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Nietzsche for Beginners. Thus Spoke Zarathustra

A Reading Introduction.

Kant and Nietzsche - everyone knows that they are two famous German philosophers. Some may perhaps remember Kant in connection with 'Enlightenment' or know that Nietzsche was insane at the end of his life, having propagated the super-human.

However, few people have read Kant or ...
Rights sold: Italy, Korea, Czech Republic

The Strangers

An appeal for more compassion

Based on a fragment of a manuscript rediscovered in 2015, this text depicts the violent revolt of the London citizens in the 16th century against the Hugenot refugees. 400 years aft er its creation, the text is still a plea for a humane society in times of radical change. Th e editor and ...

The Bird Has No Wings

Letters from my brother Peter Schwiefert to our mother

In 1938, Peter Schwiefert, a "Half-Jew", declares himself a Jew and flees Nazi Germany at the age of twenty-one. His subsequent letters to his mother, with whom he shared an extremely close bond, document his tragic destiny: after periods of exile in Portugal, Greece, Palestine and Egypt, he ...


You Are Not Like Other Mothers

The Story of a Passionate Woman

"She was as complicated as a puzzle of several thousand parts, and I had to find these parts and put them together," says Angelika Schrobsdorff about her mother. The parts she uses are letters, photo albums, friends' memories and the life they later led together.

Everything started ...

Rights sold: Israel, France, English World Rights, Italy, Spain (cast., cat.), Portugal, Slovakia, The Netherlands

A Life Half Lived

The Life of Constanze Mozart

A novel about the life of Constanze Mozart - an absorbing account based on detailed research.

In retrospect, there are many who might envy her: imagining that it must have been fascinating to share the life of a man who was to become the most venerated musical genius ever to have lived.

Rights sold: Norway, Korea, Turkey

Fake versus Fact

How Populists, Bots and Trolls are Attacking our Democracy

Digital manipulation

The public forum has been fundamentally changed. That which begins as a Tweet or a post practically leads to violence, and has a direct influence on voting results. A veritable information war has started, one that is dividing our society and throwing into ...


The Ghetto Swinger

A Jazz Legend

Coco Schumann was born in Berlin in 1924, and discovered jazz and swing music at the age of thirteen. Thanks to his Aryan looks and his cheeky Berlin tongue, Schumann, half Jewish, not only escapes deportation until 1943 but performs almost daily in bars and clubs, first as a guitarist and later ...

Sigmar Gabriel

Patronage and Provocation

He is arguably the most eloquent speaker in the Bundestag, the German Parliament-but the electorate is wary of him.

Since the days of Willy Brandt, no one has headed the SPD (Social Democratic Party) for as long as Sigmar Gabriel-but among his party members he is more feared than ...


Just Getting Away

Child refugees

Hoping for a life after survival

Worldwide, the number of refugees under 18 is unprecedented. In 2015, Germany alone took in over thiry thousand. They arrive on their own, their families left behind or lost. These are brave young people with strong personalities - but they are ...


Porn Chic

the pornographication of everyday life

The ubiquity of pornography has far-reaching consequences, particularly for children and young people - consequences that make it more than a phenomenon of our liberated age.

The anonymity of the internet has led to a surge in amateur pornography. Explicit song ...


Operation Sea Lion

"I saw Kenneth Strong from military intelligence this evening. ... Strong has a great regard for German efficiency and cannot bring himself to believe that they could have been so stupid, as to send these ... spies ... over here without having schooled them properly and worked out plans by ...


From Obedience to Freedom

Resistance biographies

"My prime objective was to portray people who stand as role models because they knew that the time was right to ask themselves: What do I stand for and what am I prepared to die for? "


The portraits of six people who decided to actively resist ...