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Art as a million dollar project

In our capitalist society, works of art represent the ultimate status symbol. The art market is booming, prices are rocketing. Why is it that people are willing to spend millions of dollars on works by van Gogh, Klimt, Keith Haring or Gerhard Richter ...

Rights sold: Russia, Korea, Hungary, Italy, Taiwan

I Wore the Yellow Star

With photographs

Many members of the older generation remember how the Nazis determined the course of their childhood without having understood it at the time. What did the sons and daughters of Jewish parents go through?

Inge Deutschkron grew up in Berlin and personally experienced the consequences of ...

Rights sold: Romania, Russia

Treasure Hunting in the Caribbean

dtv Tiger Eye - Treasure Hunt

Luzie's father, Captain Tim Timm is unexpectedly hired by a shipping company that specialises in salvaging shipwrecks - and for Luzie that means summer holidays in the Caribbean! However it has to be said that life on board the Constantina is far from idyllic, as Elena Wagner, the company's ...

Rights sold: Latvia, Korea, Poland, Chinese (simplified characters), Turkey

Summer Storm

A summer’s day that starts out all bright and sunny and by its end nothing is ever the same again – that is the day when Annika's cousin Ginie disappears. Just a short while ago the two of them had been sunbathing by the water’s edge with Annika's friends Steffi, Rüdiger and ...

Rights sold: English World Rights

Sweet Occupation

"If you look your enemy in the eye, he's no longer your enemy."

Five men in their middle years: convicted former terrorists Muhammad, Suleiman and Jamil from the occupied territories and Israeli refuseniks Chen and Amil. Five former prisoners who founded the Peace Movement after ...


Cross-countries

What is it we're looking for-in ourselves, in others, in faraway places?

Berlin, summer 2013: Clara, a young doctor, quite literally runs into Amal when their bicycles are involved in a minor collision. Amal, a 21-year old Iraqi student, has fled Baghdad and is applying for asylum ...


Who the Fuck is Kafka?

Hatred is an emotion, but peace is a conscious decision

A hotel in Rome. There's a knock at Lizzie Doron's door; when she opens it, she thinks she finds herself confronted by an Arab suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt. In fact Nadim has merely stuck his travel documents to ...

Rights sold: Czech Republic, Italy

The Flow

"Near and far no longer matter; the only distance that counts lies in the space between the familiar and the alien."

Four people in four different countries: Ada from Berlin has made a documentary film about life on the Gaza strip with her friend Judith - but ...

Rights sold: Turkey

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 ...


Immortality Isn’t a Solution Either

A Goethe-Schiller disaster

In 2014, the crisis-shaken book market causes even the sales of works by German classics Goethe and Schiller to plummet, which is why their publisher Cotta sends the two gentlemen (now 265 and 255 years old) on a reading tour. The itinerary will culminate in an open-air reading of Faust. Only ...

The Gift of the Stars

Inspiration is the greatest gift of all
The sage Zhuang Zhou has long been a thorn in the eye of Prince Yan, who views the great philosopher's discourse as highly rebellious. Yan orders one of his soldiers, Min Teng, to murder the philosopher. However, the soldier is taken ...

Whalesong

David McGregor's life has undergone a radical change: the former investment banker lost his fortune playing the stock exchange and has reinvented himself as a (seemingly) passionate whale conservationist. Leah Cullin, a young journalist, is investigating undercover on board ...