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Evelyn Grill - Vanitas or Hofstaetter’s Desire

Novel

Long listed for the “Deutsche Buchpreis 2005”.

It was not love that drove the ambitious lawyer Alois Hofstätter into marriage with the actress Olga, the much older widow of a deceased client; it was her standing and her fortune, her mature erotic charisma and the not insignificant circumstance that she was expecting his child. Hofstätter's true and eternal love belongs to art, and his passion to gambling. His wife pays his debts, and the child has meanwhile grown into a youth, in whom the practising aesthete finds compensation for the unreasonable physical and intellectual demands of his fading wife. The structure of the illusory upper-middle-class world that satisfies the decadent vanity of both is brittle – in the field of tension between outward prestige and inward discontent. A bitter power struggle which ultimately leads to a catastrophe. With a ruthless eye for detail, Evelyn Grill draws a portrait of a callous but pitiable dandy for whom the aestheticising of everyday life replaces the education of the feelings. Grill sketches her characters in a few confident strokes, in a language devoid of flourishes or empty phrases. She avoids sentimentality and false pity. This is way the way stories can still be told, without the all too palatable flavouring of a moral message (Wendelin Schmidt-Dengler).

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192 pages
format:110 x 190
ISBN: 9783701714056
Release date: 01.01.2005

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Peter Henisch - The Pregnant Madonna

Novel

Ein Mann, ein Mädchen, ein gestohlenes Auto: die Geschichte einer abenteuerlichen Fahrt quer durch Italien. Nominiert für den DEUTSCHEN BUCHPREIS 2005

Josef Urban's one thought is to get away – so a car with the key left in the ignition offers the very chance. It is not his car, but this matters to him just as little as the fact that he has no driver's licence. He soon realises, however, that there is a girl asleep on the back seat. When she wakes up he tells her to get out, but she refuses. Maria, a schoolgirl, is the lover of the RI teacher to whom the car belongs. She is pregnant, and has little sympathy with the victim of the theft. She can understand Urban's escape attempt, however. The border is closer that they realise, and they suddenly find themselves in Italy. Josef is enjoying the trip and the company; but he cannot avoid feeling responsible for the girl – a thankless role, especially as it is hardly consistent with his love for the absurd. Nominated for the German Book Prize 2005 (Longlist)

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352 pages
format:110 x 190
ISBN: 9783701714230
Release date: 01.01.2005

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Barbara Frischmuth - The Convent School

Novel

Barbara Frischmuth's stirring début: the narrow world of a Catholic boarding school, the pupils and their aspirations, the teachers and their rules – the expression of a strict upbringing designed to restrict freedom of feeling, thought and action. The dorm is the place where we spend the night. Out of the profusion of sayings, maxims and clichés, the true voice of the girls – no less skilfully inserted – occasionally breaks through. Barbara Frischmuth assumes the role of spokeswoman for a collective body, without identifying herself with it. The irony is unmistakable. Paul Kruntorad, Nürnberger Nachrichten

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96 pages
format:110 x 190
ISBN: 9783701713758
Release date: 01.08.2004

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H.C. Artmann - The sun was a Green Egg.

On the creation of the world and the things in it.

H.C. Artmann ist mit großem Abstand der Allergrößte. Sven Regener

In the beginning was... – Let the account of what it was and how it was be reserved for other books. But how it might have been – who better to tell us this than the author of these fantastic stories. You will be amazed at what Moses and Darwin kept quiet! He shot at a fish and hit a bird, for in the beginning there was only sky and water; and he brought the bird to his wife, who fashioned a cradle from the feathers, and so the first son came to be.

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160 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701713738
Release date: 01.08.2004

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Peter Henisch - The Small Figure of my Father

Novel

Peter Henisch und Walter Henisch, der Schriftsteller und der Photograph: das Protokoll einer Vater-Sohn-Beziehung zwischen Annäherung und Abwendung. Und ein Buch über die Möglichkeiten der Verständigung zwischen einer Generation, für die die Schrecken des Zweiten Weltkriegs Erlebnishöhepunkt waren und zugleich Routine, und den Spätgeborenen, die das nicht begreifen können.

In this book Peter Henisch, taking the example of the special relationship between himself and his father (a well-known press photographer in his days), reflects on the general background to the generation conflict that was aggravated by World War II. Here is a son who asks, and a father who answers. The narration is overshadowed by a terminal illness, but it is a vivid discussion, as well as the record - however conflicting the attitudes of mind - of a mutual Paperbackroach. The result is largely an examination of problematic attitudes towards reality: both the press reporter and the writer take reality as their raw material. First published 1975, this book has lost nothing through the lapse in time, but has rather gained in relevance. Residenz now presents this version, revised and (mostly in the final section) expanded by the author.

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This edition has been revised by the author.
272 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701713806
Release date: 01.08.2004

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Julian Schutting - Nachtseitiges

Blüten des Bösen: wache und halbwache Alptraumbilder aus den dunklen Abgründen des Tagtäglichen.

