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Tasso in the Madhouse

Stories

Art and life: tragic and funny.

Art and life - when one throws us off track, the other puts us back on the rails. Or is it the other way around?
In the first of three stories, a dissident author retreats from the public eye in order to save his life and finds in the art ...


Getting Up

A century and a life - transformed into literature

As Helga Schubert's mother explains to her daughter, she has accomplished three acts of heroism in her lifetime: refusing to abort her daughter, taking her along when fleeing from enemy troops during World War II, and not shooting ...

Rights sold: Italy (Fazi), Korea (Marco Polo), The Netherlands (Pluim)

The Inheritance

"I was always alone. With my mother. My mother was always alone. With me. My mother lived for me and destroyed her life. But not mine. Someone else did that."


As a child, Wolf slept during the day and was awake at night. He was only allowed to leave their apartment if ...


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 ...

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 ...


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 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 ...


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