FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS Munich, April 2010 Dear Friends and Colleagues, please find enclosed details of our Foreign Rights Catalogue introducing you to all the titles published this spring for which Hanser holds international rights. First of all we are overwhelmed by the two hundred licenses we were able to sell after the Nobel Prize was awarded to Herta Müller last year. Thanks to all of you who made this possible. And I am also glad that there are many other excellent authors on offer from us that are still to discover. One of them surely is Arno Geiger who has now just published All about Sally, praised as psychologically clever, beautiful and marvelous by the critics. Zsolnay Deuticke has a very strong spring with H.G. Adler’s debut novel Panorama which is well worth to be rediscovered. Written back in 1948 Panorama brings to life Adler’s own biography from a sheltered upbringing of a child in Prague to finding shelter in Launceston Castle in England. In non-fiction please have a look at Barbara Beuys’ sensational biography of Sophie Scholl that takes into account many newly discovered sources. There is a book by the great Nordic author Einar Már Gudmundsson on the crisis in Iceland titled Country for Sale and one by Nagel & Kimche author Roger de Weck asking if there is a better form of capitalism After the crisis. The Zsolnay Deuticke list is full of music from Gustav Mahler who was director of the Vienna State Opera as is Ioan Holender to Robert Schumann. We look forward to discussing our books with you. If you have any questions, please contact either Hanser or our agents, as listed below. 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Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 Sally knows what she wants. A stunning novel about love and marriage in our day Sally isn’t very nice to her husband and she doesn’t treat her lover much better. But she’s smart, charming and witty – exactly the sort of woman you want to know everything about: a dazzling novel on adultery in the era of short-term partnerships. Alfred and Sally have been married for a long time; they have three almost grown-up children and carry a fair amount of emotional baggage and miscellaneous memories with them. In 1977, Sally lands a job at the cultural institute in Cairo, and finds a husband, Alfred, there too. From then on, life becomes far too quiet as far as she is concerned. But when their house in the Viennese suburbs is burgled, it’s not just their ordered domestic lives that are turned upside down: Sally is suddenly filled with defiance and a need for more excitement in her life, so she embarks on an affair with Alfred’s best friend. But is it enough to just change men? Alfred refuses to let the love of his life go without putting up a fight, so he finally asks himself the crucial question: what is this life that we’ve been leading together? And what do I really know about this woman, after almost thirty years together? Arno Geiger completely rewrites the great betrayal novel, using commanding realism and comic harshness to tell the story of a love that doesn’t end at the altar, but really only begins there. Arno Geiger was born 1968 in Bregenz and lives in Vienna. Previous publications at Hanser include the novels Es geht uns gut (2005), and most recently, Anna nicht vergessen (2007), a collection of short stories. His work has won him the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize (2005), the German Book Prize (2005), and the Johann Peter Hebbel Prize (2008). Sales to Foreign Countries France (Gallimard), Italy (Bompiani), Holland (Bezige Bij) Es geht uns gut: China (Shanghai Joint Publishing), Denmark (Husets), France (Gallimard), Greece (Psichogios), Hungary (Europa), Italy (Bompiani), Macedonia (Tri), Netherlands (Bezige Bij), Norway (Aschehoug), Poland (Muza), Romania (Curtea Veche), Russia (Fluid), Slovenia (Zavod Litera), Spain (Castilian: El Aleph, Catalan: Grup 62), USA (Ariadne Press) Anna nicht vergessen: Italy (Bompiani), Serbia (VBZ Beograd) FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS F I CTI O N Annika Reich Durch den Wind Rattled by the Wind 336 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 And when does real life start? Four women in their mid-thirties in Berlin In Berlin, four girlfriends are searching for love, and for real life. Surely, now that they’ve reached their mid-thirties, it’s finally going to start happening for them? But instead, all four are at odds with themselves because they are afraid of failure. Yoko is an architect from Japan, successful and self-assured. She only ever needs a man for one night. But she is on the run – from her family, and from the death of her father. Friede- rike is a nature-lover and a bookworm, but she is also in love with a man who unfortunately only loves one thing: his freedom. So she’s a long way from her dream of being married and having her thesis done by the time she was 20. Alison always seems a bit distracted – for her, there are