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Being On Fire

"Hartmut lived with us. Yesterday he set himself on fire."

When it comes to soccer, ten-year-old Hanno Kelsterberg knows everything there is to know. This is also true when it comes to staging demonstrations. For the past two years, the ascetic protester Hartmut Gründler has been ...

Rights sold: Arab language

The Remnants

It's autumn and the landlord of number 13, the only unrenovated house left on Hebelstrasse, has been vacating the building of its tenants for the past two years. 55-year-old janitor Karl Kramer, 72-year-old Elisabeth Buttkies, a retired German teacher, and Marina, a 28-year-old part-time student ...

Neighbours

Anne Liebert fled to the West as a child just before the Wall came down. Later on she returned to East Berlin, eking out a living for herself and her daughter Marie as a geriatric nurse. One of her charges is quietly waiting for the end of his life-but when Anne coerces pensioner Karl Fritzsche ...


We'll Meet Again in the Hereafter

The last night of Heinrich von Kleist und Henriette Vogel

On November 21 st 1811, on the shores of Lake Wannsee near Potsdam, the writer and dramatist Heinrich von Kleist shot first Henriette Vogel and then himself.

On the day of his death, Kleist composed a letter to his sister Ulrike, writing these now-famous words: "The truth ...


A Short Story About A Woman Who Couldn’t Be Faithful


Outwardly Eva's life appears to be almost perfect: a house and garden on the outskirts of Berlin, three children, an arty husband and - a lover. Whilst on holiday in Norway she comes across a painting by Edvard Munch and is thunderstruck by its impact upon her. After this ...