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In the Light of Darkness Anita Albus • Heinrich von Kleist: Biography Günter Blamberger• The Wanderer and his Shadow: A Biography Gunnar Decker • The Practice of Trust Martin Hartmannn • War Experiences in a multiethnic City Lviv 1914-1947 Dr Christoph Mick • House of Economics Science, Politics & Expert Culture in the Federal Republic of Germany between 1949 and 1974 Alexander Nützenadel • Transformations of Feelings: Philosophical Theories of Emotion 1270 - 1670 Dominik Perler • The Art of Freedom On the Dialectics of Democratic ExistenceJuliane Rebentisch • Alfred Döblin: A Biography Wilfried F. Schoeller • The Dark Side of the National States Ethnic Cleansings in modern Europe Dr. Philipp Ther • East-Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Century Joachim von Puttkamer
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In the Light of Darkness (4) Anita Albus Heinrich von Kleist: Biography (5) Günter Blamberger The Wanderer and his Shadow: (6) A Biography Gunnar Decker The Practice of Trust (7) Martin Hartmann War Experiences in a multiethnic City (8) Lviv 1914-1947 Dr Christoph Mick House of Economics Science, Politics & (9) Expert Culture in the Federal Republic of Germany between 1949 and 1974 Alexander Nützenadel Transformations of Feelings: (10) Philosophical Theories of Emotion 1270 - 1670 Dominik Perler The Art of Freedom (11) On the Dialectics of Democratic Existence Juliane Rebentisch Alfred Döblin: A Biography (12) Wilfried F. Schoeller The Dark Side of the National States (13) Ethnic Cleansings in modern Europe Dr. Philipp Ther East-Central Europe (14) in the 19th and 20th Century Joachim von Puttkamer
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IN THE LIGHT OF DARKNESS
nita Albus shows us things never before seen in Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past; its great variety of layers of meaning that lie within the work. Albus, a poet herself, understands Proust’s representention of the visibility of the invisible amidst a forest of symbols, beneath a sky spangled with ideas. Anita Albus’ study sheds light on the significance of the religious in Proust’s main work À la recherche du temps perdu. In a unique way, she brings together perspectives from natural science and the history of ideas, linking botanical, architectural, art historical, philosophical and religious historical knowledge. On the basis of numerous symbols within the text, Albus breaks down to what extent Proust’s work can be understood as a religious work. As well as its unique methodology and new findings, the study is also distinguished by the scholar and artist Anita Albus’ stylistic brilliance. Due to its linguistic elegance and close reading of Proust’s text, the study is of interest not only to an academic readership, but also to lovers of Proust and literature in general. The four-colour illustrations clarify the argumentation and render the work as an attractively designed book.
Anita Albus is a painter and writer, and lives in Munich and Burgundy. Her minutely detailed nature studies of plants, birds and butterflies have been widely exhibited. She has written short stories (including “Liebesbande”), novels (Farfallone) and a number of volumes of essays on art history including “Die Kunst der Künste.” Her most recent publication was the book Von seltenen Vögeln. She has received various awards for her wide range of artistic work.
This study is of interest not only to an academic readership, but also to lovers of Proust and literature in general.
German Titles: Im Licht der Finsternis. Über Proust | S. Fischer Verlag GmbH | 2011 | 224 pages Rights Contact: Ricarda von Bergen | firstname.lastname@example.org Markus Hoffman | email@example.com
HEINRICH VON KLEIST
Marking the 200th anniversary of Heinrich von Kleist’s death.
leist has fascinated readers like no other German writer. But what was his secret? Where does the tragedy in his life originate? What does his work have to say to us today? In his ma jor biography, Günter Blamberger sketches a new Kleist. Unlike other biographers, he does not start the story at the end with the writer’s suicide, instead choosing an open perspective, the present tense, the moment as Kleist himself experienced it. He thus succeeds in revealing the unsettling and the astonishing, showing the incendiary side to Kleist’s life and work. The result is a page-turning, vivid portrait of one of Germany’s great literary geniuses – the definitive biography for our times. Günter Blamberger is an internationally recognized expert on Kleist, who presents the sum of his research in this book. Kleist is one of Germany’s most important classic writers, also highly respected abroad. Günter Blamberger’s book sets new standards, which have already been acknowledged.
Günter Blamberger, born in 1951, is a professor of modern German literature at the University of Cologne and heads the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, which investigates reifications of creativity or death in intercultural comparison with international fellows. He has also been President of the Heinrich von Kleist Society since 1996 and edits the Kleist Yearbook.