Der Mensch ist des Menschen Wolf, davon erzählen nicht zuletzt die Märchen. Allerdings wissen sie die unzumutbare Wahrheit schonungsvoll zu verhüllen. Wie wäre es, fragt sich Julian Schutting, wollte man etwas von dem, was an Gräßlichkeiten, an lokalen Tragödien tagtäglich geschieht und in Bild und Ton zu den Kindern dringt, in Märchenform erzählen? Könnte dies die Wahrheit tragbarer, ertragbarer, wenn schon nicht erträglich machen?

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180 pages
format:14 x 22
ISBN: 9783701713677
Release date: 01.03.2004

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Dietmar Grieser - A Love in Vienna

Stories

Eine amouröse Porträtgalerie vor dem Hintergrund Wiens aus der Zeit des Fin de Siècle bis zur Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Bestselling author Dietmar Grieser shows Vienna as a location of picturesque Love stories. These are the stories of 20 couples of the 20th century - all of them celebrities of Austrian history, such as: Gustav Klimt & Alma Mahler Schindler, Rainer Maria Rilke & Lou Albert-Lasard, Egon Schiele & Edith Harms.

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mit 42 Abbildungen 10. Auflage
248 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783853262160
Release date: 01.01.2003

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Helmut Eisendle - A Piece of Blue Sky.

A Novel

Three people in a tangle of love and death

Once a year, on their wedding anniversary, Estes and Sophie meet in Venice for a revival of a marriage which is no longer a marriage. "As a man, one loves memories," says Estes – and after all, they did spend twenty years together. Sophie has already travelled to Venice with Schubert – not really a lovers' trip, since they do not even use the intimate "du" form to each other, but they still see themselves as a couple. Sophie had saved Schubert's life after his first suicide attempt. Months later, he gets up, showers, shaves and combs his hair, dresses in his black suit, takes his Winchester, reloads it, puts on a record of Rachmaninov's 3rd Symphony, drinks a triple cognac, lies down on his bed with the rifle at his side, takes an overdose of veronal and suffocates in a fit of hiccups. A strange and sad story. Estes feels responsible for the death of Schubert, of whose existential suffering he was aware; he ought to have done something about it. Whereas others are all too ready to reject blame, Estes is almost manic in his attempt to take it upon himself. He can and will not resign himself to the inevitability of his friend's action, until he himself comes alarmingly close to death.

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120 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701713561
Release date: 01.01.2003

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H.C. Artmann - In the shadow of the sausage

Skizzen aus Wien

Endlich sind sie wieder greifbar: die Geschichten von Zorro, dem Rächer der Würstelmänner, Herrn Quarglschmitt, der nicht in den Ring will, von Herrn Krabaths musikalischer Haar- und Bartpflege und vielen anderen Merkwürdigkeiten aus Wien.

Er ist inzwischen legendär: Zorro, der Rächer der Würstelmänner, der einem »nadelgestreiften« Kunden, welcher die Unterstellung verlauten ließ, die dargebotene Burenwurst bestünde aus Roßfleisch, kurzerhand mit der Senfspritze ein großes gelbes Zett aufs feine Tuch applizierte. »Der Dezentling mit dem fatalen Senfzett an der Sakkobrust jaulte auf wie der Werwolf von London. Das paßte hübsch in die laue Vollmondnacht, verbreitete einen herben Hauch gruseliger Romantik und brachte nebenbei einen kleinen Menschenauflauf zustande.« Nicht in allen diesen Geschichten aus Wien geht es um die Wurscht: auch ein »schönes Schnitzerl«, eine gekochte Hauskatze oder einen Kellerratz in Pfeffersoß darf man erwarten, und in besonders windigen Lokalen mit arabischem Koch werden Blindschleichen als Aale aus dem indischen Ozean verkauft. Das Café Hawelka, dem hier ein literarisches Denkmal gesetzt wird, kredenzt Nußbeugeln und Melangen. Im Hause der Frau Amtsrat Melanie Reißfleisch wiederum dürfen sich Menschenfresser und andere zwielichtige Aus-länder keine Kost und schon gar kein Logis erwarten. Ausgerechnet in Berlin erschien, gesammelt und herausgegeben von Gerald Bisinger, die erste Buchausgabe dieser Prosastücke, die H. C. Artmann (zum überwiegenden Teil) vor mehr als vierzig Jahren für die Wochenendausgabe des »Neuen Kurier« schrieb. Jahre später inspirierten die ebenso grotesken wie realitätsnahen Genrebilder aus dem Wiener Kleinbürgerleben den Zeichner Ironimus zu seiner kongenialen Interpretation der »Skizzen aus Wien«.

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Mit Zeichnungen von Ironimus. Neuauflage
160 pages
ISBN: 9783701713608
Release date: 01.01.2003

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Dietmar Grieser - Worldtour through Vienna

37 faszinierende Begegnungen großer Persönlichkeiten aus aller Welt mit Wien und seinen Menschen vom 18. bis ins ausklingende 20. Jahrhundert.

This is the book of a Vienna-enthusiast who doesn’t seem to get tired to go through this city with open eyes. He lists a whole range of popular personalities, who also visited or lived in Vienna for several reasons. Protagonist are for example: Antonio Vivaldi, Mark Twain, Karl May, Bertold Brecht, Zhomas Bernhard or Gustav Klimt.

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with 70 b/w photographs
256 pages
format:125 x 205
Release date: 01.06.2002

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