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The Loss of Compassion

On the Politics of Indifference

Compassion is the inner barrier to the inhumane. In Liverpool, two eleven-year-old boys abducted a two-year-old and murder him. This crime could have been avoided if passers-by who heard the child scream had intervened. Arno Gruen asserts that these passers-by placed themselves on the side of the ...
Rights sold: PR China, Portugal, Turkey

The Betrayal of the Self

The fear of autonomy in man and woman

Preface by Gaetano Benedetti

The concept of autonomy, which does not mean power and superiority but full conformity of a human being to his feelings and needs, is an important factor of modern psychology. If this autonomy is lacking - more often the rule than the exception - ...
Rights sold: France, Turkey

The Insanity of Normality

Realism as a Sickness: Toward Understanding Human Destructiveness

Much reflection by many disparate thinkers has been devoted to the complex issue of evil in the world, and psychologists have devised different theories to explain the destructiveness of man. But rarely has anyone dissected the causes with such rigorousness as Arno Gruen. He demonstrates how ...
Rights sold: Turkey, Hungary, China, Japan, Portugal, Czech Republic

Angel of Tears

16-year-old Flora is found by the lakeside, bleeding from multiple cuts. She claims to have no memory of what's happened to her. What's more, the different witness statements don't add up to any kind of coherent picture of events, leaving the police with no leads to follow.

Rights sold: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic

Wanda's Wild Heroes

With 2-colour illustrations by the Author

Wanda can't believe what's happening! Dad's girlfriend Inge has finally given birth to a lovely baby boy, and Wanda is just getting used to the idea that she has a brother, when it turns out he's not the only one: it seems Mama's boyfriend, Bertfried, also has a son. His name is Wassily, he's ...

Rights sold: Bulgaria, Chinese (simplified characters), Catalan, Castilian, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia

Maxi and Mo - Love & Co.

Maxi is in love. Totally crazy about the guy. And Patrick, of all people! Who thinks he's Casanova and has just stood her up for the third time in a row! But, this time, he's going to be sorry. Really, really sorry. She's going to make damn sure of that with the help of her best friend Mo. So ...

Rights sold: Latvia, Bulgaria

Wanda's Secret Notebook

With two-colour illustrations

"This is just the worst thing that could have happened to me. It's utterly dire! New people are moving in next door. And that lot, of all people! I just can't believe it"

No, no! Wanda just can't believe it. This is decidedly too much! Fabian ...
Rights sold: Thailand, Poland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Russia & Ukraine, Dutch language, Chinese (simplified characters), Spain (Catalan & Castilian language), France, Turkey

Katharina von der Gathen

Tell Me

Everything children really want to know about sex-and aren't afraid to ask

How much sex education do primary school children need? As much as they ask for, say the experts. And what exactly is it that children want to know? When teaching primary school classes about the human ...

Rights sold: English language, Spain (cast., cat.), Latvia, Taiwan, Korea, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway

Johnny Lackland

A girl named Johnny

Early on, Joana Wolkenzin knows that she is different. She spends hours reading and learns song lyrics by heart. As she grows older, she falls in love with both boys and girls. In the No Man's Land of Western Pomerania in the 1990s, she gives herself a new name: ...


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 World Beyond Cinema

Lorenz, a former librarian and cinema usher, is now pushing 30 and working in a copy shop. One day he holds onto one of several copies of a diary he is binding for a diplomat. He gives it unread to his girlfriend Iris, a substitute teacher, so they can read it together. The diary is the ...


Things We Said Today

Western Pomeranian, 1999, in the small village of Bresekow. When old Frau Hanske dies, her daughter Ingrid flies in for the funeral with her family from Ireland. Ingrid had fled Bresekow many years ago. Her visit brings about many changes in the village, raising questions old and new, ...


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