“This new biography is certain to remain the definitive Life of Kleist for a generation” -Times Literary Supplement
German Title | Heinrich von Kleist. Biographie | S. Fischer Verlag GmbH | 2011 | 608 pages Rights Contact: Ricarda von Bergen | firstname.lastname@example.org Markus Hoffman | email@example.com
THE WANDERER AND HIS SHADOW
eneath the Wheel, Steppenwolf and The Glass Bead Game: Hermann Hesse’s seminal novels constitute an introduction to world literature for many readers today. Each new generation discovers some central, transcendental facet in these books, that has contributed to Hesse’s continuing and sustained international popularity. To mark the 50th anniversary of Hesse’s death on August 9th 2012, Gunnar Decker presents a comprehensive new biography. Decker liberates Hesse from the ideological misrepresentations foisted on him over the last century, instead portraying him as a man beset by lifelong crises and self-doubt. Born into a devout Lutheran-Pietist family, Hesse found his way to writing only by way of a painfully circuitous route. All his life he remained a maverick, a recluse who could only bear married life by keeping his wives at arm’s length. His feeling of being a stranger to his fellow man imbued his writing with a profound sense of alienation – yet at the same time Hesse’s work always promises fresh beginnings and the hope of a better life. His extensive correspondence, much of it only recently discovered, offers conclusive evidence of the extent to which Hesse’s life and his work were inextricably linked, demonstrating how he wove the very fabric of his existence into his writing. Decker’s new biography emphasises Hesse’s continuing relevance – as a visionary defender of the intellect and spirit in an age of mass consumption and popular culture.
Gunnar Decker was born in 1965. He is a graduate philosopher who lives and works in Berlin as a fulltime writer. Editor of the journal Theater der Zeit, his most recent publications include Gottfried Benn: Genie und Barbar (2006), Franz Fühmann Die Kunst des Scheiterns (2009) and Georg Heym. Ich, ein zerrissenes Meer (2011).
T this day, Hermann o Hesse is still the most w idely read German author, w approxiith mately 80 million copies sold worldw ide.
German Title: Hermann Hesse: Der Wanderer und sein Schatten | Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG | 2012 | 592 pages | Rights Contact: Friederike Barakat | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PRACTICE OF TRUST
rust is an omnipresent topic. Whether speaking of political sullenness, the banking crisis or abuse scandals – trust is always presupposed as a central resource of social action that is difficult to create but that can easily be destroyed. But what is trust? How is it generated, and how is it destroyed? Whom shall we trust, whom shall we distrust? In this profound study, Martin Hartmann attempts to define trust from both a conceptual and a historical perspective. He frequently illustrates his theoretical reflections with concrete examples taken from politics, economy and the sphere of the family. Trust, he shows, does not diminish complexity as many might think, but is in itself a highly complex phenomenon that highlights how fragile and demanding processes of creating trust can be. Martin Hartmann’s book represents the hitherto most profound theoretical and historical work on the notion and practice of trust, both according to national and international standards. Since trust plays an eminent role both in the private (family, relationships) and in the public (economy, politics) sphere, a close examination of the concept of trust is essential for the humanities, as various journalistic responses, such as in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung or the Zeit have shown.
Martin Hartmann is professor of philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at Luzern University.
Martin Hartmann’s book represents the hitherto most profound theoretical and historical work on the notion and practice of trust.
German Title: Die Praxis des Vertrauens | Suhrkamp Verlag GmbH & Co. KG | 2011 | 529 pages Rights Contact: Petra Hardt | email@example.com
WAR EXPERIENCES IN A MULTIETHNIC CITY
LVIV 1914 - 1947
he book tells the story of the Ukrainian city Lviv in the first half of the 20th century. Between 1914 and 1945 the city experienced seven regime changes, including spells of Russian, Soviet and German occupation. Dr. Christioph Mick analyzes typical conflicts of Eastern Europe: ethnic conflicts, in this case between Poles, Ukrainians and Jews; the effects of regime and occupation changes on the relations between these ethnicities; and the role of memory conflicts in ethnic relations. The book is a contribution to genocide (Holocaust) studies, to the history of the First and Second World War in Eastern Europe, to studies into ethnic conflicts and the connection between war, remembrance and nation building. For author Dr. Christoph Mick the conflicts and tragic developments in the inter-war period and during the Second World War cannot be properly understood without looking into the history of the First World War and the subsequent revolutionary, civil and nation building wars. This book is a rare attempt to treat the period between 1900 and 1947 as an entity. The author employs the history of experience methodology (Erfahrungsgeschichte) which was developed in a Special Research Area of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft at the University of Tübingen. This particular approach allows the author an opporutnity to analyze the experiences of the different ethnic groups living in Lviv with one another other and under the different regimes without hierarchically weighting these experiences.