no certainties. Maybe she has a doppelganger. Maybe she only thinks Victor is the love of her life. Or maybe he’s disappeared while on a business trip to Japan. Only one thing is certain: she follows him into the tangle of confusion that is Tokyo. Siri is beautiful, vibrant, and miserable. She has a son and a perfect husband who does everything for her, and she despises him for it. When her seventy-year-old grandmother does what she doesn’t dare to do, and leaves her husband, Siri’s shaky world collapses completely. Does the older generation really have more courage than the younger set? With wit, melancholy and intelligence, Annika Reich accurately portrays a generation that wants something new but is faced with the same old questions. In the end, the four women come to a realisation: they can still support one another even if they don’t agree on some things. Ultimately, everyone has to learn to live their own way. »Her work has a power born of terror, but at the same time it is rich in beauty and a great joy for the reader.« Frankfurter Allgemeine am Sonntag Annika Reich was born in 1973 in Munich, and lives in Berlin. She studied philosophy and ethnology and now works as a full-time author, essayist and visiting lecturer. Her debut novel Teflon appeared in 2003. FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS F I CTI O N Herta Müller Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet The Appointment 240 pages. Hardcover Publication date: November 3, 2009 On her way to an appointment to be questioned by the police, a young woman re-lives her life: a magnificent novel about the fate of an individual under a dictatorship. »I have been summoned.« A young woman in a busy Romanian city is on her way to an in- terrogation by the secret service. She’s travelled this way by tram many times before, but this time she feels a sense of foreboding, and so has packed a towel, toothpaste and toothbrush. On her way there she thinks back on her life: growing up in the provinces, the almost sexual longing for her father, her grandparents’ deportation, the fleeting moments of happiness she has experienced with Paul, even though his heavy drinking is causing problems between them. Outside, rigid clocks show the unstoppable passage of time: tramway stations, passen- gers getting on and off, streets rolling by. All this ought to act as a distraction, yet everything seems to lead inexorably back to: »I have been summoned.« But today the driver doesn’t stop at the station where she’s meant to get off. And, for the first time, she decides not to go to her appointment with the police. Herta Müller was born in Nitzkydorf, Romania, in 1953, and has been living in Berlin since 1987. Her works have all been published by Hanser, most recently the novel Atemschaukel (2009). The author has been awarded numerous prizes, both in Germany and abroad. She is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Sales to Foreign Countries Arabic (GEBO), Brazil (Globo), China (Fonghong), Finland (Tammi), France (Métailié), Greece (Kastaniotis), Italy (Feltrinelli), Lithuania (Versus), Netherlands (De Geus), Poland (Czarne), Portugal (Dom Quixote), Russia (Amphora), Sweden (Wahlström & Widstrand), Spain (Siruela), Taiwan (China Times), USA (Holt) FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS F I CTI O N Herta Müller Niederungen Nadirs 176 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 Nadirs is the book that made Herta Müller famous overnight: an immediately ruthless and yet poetic study of a forgotten country Nadirs was Herta Müller’s debut novel, and yet it is, in the words of F.C. Delius: »a power- fully written literary masterpiece that opened up a blank spot on the map.« In haunting scenes, Müller vividly describes the life of the German-speaking minority in communist Romania, painting it as a sinister anti-idyll within an enclave defined by fear and hatred, intolerance and inflexibility. Dense, poetic language delineates a village life without a trace of cosiness, and a homeland that is not a home; as a result, this book quickly became famous as the relentless chronicle of a sinking world, and constitutes the foundations of a work that has unfolded ever more widely since then. Nadirs was published in an abridged edition in Germany in 1984 – this is the first publication of Herta Müller’s debut in its original version. Sales to Foreign Countries Arabic (Kalima), Brazil (Globo), China (Fonghong), Finland (Tammi), France (Gallimard), India (Malayalam: DC Books), Italy (Feltrinelli), Japan (Sanshusha), Korea (Munhakdongne), Spain (Castilian: Siruela/Santillana, Punto de Lectura, Catalan: Bromera), USA (Nebraska UP) FOREIGN NAGEL & KIMCHE RIGHTS F I CTI O N Milena Moser Möchtegern Wannabes 464 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 We all want the same thing. And we’ve all got it hidden away in a drawer. “I’ve always had more luck with men who don’t read books.” Funny, off-beat, enchanting – The new novel by Milena Moser After many years living a