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Spring 2015

    Preface of the current issue
    Lothar Müller © Rolf Walter

    Coming out of its shell – Why it is a good thing that the German literary language was never home alone

    By Lothar Müller
    Hardly anyone knows the name of the town that features in the title of the novel Zeiden, im Januar (Zeiden, in January). It is in Romania; its local name is Codlea, and in Hungarian it is called Feketehalom. When you have finished reading the novel, you will know that there is plenty of woodland around the town, that it is located at the foot of a hill and that the language of those who called the shots in the surrounding area has sometimes been Hungarian, sometimes Romanian and sometimes German. As one reads, one might suspect that sagas merge across language barriers in the narrative’s remote small world.More ...

    Released in translations
    © Litera, 2012

    Maja Haderlap
    Engel des Vergessens

    By Matej Bogataj/Slovenia

    The novel beings like a sentimental story based in a local setting, with descriptions of everyday old-fashioned activities. More...
    © Host, 2013

    Florian Illies
    1913. Sommer des Jahrhunderts

    By Jiří Peňás/Czech Republic

    The book features Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, Heinrich and Thomas Mann and also Oskar Kokoschka, who passionately fell for Alma Mahler that year. More...