Dr Christoph Mick, is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Potential readers include students of the Great War, the Second World War, ethnic conflicts, Ukrainian, Polish, German and Russian history, members of the Ukrainian and Polish Diaspora and people w famith ily roots in Lviv and East Galicia.
German Titles: Kriegserfahrungen in einer multiethnischen Stadt: Lemberg 1914-1947 | Harrassowitz Verlag | 2011 | 642 pages | Rights Contact: Dr. Barbara Krauss | firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSE OF ECONOMICS
his book analyzes the role of the economists in West Germany between 1949 and the oil crises of 1974. In this period, the development of exact statistical methods of sophisticated forecasts helped to establish a special role for economic sciences in the rapidly growing policy counselling. Moreover, it explains, why this discipline gained such tremendous prestige in the post-war era.
Dr. Alexander Nützenadel is Professor for Economic and Social History at the Humboldt-University of Berlin.
Dr. Alexander Nützenadel is the co-editor of Food and Globalization: Consumption, Markets and Politics in the Modern World (Cultures of Consumption)
German Titles: Die Stunde der Ökonomen. Wissenschaft, Politik und Expertenkultur in der Bundesrepublik 1949–1974 | Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co. KG | 2005 | 427 pages Rights Contact: Margarita Wolf | email@example.com
TRANSFORMATION OF FEELINGS
PHILOSOPHICAL THEORIES OF EMOTION 1270 - 1670
What are feelings? How do they come about? And how do they determine our behaviour?
ominik Perler employs the history of philosophy to answer these controversial questions. He discusses the theories of Thomas of Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Ockham, Montaigne, Descartes and Spinoza, showing a large variety of explanation models. In his extremely clear and well-written book, he traces how strongly the theoretical framework for explaining feelings has changed. At the same time, he shows that along with each framework, the answer to the question of how to control one’s emotions has also altered drastically. Dominik Perler’s book achieves two feats that are rarely found in the international context: Perler reconstructs the emotion theories of a past epoch while at the same time determining to what extent they might play a role in current debates. The result is as philologically precise as it is systematically stimulating. A specialist comfortable in both the history of philosophy and present-day discussions is a rare phenomenon. Emotions are one of the most important subjects of the moment, not just in philosophy. Through the dominance of brain research, however, aspects relating to the history of philosophy have been underemphasized to date, particularly in the American discussions. By tying into current debates, this book has great potential for closing this gap.
Dominik Perler, born 1965, is a professor of theoretical philosophy at Berlin’s Humboldt University. He received his PhD in Freiburg and his habilitation in Göttingen, before teaching at Oxford University and later acting as chair of philosophy at the University of Basel. Guest professorships have taken him to Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tel Aviv and Madison. In 2006 he was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, the country’s most significant academic award. He has been a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences since 2007.
German Titles: Transformation der Gefühle. Philosophische Emotionstheorien 2170-1670 | S. Fischer Verlag GmbH | 2011 | 544 pages | Rights Contact: Ricarda von Bergen | firstname.lastname@example.org Markus Hoffman | email@example.com
THE ART OF FREEDOM
ON THE DIALECTICS OF DEMOCRATIC EXISTENCE
he notion of democratic freedom not only designates the kind of freedom that is implemented in political institutions and procedures. Rather, democratic freedom in the political sense can only be adequately understood, if conceived as an expression of a culture of freedom that relates to an overall lifestyle. For the first time, Juliane Rebentisch’s systematic history of theory shows that her philosophical critics provide the key for an understanding of a democratic culture of freedom. Philosophers ranging from Plato to Carl Schmitt articulate their critique of democratic culture as a critique of its “aesthetization”. To defend a democratic culture of freedom therefore means to justify its aesthetization. An aesthetization of democracy does not necessarily have to be understood in terms of lack or deficiency, but rather as the pre-condition for our culture of freedom. The author notably refers to classics such as Hegel. Kierkegaard and Rousseau while at the same time consulting a wide range of German, French and Anglo-Saxon philosophers and social theoreticians. Her book moreover embraces a media discursive thinking that ranges from Chaplin to Tarantino, which makes it highly suitable for American curricula.
Juliane Rebentisch is professor of Aesthetics at the University of Arts and Design in Offenbach, Germany.
Rebentisch’s book is indispensable for anyone who engages in the theory of democracy.