secluded life in the country, well-known author Mimosa Mein returns to the public eye once again: as a judge on the panel of a TV talent show. She is confronted with the real life stories of people who will literally stop at nothing in order to become famous. And Mimosa Mein risks almost everything to help them. A moving, witty novel about writing and ambition, friendship and betrayal, and life’s treacherous coincidences. For a long time, successful writer Mimosa Mein has turned her back on the media circus. However, through her novels she has gained a reputation as a rampant man-eater with a lavish lifestyle. She is taken by complete surprise when she’s asked to be a judge on the TV show »Switzerland’s Next Writing Star« – the programme editor is convinced that, as a scan- dal-ridden has-been, surely the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses will be all-too familiar to her. As Mimosa gets to know the aspiring writing stars, she becomes more and more fascinated by their different motives and life stories. One competitor writes as a form of therapy, another hopes to escape the drudgery of her housewife existence with the dream of a bestseller – and the writings of a third contestant are strangely reminiscent of a man who disappeared under the most mysterious circumstances many years ago. »Cheeky and whimsical – Milena Moser’s novels are cult.« Freundin magazine Milena Moser born in 1963 in Zurich, trained as a bookseller and went on to work as a journalist. Today she is one of Switzerland’s most successful authors. Among her best-known novels are Die Putzfraueninsel (1991), Schlampenyoga (2005), and Stutenbiss (2007). FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS B EAR I N M I N D Sibylle Berg Der Mann schläft Man, Asleep Novel. 312 pages. Hardcover Publication date: August 17, 2009 A man loves a woman, and so she loves him back. What more can anyone hope for in this harsh and hostile world, in which almost everyone is unhappy, and with good reason? But when the man vanishes without trace, we can’t help wondering if there isn’t something awfully strange going on. A young woman is slowly getting older, but to her, it seems all too fast. The men in her life seem to be getting younger every day – although, sadly, no more intelligent. The world is vacuous and heartless, and love is just a marketing tool for selling soap powder. But then the unthinkable happens – she meets ‘him’, her perfect man, the only one who can truly make her happy. »He wasn’t particularly handsome, nor was he rich. Apart from making me feel I was lovable, he had nothing much going for him that I can think of at all.« But then she gets a reckless idea stuck in her head: »We should go away together, I thought, as I got into bed, clambering up to lie along the mountain range that was his belly. We should travel.« Why do we seek change when we are happy the way things are? Why couldn’t she just stay put? They end up stuck on an island with a well-kept beach in some remote corner of China, when the man suddenly disappears. Only the woman is left, and she goes in search of him. Sibylle Berg presents a tale of modern love, using images that are at once melancholic and malicious to describe a world where our only hope of survival is not to be alone – a world that shows no mercy to a woman who, in spite of everything, refuses to surrender her dreams. »Man, asleep is by turns cynical, melancholic and tender – a novel at once brutally honest and profoundly unsettling in its trenchant compulsion to put everything – itself included – under the diagnostic microscope. Berg holds up a mirror to the reader, catch- ing them out with their unspoken feelings: 'It’s not as if I was so impressed by my own soul as to wish for another sharing the same inadequacies'.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar and lives in Zurich. Her most recent publications are the novels Ende gut (2004) and Die Fahrt (2007). In 2008 she was awarded the Wolfgang Koeppen Prize. Man, Asleep is the first of her novels to be published by Hanser. FOREIGN ZSOLNAY RIGHTS F I CTI O N H. G. Adler Panorama Novel. 624 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 From his childhood in Prague in the early 1900s up to his emigration to England – the rediscovery of H.G. Adler’s great autobiographical novel Panorama to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth on July 2nd 2010. H. G. Adler, the Prague-born author and friend of Elias Canetti during their London days, is well worth rediscovering. Panorama, his debut novel, written between June and November 1948, consists of ten frequently satirical panoramic pictures telling the story of Josef Kramer’s life, and is unmistakably an authorial projection. He describes the sheltered upbringing of a child in a town that soon becomes identifiable as Prague, and brings to life a Bohemian village by the name of Umlowitz, the Masonic institute in Dresden-Striesen, and the »tower rooms« of a mystical Czech photographer that is known to the locals as the »Culture House«. He also portrays the forced labour camps and the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Langenstein–Zwieberge, and, at the very end, Launceston Castle in England. H. G. Adler’s book, according to the epilogue by his son Jeremy, is »perhaps the last novel of the so-called Prague school. This affiliation becomes apparent – inadvertently and unin- tentionally – in the name of the hero, which is reminiscent of Josef K. in Kafka’s The Trial.