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 ...


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 ...

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, ...


The Strangers

An appeal for more compassion

Based on a fragment of a manuscript rediscovered in 2015, this text depicts the violent revolt of the London citizens in the 16th century against the Hugenot refugees. 400 years aft er its creation, the text is still a plea for a humane society in times of radical change. Th e editor and ...

The Airship

Senior Councillor Neise has decided to cross the Atlantic to America in the luxurious zeppelin Berlin. It's the 1920s, the world is filled with motion and Neise is eager to escape the humdrum routine of his desk job. But it soon becomes all too evident that there's something fishy going on ...


The Book of Impositions

We really oughtn't drive. It's too undemanding. But are we not constantly exposed to all sorts of minor irritations on the train as well? Do we just need to turn a deaf ear more often? What's happened to common courtesy? Can an artist be badly dressed? Why is mediocrity so often a success?


The Giant

Tilman was supposed to be a roofer - just like his father and grandfather - but it wasn't long before his size prevented him from following in their footsteps. At two metres thirty-nine, he is the tallest man in Germany. As Tilman continues to gain in height, he loses his girlfriend and his job ...

Rights sold: France

Vera's Daughter

To this day, Katharina doesn't know why her lover disappeared… or where to. Did he leave her? Or might he have ended up being murdered? One day she chances upon the novel Frau Sartoris and can't get it out of her mind because it seems to be telling her own story. A ...

Rights sold: Turkey

Minor Transgressions

Selma Craiss wakes up one morning and finds she's in love - but not with her long-standing partner Wolfgang. As a well-versed cultural theorist, she immediately sets about stifling her embryonic feelings beneath a thick layer of analytical interpretation in order to nip this ...


De-coding the Butterflies

Peter Nauten leads the life of an amiable loner in post-war Germany. He is forced to accept early on that he's unlikely to achieve much as far as acceptable middle-class values are concerned. His classical language studies end in disaster, he soon gets sacked from his position in an ...


Frau Sartoris

At first sight, Margarethe Sartoris seems a perfectly normal, unassuming woman. She lives in a small German village and respects her lethargic, routine-bound husband Ernst, loves her mother-in-law and has a headstrong daughter. Even though she refuses to allow herself any high-flying ...

Rights sold: English language, Turkey

The Bird Has No Wings

Letters from my brother Peter Schwiefert to our mother

In 1938, Peter Schwiefert, a "Half-Jew", declares himself a Jew and flees Nazi Germany at the age of twenty-one. His subsequent letters to his mother, with whom he shared an extremely close bond, document his tragic destiny: after periods of exile in Portugal, Greece, Palestine and Egypt, he ...