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Three recommendations from the German book market: science and technology for children, philosophical reflections on troublemakers, and a new trend in German women's literatureDas U-Boot in der Limoflasche. Mit 100 einfachen Experimenten die Naturgesetz verstehen. (The submarine in the soda bottle. Understand the natural law with 100 simple experiments)
Author: Kay Spreckelsen, Illustration: Charlotte Wagner
Fischer Verlag ISBN 978-3-596-80665-2
Here you will find various experiments to be done by kids and youth. The topics are 1. currents and buoyancy, 2. heat, 3. balance and inertia, 4. about electricity, 5. how substances are connected, 6. about hearing, 7. about seeing.
The experiments are explained step by step. At every step you see a small drawn figure, which does the same thing as you do. At the end, it explains why exactly what happened with the experiment has happened. That's what the teacher at school will ask for as knowledge.
Dieter Thomä, Puer Robustus. Eine Philosophie des Störenfrieds. (Puer Robustus. A philosophy of the troublemaker.)
Suhrkamp Verlag 2016, 715 Seiten ǀ ISBN: 978-3-518-58690-7
This book delivers a great comeback to a troublemaker – possibly the troublemaker par excellence – sunk into obscurity: the puer robustus, the stout youngster who takes matters into his own hands, doesn’t abide by the rules, offends, rebels and sometimes lunges out.
Over the course of three centuries, this figure has incensed the minds of great poets and thinkers in the form of the bad boy or awe-inspiring hero. Hobbes and Rousseau, Schiller and Hugo, Diderot and Tocqueville, Marx, Freud, Carl Schmitt and many others even saw in him a pivotal character embodying the central problem of political philosophy: that of the relationship between order and disruption.
Sonja Margolina (* 1951) is from Moscow, Lana Lux (* 1986) from the Ukraine, Shida Bazyar (* 1988) from Iran, Olga Grjasnowa (* 1984) from Azerbaijan. Each for herself and they all together bring life and cultures which lie in front of the door steps of Europe to the bookshelves of German readers. They make us familiar with what seems far away and alien. Their stories let us realize that wherever people come from, from wherever trouble-ridden places of the world, we all see a life in dignity and in a harmonious neighborhood. As an example of this literary trend we will speak about Olga Grjasnowa.
Olga Grjasnowa studied art history and Slavic studies in Göttingen, literary writing in Leipzig. She is married to the Syrian-born actor Ayham Majid Agha. She has received several awards, including the Anna Seghers Prize (2012) and the Chamisso Prize (2015).
Last year the Aufbau Verlag published "Gott ist nicht schüchtern (God is not shy)." (ISBN 978-3-351-03665-2).
These are two life stories somehow related to each other. That of the young Syrian doctor Hammoudi, who, after studying in Paris, suddenly gets stuck in his hometown after his application for a passport extension has been denied. And those of the actress Amal, who is tortured after participating in demonstrations in the "hell" of Assad's prisons and eventually flees to Lebanon via Lesbos. The author is able to tell so insistent about the civil war in Syria, escape and intelligence interrogation that it may make some of us readers breathless