At the Walls of Paradise

David Ostrich, an Orientalist from Toronto, is about to investigate the legends from the book of Genesis on the Persian Gulf, when he receives an astonishing commission from the supervisor of a giant dam construction. Ostrich is asked to track down the supervisor's missing daughter and, while ...

The Immortal Family Salz

A beer cellar, a luxury hotel and a grandmother who dies twice over…

Resplendent with glamour but overcast by many a shadow, the story of the Salz family centres on Leipzig's up-market Fürstenhof hotel. Salz Sr. buys it in 1914, but his actress daughter Lola refuses to ...

Rights sold: Persian language

Louis

or The Ride on the Ocean Turtle

"You're a damned liar!" Just as Louis de Montesanto is about to start his lecture in front of the venerable Royal Geographical Society, a heckler exposes him as a charlatan. The small man with the massive head was born in a small Swiss mountain village in 1849 under the name of Hans Roth, and ...

Rights sold: Serbia

Notes from an Insect Collector

Old-Fashioned Stories

The horrors and magic of the past

Artists, loners, highly gifted individuals - Stefan aus dem Siepen's heroes pursue extraordinary passions, which all too often threaten their very existence. An insect collector's life is thrown into question when he realizes that, despite all of ...


Nothing Besides Myself

The lives of other - the loves of others

Relationship stories, twisted love stories, stories about loneliness, and stories about the hunger for stories. Andreas Schimmelbusch's heroes are on the run: from themselves, from their lives. They are driven across great distances ...


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

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 ...

A View Across the Lake

"But what if our memories mislead us?"

Béatrice is in the middle of unpacking when the doorbell rings. She's just moved from the city to an old mill by a lake somewhere deep in the provinces. She doesn't know a soul here yet-so who on earth could this be? Outside her door she ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


Light and Sound

How do you get to grips with your life?

Johanna can't believe that she and Boris have never even kissed. Ana-Clara, Boris's Portuguese girlfriend can't be the reason. Johanna always wants to know exactly what's going on - and why. How come one of her classmates made another one his slave, ...