Portrait Of A Girl

Historical Novel

In the summer of 1896, a grand Swiss spa hotel becomes a refuge for Nika, a penniless beauty whose tortured past has left her unable to speak. While working in the manicured gardens, she becomes a muse to the celebrated painter Giovanni Segantini, who takes her under his wing.
Although he's ...
Rights sold: English language

Make Me Happy

Sometimes, Nora thinks that her mother Elaine will send her to an early grave. Just as she has made herself comfortable in her life with her boyfriend, Nora's excentric mother details her to a special assignment in New York, where Elaine runs some kind of dating agency. Nora is supposed ...


Dream On, Baby!

The fast-paced, witty and thought-provoking story of a modern young couple

Melanie made it in the nick of time. It all began as her biological clock started to tick loud and clear, around the time of her thirtieth birthday: she got together with irresistible Sascha, and soon after Baby ...


Fashion Slave

A sparkling novel about women who have to decide on a daily basis whether they'll have champagne or mineral water tonight!

Cash: 57 Euros and a few coins. Bank account: overdrawn. Ok, so maybe I shouldn't buy those shoes? But then I'll have nothing to wear tonight.
Rights sold: Lithuania, Vietnam

For the Love of Germany

A crucial plea for an ethic of debate instead of an ethic of personal opinions

Germany has a tradition of enlightenment ideals - and another of inhumane behavior. The Allies brought us democracy, freedom of opinion, and plurality. It is time to become deliberately aware of these ...


Individuation

How We Become the People We Want to Be The Path to the I Who Will Fulfill My Needs

These days, many people are searching for their "true selves". However the "I" isn't a fixed quantity, but in constant flux. Christina Berndt has dedicated herself to the big, intriguing question of how we become what we are. She focuses on the creation and development of our personalities, and on ...
Rights sold: Italy, Brazil,

How Germany Came to be Divided

From the Capitulation to the Establishment of the Two German States, 1945-1949

From the four zones, two nations emerged

At the Potsdam Conference in July and August 1945, the "Big Three" - the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the American President Harry Truman, and the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, discussed the future borders of Europe, the ...


The Final Night of the Monarchy

How the Revolution and the Munich Soviet Republic Produced Adolf Hitler

The centennial of the Revolution: an extraordinary historical overview

On November 7, 1918, the House of Wittelsbach fell from power in Bavaria, followed in short succession by all of the other German royal houses. Prior to the founding of the Republic on November 9, Kurt Eisner ...


Contentment

Contentment is a pretty reliable emotion. It may be less thrilling than the euphoria of happiness, but it has the advantage of being a great deal more stable and enduring. Rooted in in a basically positive mindset - a fundamentally life-affirming attitude - contentment is governed more by the mind ...
Rights sold: Brazil, Italy, Taiwan

The World’s Greatest Wisdoms—and their Even Wiser Antidotes

"Everything changes; nothing remains without change", said Siddhartha Gautama, while Harry Rowohlt held that at least Nothingness remains immutable. In Siddhartha, Herman Hesse observed that "the opposite of every truth is just as true", an insight gleaned from Buddhist catechisms. It ...


Scorched Almonds

How Climate Change Is Reaching Our Kitchen Tables

What foods will the future serve up?

We've become blithely accustomed to a whole range of foods and drinks due to their ready availability: from staples such as meat, early crop potatoes, cereals, coffee and tea to almonds, tomatoes, citrus fruit and red wine. But this agreeable ...

Rights sold: France

Twixt End and Beginning

Post-war years in Germany

The post-war occupation had a formative influence on both the Federal Republic and the GDR. How did the occupying forces handle their victory, what were their plans and how many of them did they manage to put into action? How did the German population and the millions of displaced persons cope ...