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Das kommunistische Postskriptum (Komunisms. Post Scriptum.)

By: Boris Groys
The Communist Postscript analyses the interrelations between Communism, philosophy and language from the point of view of the philosophical left. It is evident that Latvian society instinctively takes an extremely sceptical attitude to this viewpoint, since it was poisoned all too purposefully by Marxism-Leninism in the past. Perhaps it even transpires that we have hidden sympathy for the haunting spectre of communism.More ...
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By: Pascal Mercier
Reading Pascal Mercier’s impressive novella Lea leaves one with a sensation that is difficult to describe, similar to the feeling one has at a classical concert when the final chords of a wonderful melody fade away, slowly diffusing below the deeper layers of one’s skin, leading to an exquisite moment of physical delight.More ...
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By: Wolfgang Herrndorf
Why We Took the Car is a book that can certainly be read by youngsters. In contrast to other novels for young adults, however, Wolfgang Herrndorf’s novel Why We Took the Car is also of interest to teenagers’ parents. Thankfully, Herrndorf manages to tell his story without lecturing or moralising.More ...
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By: Herta Müller
This book is like a poem, every sentence is a work of art. But do not let that put you off – there is nothing difficult there, not a trace of condescension, affectation or stylised posing.More ...


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Die Mittagsfrau

By: Julia Frank
Young Berliner Julia Franck’s novel The Blind Side of the Heart was highly acclaimed at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2007.More ...


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Tschick (Why We Took the Car)

By: Wolfgang Herrndorf
Two teenagers, two harmless rowdies on holiday, driving an old Lada down the motorway. What are they looking for? Where do they want to go?
Why We Took the Car is a wonderful book, a cross between a Bildungsroman and a road movie. Wolfgang Herrndorf tells his story with lightness, wit and intelligence. The book also has lively dialogues and is not boring for a moment. (…)More ...
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Eating Decently. A Self-Experiment

By: Karen Duve
Over nearly a year, Duve documents her experiment with different diets – not to lose weight, but to explore the question of what is an ethically acceptable diet. She researches where the food she buys in the supermarket comes from. She asks herself whether the conditions of meat and milk production are morally acceptable. First, Duve changes her diet to organic products; later she becomes a vegetarian, a vegan and finally a fruitarian.More ...


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Vielleicht Esther

By: Katja Petrowskaja
All the circumstances surrounding the book (and the author) threatened to distort the reading experience and put off readers. The recollection of the family history is often on the verge of sinking into nostalgia. The writer’s Ukrainian roots and her current life in Germany arouse the impression that this will be an emigration saga.More ...
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Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt

Von: Olga Grjasnowa
Olga Grjasnowa has succeeded in asserting herself on the German book market with her debut novel Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt (All Russians Love Birch Trees), in spite of strong competition. The book was a hit in spring 2012.More ...


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By: Wolfgang Herrndorf
The main character is Maik, who is shortly to take his school-leaving exams. His mother regularly goes to a detox clinic, while his father affords himself a young lover. Maik makes friends with a Russian called Tschick from a sink estate. Together, the pair steal a Lada Niva and go off to the back of beyond. Transylvania? Blood? Yes!More ...
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The author very loosely relates the last years of the philosopher’s life to the facts, yet Blumenberg is done no injustice.More ...
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Engel des Vergessens

By: Maja Haderlap
The novel beings like a sentimental story based in a local setting, with descriptions of everyday old-fashioned activities. The granddaughter tells stories that were awkwardly noted down in Grandma’s concentration camp notebooks.More ...

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Noc před oslavou (Vor dem Fest)

By: Saša Stanišić
Many narrators pass through the night before the feast. Many narrators, but at the same time just one. The main hero is the village of Fürstenfelde, the back of beyond, forgotten by the world, by God and by the rest of the recently reunited Germany. This is a bomb crater in a strategically completely senseless location between two lakes, the symbol of a collective present, and also, it emerges, of the past.More ...
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Konzert ohne Dichter

By: Klaus Modick
The novel Konzert ohne Dichter (Concert without a Poet) is set during a period of three days. Painter, architect and interior designer Heinrich Vogeler is preparing for the largest exhibition of his works to date to be held in Oldenburg.More ...
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Georgs Sorgen um die Vergangenheit

By: Jan Faktor
What is it about Faktor that is so impressive? His lightness, for one thing, and the incredible portion of all-round perceptiveness and wit with which the ageing narrator Jiřík looks around and observes the years spent in Prague and its immediate Environment.More ...
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1913. The Year Before the Storm

By: Florian Illies
Florian Illies’ historical panorama of 1913 is made up of more than 500 comments and short stories. These not only deal with the historical events, but with the events and the state of the 'participants’ during that year – particularly personalities from the art world.More ...


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By: Daniel Kehlmann
Daniel Kehlmann is probably familiar to Hungarian readers primarily for his novel Measuring the World. As far as esprit, elegance and artistic quality are concerned, F, which was published last year, is a match for that extraordinarily successful volume in every respect. Measuring the World is a fictionalised twin biography of Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss. This new book is set in contemporary Germany, at the time of the great financial crisis, with back references to the 1980s.More ...
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Vielleicht Esther

By: Katja Petrovsakja
She is spontaneously and unaffectedly sincere, and that is precisely what makes Katja Petrowskaja’s book Perhaps Esther thoroughly authentic.More ...
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1913. The Summer of the Century

By: Florian Illies
This one year divided the long nineteenth century from the short twentieth century. 1913 was the dividing point between what is referred to here as “happy peacetime” and hell itself.More ...
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The Glory of Life

By: Michael Kumpfmüller
There is that photograph of Kafka, perhaps the most famous one, showing him with dark hair combed to the back, slightly protruding ears, a sad gaze and a firmly knotted tie.More ...

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