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Hannes

Two young men, friends since early childhood, speed away on their trip into life. Until the accident. Uli believes fiercely that Hannes will awake from his coma, soon. He visits him daily, even though his community service at the "Bird's Nest", a mental health clinic, is quite demanding. At the ...

Rights sold: France, Italy, The Netherlands, Israel, Korea

Who We Are

"STOP STARING AT THE MURDERERS!

Stop asking over and over how evil comes into the world. It has always been here. Let go of Hitler, be pitiless and deny the perpetrators their dark glory. Despise them.

Over here! Look at these people, face the real mystery:

HOW DOES ...


The Inmates

Four inmates of the St. Ägidius mental home revitalize their institution's finances and then float it on the stock market. What can you expect, after all, from three former top executives and a former executive PA?

An ex-financial director, Dr. Wilhelm Löhring is ...


The Inheritance

"I was always alone. With my mother. My mother was always alone. With me. My mother lived for me and destroyed her life. But not mine. Someone else did that."


As a child, Wolf slept during the day and was awake at night. He was only allowed to leave their apartment if ...


The German Passion for Pasta Salad and Other Strange Stories

24 short stories

Rafik Schami has been living in Germany for almost 40 years now, but he has not lost his marvelling and critical look at German everyday life. In his inimitable charming way he writes about the Germans and their linguistical quirks, is astonished about the unshakeable consistency with which ...

Rights sold: Italy

Swimming

Swimming is a special art. It is not only a sport or a way to stay afloat; it is also the most immediate experience of water and its variability. John von Düffel, author and long-distance swimmer, accounts for the various contacts of a swimmer with his element, of his exposedness, his ...


Flying Sparks

a novel

"We're all just flying sparks, Curly, for the brief moment we call life."

Elvira wasn't even seventeen when she had her first child, and eighteen when she had her second. The father has long since returned to Jamaica by the time she gives birth to Curly, her ...


Together Can be Even Harder

There are new adventures in store for the likeable gang of senior squatters. Rosa (71), Konrad (72) and Leo (73) live in a dilapidated old villa, along with the money they have acquired by underhand means - money they intend to launder through a variety of fanciful ventures. When granddaughter ...

Volume: 2

Mathilda, or Someone Always Dies

Dettebüll - where appearances are the most deceptive

Mathilda loves Dettebüll. She has lived here on her mother's farmstead since infancy - and for over forty years with her husband Gunnar. Changes are torture for her. Her children have long since fl own the proverbial coop. ...


The Game of the Night Girls

Sixteen-year-old Annamaria will never forget that "Dirty Thursday": A harmless Carnival tradition spells doom for the young girl. And yet no one is willing to believe what happened to Annamaria, who has been living with a negligent and unloving foster mother since her parents' untimely deaths.


The Forest Calls

The new meerkat novel from the bestselling author Moritz Matthies


The zoo in Berlin needs money, and so director Windhoeck unceremoniously sells the beloved mob of meerkats to a garden centre in ice-cold Oslo. At the last second, the mob manages to escape, thanks to ...


Stay Away from Gretchen

An impossible love story

A great love during dark times

A young woman, an African-American Gi and the secret of a forbidden love


The well-known Cologne news anchor Tom Monderath is worried about his 84-year-old mother Greta, who is growing increasingly forgetful. What was initially an ...