German Titles: Die Kunst der Freiheit | Suhrkamp Verlag GmbH & Co. KG | 2011 | 387 pages Rights Contact: Petra Hardt | firstname.lastname@example.org
öblin’s novel Berlin Alexanderplatz brought him international fame, but other than that he is considered the great unknown of German literature and his other works remain in comparative obscurity. Döblin was many things: a patriarch of modernism, the Homer of Berlin, a petit bourgeois and a post-war cultural officer. He was also a government doctor, a mystic, an emigrant and Thomas Mann’s only real rival, as well as a first-hand victim of and witness to 20th century German history. Reluctant to talk about himself, he relegated his own psychological dramas, suffering, anguish and passions to his work; in his novels he was able to superimpose the order of art upon the chaos of experience, which comes across as wild, raw and forthright in his writing. Now, at last, Wilfried F. Schoeller presents the first comprehensive Döblin biography, drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the author’s oeuvre and introducing hitherto unknown source material. Schoeller presents the many, often contradictory, aspects of Döblin’s life and demonstrates how much there is to discover in the richness of his vast literary cosmos. With many years of research and numerous publications to his name, Wilfried F. Schoeller is renowned as an authority on early 20th-century German literature. Underpinned by detailed knowledge of Döblin’s published novels and in-depth study of source material, his book is conceived as a classical portrayal of a life and work. His literary achievements aside, Döblin was a fascinating personality who embodied practically the entire spectrum of 20th-century ideas, ideologies and visions. Born in Stettin (today Szczecin, Poland) to a wealthy Jewish family, he moved to Berlin at an early age with his mother and siblings – this city was to keep him under its spell for the rest of his life.
Wilfried F. Schoeller was born in 1941, was head of the Department of Contemporary Culture at the Hessian radio and television station. A professor of 20th century literature, he taught literary criticism and media studies at Bremen University. His book Deutschland vor Ort (Geschichten, Mythen, Erinnerungen) was published by Hanser in 2005.
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929), was made into a film by Rainer-Werner Fassbinder in 1980. His other works remain comparatively unknown, which may be partly due to their sheer quantity – he was even more prolific than Thomas Mann.
German Title: Döblin. Eine Biographie | Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG | 2011 | 608 pages Rights Contact: Friederike Barakat | email@example.com
THE DARK SIDE OF THE NATIONAL STATES
ETHNIC CLEANSINGS IN MODERN EUROPE
thnic cleansings are not solely the deeds of dictators, but have also been perpetrated by democratically elected politicians. They are the result of modern nationalism and the creation of sovereign national states in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Dark Side of the National Sates book provides fundamental insights into one of the darkest chapters of modern Europe. It deals with the prerequisites necessary for ethnic cleansings to occur, and with the times and people responsible for such displacement, forced relocation and deportation of entire commmunities. This work is not limited to the Eastern Europe, but also highlights the role of the Western powers. Dr. Philipp Ther gives a sweeping look at the Balkan Wars just before World War I to the period of ethnic cleansings during and as a result of World War II all the way up to the civil wars in former Yugoslavia and the Caucasus in the 1990s.
Dr. Philipp Ther is Professor for the History of Eastern Middle Europe at the University of Vienna
The Dark Side of the National Sates book provides fundamental insights into one of the darkest chapters of modern Europe.
German Titles: Die dunkle Seite der Nationalstaaten. “Ethnische Säuberungen” im modernen Europa Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co. KG | 2011 | 304 pages Rights Contact: Margarita Wolf | firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY
on Puttkamer’s book The Art of Freedom is divided into three parts: first, a concise summary of the historic events; second, a look on the main fields of historic research in this subject; and third, a comprehensive bibliography, including the most important international research. Geographically, von Puttkamer covers the area that is now Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, with some forays into the adjoining areas to the East and South. His intent is to describe the parallel developments in each of these countries, such as the aristocratic order of society in the 18th century, the liberal movements in the 19th century, the new national states after the First World War, and the incorporation into and ultimate liberation from the Eastern Bloc. There are other syntheses of the region’s history which cover various time periods and stress a range of historical issues. Puttkamer’s book is different for several reasons, above all because of its thorough treatment of the state of the field. No other synthetic work addresses the vastly transformative recent historiography as systematically as Puttkamer does. Further, Puttkamer’s comparative perspective means that he does not fall into the teleological trap of projecting the nation-state backward. The book is not organized by country or nation, but by historical problematic of particular periods.
Joachim von Puttkamer is a leading figure in the field of East-Central European history with an international profile. He is Professor of East European History at the Friedrich Schiller University and co-director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena, Germany. In addition he has written two ma jor monographs. Alongside his scholarly work, Puttkamer has been the intellectual force behind the new Imre Kertész Kolleg, which brings together scholars from various countries to engage in research and writing on the region. He is well known and enjoys the respect of scholars from the region as well as in Germany, Great Britain and the US.
The historical chronology this work covers is among the longest, starting around 1790 and going up to the present day.
German Titles: Die Kunst der Freiheit | Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH | 2010 | 353 pages Rights Contact: Cordula Hubert | email@example.com
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