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  • Kafka's The Trialby Herberth Czermak

    Wiley 1999; US$ 5.99

    Kafka's books are filled with the blurring of reality and dreams. The "real" world is never enough for Kafka's characters, and they are always left yearning for a firm metaphysical anchor that they can never quite grasp. This book describes a man's persecution by an overwhelming power. more...

  • Saxby Adolf Muschg

    C.H. Beck 2010; US$ 17.59

    Es ist nicht die Heizung, wenn es im Haus «zum Eisernen Zeit» im schweizerischen Münsterburg in den Wänden klopft. Die drei jungen Rechtsanwälte, die als «Trockenwohner» in die nicht geheuere Dachwohnung ziehen, scheinen die Wiedergänger eher anzuziehen, als sie zu vertreiben.... more...

  • Böse Spieleby Michael Stavaric

    C.H. Beck 2011; US$ 12.95

    Ein Mann, der Ich-Erzähler von «Böse Spiele», liebt eine Frau, die mit einem anderen Mann zusammenlebt und mit ihm ein Kind hat, was nichts daran ändert, dass sie sich immer wieder treffen und nach einander verzehren. Aber da gibt es auch noch die andere Frau, die den Ich-Erzähler vergöttert und alles für ihn tun würde, aber auch alles von ihm verlangt.... more...

  • Paul Flemings Kußgedichte und ihr Kontextby Beate Hintzen

    Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015; Not Available

    Unter dem Titel »Küsse« publizierte der deutsche Barocklyriker Paul Fleming (1609?1640) im Jahr 1631 einen Zyklus von lateinischen Liebesgedichten, den er einem Mitstudenten als Hochzeitsgabe dedizierte. Der Titel fokussiert nicht nur einen Teilaspekt der Liebesthematik, sondern stellt den Zyklus in die Tradition der frühneuzeitlichen Kussdichtung,... more...

  • The True Story of My Lifeby Hans Christian Andersen; Mary Howitt

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 8.95

    From the translator: No literary labor is more delightful to me than translating the beautiful thoughts and fancies of Hans Christian Andersen. My heart is in the work, and I feel as if my spirit were kindred to his; just as our Saxon English seems to me eminently fitted to give the simple, pure, and noble sentiments of the Danish mind. This True Story... more...

  • A Doll's Houseby Henrik Ibsen; E. Haldeman-Julius

    The Floating Press 1923; US$ 3.95

    When A Doll's House was first published in 1879 it created a sensation. The play follows the ordinary life of a housewife. Gradually the tensions within her marriage become clear and build to a final, stunning action. The play is widely studied because of its sharp critique of 19th century marriage norms, and its feminist tendencies. more...

  • Ghostsby Henrik Ibsen; William Archer

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 3.99

    Fearing rejection by her community, Helene Alving stayed with her philandering husband up until his death. She finds out that her son Osvald not only has congenital syphilis, but is in love with the maid without knowing she is his half-sister. Eventually Mrs. Alving must face the cruel choice of euthanizing her own son as he descends into a syphilitic... more...

  • Hedda Gablerby Henrik Ibsen; Edmund Gosse; William Archer

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 3.99

    Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler was first published in 1890. Despite premiering the next year to negative reviews, the play since been hailed as a classic work of realism, with the character Hedda being considered by some critics as one of the great dramatic roles; a female Hamlet. Gabler is actually the character's maiden... more...

  • Audun and the Polar Bearby William Ian Miller

    BRILL 2008; US$ 130.00

    Audun's Story is the tale of an Icelandic farmhand who buys a polar bear in Greenland for no other reason than to give it to the Danish king, half a world away. It can justly be listed among the finest pieces of short fiction in world literature. Terse in the best saga style, it spins a story of complex competitive social action, revealing the... more...

  • Is German Film moving towards a 'New Patriotism'?by Philipp Scherzer

    Diplomica Verlag 2008; US$ 30.04

    The 4th of July 1954 marks a crucial event in German history. With a 3:2 victory over a Hungarian team that had not been beaten for four whole years West Germany had won the F.I.F.A. World Cup for the first time. Helmut Rahn's winning goal instantly revived the spirit of an entire country that not even a decade before had experienced huge devastation... more...