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Men

Some of the many

Jochen, Oliver, Bill - almost half of the human race is composed of men. They still set the tone for many issues, even though their facade started to crack a long time ago. Enough of a reason to look more closely. What facets characterize the other gender? With a woman's eyes, Johanna Adorján ...

The Freedom to Be Free

What is freedom, are we born free or is freedom conveyed to us by others? Can it be taken away? Is freedom only an absence of fear and constraint or does it not rather imply the need to take part in the political and social discourse? Th is essay by Hannah Arendt was fi rst published in German by ...

Leavers’ Ball

"People tell each other stories in order to survive-but for death they need music." Marten feels most at home in graveyards: they are quiet and their trees offer plenty of shade. Even as a child he was the odd one out-and as an adult he takes up the profession that fits him like a lid fits ...

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.


Corvine Secrets

It is 1959, and friends Ruth and Christa are enjoying their last summer holidays before the school leaving exams. During a lunchtime swim they meet Erich, a young man who is a member of a group of evangelical Christians. Little do they know Christa will soon secretly be accompanying Erich to ...


Alicia’s Hunt for a Mandarin Duck

Three friends in their mid-forties, a turbulent trip through China and a cascade of incredible surprises

Alicia and Theo, Didi and Gregor: two married couples in their mid-forties who happen to be friends. When Gregor is killed in an accident, the group's equilibrium is compromised, since ...


The Apple Collector

a novel

Germany, 1965. Elizabeth has had a strict Catholic upbringing in a small village and dreams of leading an independent life in the city. That summer, she falls in love for the first time: with Giorgio, a young Italian guest worker. But shortly before his departure, Giorgio confesses that he is ...

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The Estranged Daughter

Everyone in Paris knows him: Mr Cho, the mysterious tea master, who lives a life of lonely seclusion. One day a young woman turns up at his shop and asks him to perform a traditional tea ceremony for her. Escorting Lin to the door after the ritual is over, he is stunned when she bids him ...


The Nine-Spice Blend

A Christmas Story

One winter's day just before Christmas, Sami discovers a little glass vial full of unrecognisable grains in a graveyard. He takes the vial to the nearest pharmacy, where petite red-headed pharmacist Katharina sniffs at it, then blushes crimson and bashfully discloses the nature of its ...


The Other Death

A man without memory. But the past catches up with him…

After an accident that virtually destroys his face, the life of German entrepreneur Max Winther is hanging by a thread. Two years and countless plastic surgery operations later, he is able to leave the specialist ...


November Ashes

Artfully draped over a tombstone, the body of a young man is discovered in a graveyard on Lake Constance. At the same time, terrible news awaits Marie, an artist: Erik, the husband of her best friend Paula, has died while skydiving. Marie refuses to believe it was suicide, so she decides to ...


Forgotten by Autumn

Three women, three lives.

It's too late for reconciliation: for ten years Maja Sternberg has had no contact with her mother Lilli - and now Lilli is dead. The police in Vienna suspect suicide, but Maja doesn't want to believe it. In her mother's flat, she finds Lilli's birth ...