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Hannes

Two young men, friends since early child-hood, speed away on their trip into life. Until the accident. Uli believes fiercely that Hannes will awake from his coma, soon. He visits him daily, even though his community service at the "Bird's Nest", a mental health clinic, is ...

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Who We Are

"STOP STARING AT THE MURDERERS!

Stop asking over and over how evil comes into the world. It has always been here. Let go of Hitler, be pitiless and deny the perpetrators their dark glory. Despise them.

Over here! Look at these people, face the real mystery:

HOW DOES ...


The Inmates

Four inmates of the St. Ägidius mental home revitalize their institution's finances and then float it on the stock market. What can you expect, after all, from three former top executives and a former executive PA?

An ex-financial director, Dr. Wilhelm Löhring is ...


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 ...


Swimming

Swimming is a special art. It is not only a sport or a way to stay afloat; it is also the most immediate experience of water and its variability. John von Düffel, author and long-distance swimmer, accounts for the various contacts of a swimmer with his element, of his exposedness, his ...


Together Can be Even Harder

There are new adventures in store for the likeable gang of senior squatters. Rosa (71), Konrad (72) and Leo (73) live in a dilapidated old villa, along with the money they have acquired by underhand means - money they intend to launder through a variety of fanciful ventures. When granddaughter ...


Beset by Concerns

A life between Capri and Sylt

A sensitive, humorous portrait of a remarkable woman. Subtly and unpretentiously, Claretta Cerio describes her childhood and teenage years between 1927 and 1945, which she spent divided between two vastly different island worlds. On the one hand, Capri is her mother's home, and it is here that ...


Sometimes, Life is Elsewhere

Welcome to Gregor's World

"You look very pretty today," Gregor told the clerk at the indoor pool. A tiny, astonished smile brightened the woman's face…"

Gregor is fourteen and somehow different. He wears strange clothes, has a very strict sense of tidiness, ...


Saving an Entire World

A Jewish girl, an Arab doctor - an amazing story

New York City, late 1990s. At a family reunion, Bella Servos recalls her childhood growing up in a Jewish family in Berlin, but hardly anyone is interested in listening to her memories. Time and history have left her behind, ...


The Book Cat

About people, cats and books

The cat, the unfathomable creature. We think we know everything about them, yet we actually know nothing. Cats are knowledgeable about peculiar things that remain hidden to us. They have purred their way through the millennia, and are acquainted ...


Gustafsson’s Jul

A Swedish Christmas Story

A magical Christmas in snowy Sweden

"The painting was once again hanging in the hallway, in the exact same spot where he had hung it up all those years ago. She had passed away three months later. After that, he could no longer bear to look at it, but now it warmed his heart.


Westermann and Fräulein Gabriele

Richard Westermann is an IT executive with a tendency to brood and a penchant for cemeteries. At Höfer's funeral, Westermann falls in love with the deceased author's portable typewriter. And so the machine-an old Gabriele model-becomes an essential part of his life. When Westermann finds ...