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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 ...

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Night Without Angel

Tegel airport, Berlin, 2015: a woman who has just arrived from Munich hails a taxi. Nico, the driver, soon realises that he recognises the passenger in his rearview mirror. Back in 1991 Nico and Jule spent a short but intensely passionate night together in the wake of a demonstration against the ...

Whitsun Sacrifice

Just how free are we?

A bizarre murder: the body of a prostitute is discovered in the garden of a Free Church parish hall. There's a note in her skull bearing the religious epigram: "the truth will set you free".

When Detective Anton Glauberg returns home ...


What Love Is

Roland Ziegler is a confident 36-year-old entrepreneur. One day he bumps into Zoe, a young jazz singer, in Berlin. To his surprise, she agrees to go with him to Amsterdam, where he falls deeply in love with her. But his family history and his company's shady past are beginning to close in.


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 ...


Joana Mandelbrot And I

»Everything that happens to us is a mixture of chance and necessity, but the only thing we can rely on is chance.«

A professor of mathematics in Berlin practises chaos-theory in his own life. When he is inadvertently taken for the author of a sensational novel he lets his agent ...


Schrödinger's Bedroom


Erwin Schrödinger, the father of quantum mechanics, was an infamous bohemian and womaniser. So it is only natural that when Alex Gatlieb meets his new neighbour Balthasar Schrödinger, who claims to be the grandson of the great physicist, he is rather alarmed. His suspicions increase

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 ...


Einstein On The Lake

A Summer Tale

Did the great physicist hide his most secret papers at the bottom of Lake Templin before fleeing from Germany?

Originally the Berlin Senate had intended to give the lovely house on the lake to the world famous physicist and noble prize winner as a present for his fiftieth birthday. ...
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