Society. A comprehensive portrayal of the highest level which will set a standard for years to come.
Reinhold Kaiser was professor of early medieval history at Zurich University and lives at Lake Constance. His most important publications include Das römische Erbe und das Merowingerreich (1993 and 2004) as well as Die Burgunder (2004). In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Nancy 2 University (France).