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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


The Rope

In a remote village, enclosed by vast forests, a couple of farmers and their families lead a content and simple life, barely touched by the ongoings in the world. One day, a seemingly insignificant occurrence turns the small world of the villagers upside down: a piece of rope is found on one of ...

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The German Passion for Pasta Salad and Other Strange Stories

24 short stories

Rafik Schami has been living in Germany for almost 40 years now, but he has not lost his marvelling and critical look at German everyday life. In his inimitable charming way he writes about the Germans and their linguistical quirks, is astonished about the unshakeable consistency with which ...

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A Fatal Passion

A dramatic love story set in Vienna at the end of the 19th century.

Showing remarkable psychological insight, Lea Singer recounts a truly dramatic love story based on real events set in the Viennese fin-de-siècle art-world.

Revealing the darker side of an era known ...


You Are Not Like Other Mothers

The Story of a Passionate Woman

"She was as complicated as a puzzle of several thousand parts, and I had to find these parts and put them together," says Angelika Schrobsdorff about her mother. The parts she uses are letters, photo albums, friends' memories and the life they later led together.

Everything started ...

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