« »H.G. Adler’s works ... survive as a magnificent achievement of courage, art, and the stubborn will to survive.« Peter Demetz H. G. Adler born in 1910 in Prague and died in London in 1988. He was one of the last universal scholars of the twentieth century. An Auschwitz survivor, he wrote definitive books on Theresienstadt concentration camp and the terrors of totalitarian bureaucracy. Zsolnay published the novels Die unsichtbare Wand (1989) and Eine Reise (1999). Sales to Foreign Countries English Worldrights (Random House, USA) Eine Reise: English Worldrights (Random House, USA), France (Bourgois), Spain (Circulo de Lectores/Galaxia Gutenberg), Italy (Fazi), Israel (Kinneret), CZ (Barrister) FOREIGN ZSOLNAY RIGHTS F I CTI O N Andrea Winkler Drei, vier Töne, nicht mehr. Just Three or Four Notes, Not More. Eleven summons 160 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 Eleven times a woman begins to remember, speaking to a man who isn’t there as though he were at her side, and struggles to defend herself against forgetting forever. Since making her debut four years ago, Andrea Winkler has become one of the most highly regarded Austrian writers of the younger generation. Her writing is in deliberate contrast to the standard narrative flow, and with her keen attention to detail she succeeds in creating an incredible linguistic undertow, which carries the reader along in its wake and keeps them spellbound until the very last page. In her latest book, eleven times the protagonist tries to remember. She is troubled by the loss of a beloved man, experiencing an intense emotional pain resulting from a parting that never took place. It is precisely this trauma and her fear of losing herself that drives her to retrace their steps into the past – all that is left to her of their encounters. No matter whether she pauses for a moment on a park bench, walks down a road, or sits on a swing, she always talks to the absent man as though he were just beside her, as if their story toge- ther could start again: »Come closer and share my confusion, my appetite for a life that can still be squandered, the desire for something unexpected.« Andrea Winkler born in 1972 in Freistadt, Upper Austria. She studied German and drama in Vienna, where she now lives and works as a full-time author. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Abraham Woursell Award and the Elias Canetti Stipend. Her previous publications: Arme Närrchen (2006), Hanna und ich (2008). FOREIGN DEUTICKE RIGHTS F I CTI O N Paulus Hochgatterer Das Matratzenhaus The Mattress House Novel. 294 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 Child abuse in a provincial town – Raffael Horn and Ludwig Kovacs, the unusual investigator team from Paulus Hochgatterer’s bestseller Die Süße des Lebens, are back on the job. It is springtime in Fürth-am-See. The restaurants open up their gardens and get out the parasols. Psychiatrist Raffael Horn spreads bark mulch among the roses and worries that his wife may be cheating on him. Detective Superintendent Kovacs goes fishing and thinks about the imminent visit from his daughter. But suddenly dark clouds materialise in the midst of this idyllic spring. A young man falls to his death from a scaffold. An abused child is taken to the police, and it soon becomes clear that this is not an isolated case. Horn and Kovacs throw themselves into finding the culprit before matters escalate further – but this isn’t an easy task, as all they have to go on is a vague description of the offender. Paulus Hochgatterer proves once again that he is one of the leading contemporary authors on the German-speaking literary scene. »Not just your run-of-the-mill thriller, but a story about life and about what chasms you can end up in if you lose your way.« WDR »He is Austria’s answer to David Lynch.« 3sat Kulturzeit Paulus Hochgatterer born in 1961, lives as a writer and child psychiatrist in Vienna. He has been awarded several prizes. Previous publications at Deuticke: Caretta Caretta (1999), Über Raben (2002), Eine kurze Geschichte vom Fliegenfischen (2003), and Die Süße des Lebens (2006) for which he received the European Literature Prize 2009. Sales to Foreign Countries UK/USA (MacLehose Press/Quercus), CZ (Host) Die Süße des Lebens: UK/USA (MacLehose Press/Quercus), France (Quidam), Italy (Giulio Perrone), NL (De Fontein), CZ (Host), Greece (Editions Drepania), Bulgaria (IG Elias Canetti), Korea (Eunhaengnamu) FOREIGN DEUTICKE RIGHTS F I CTI O N Daniel Glattauer Gut gegen Nordwind / Alle sieben Wellen Windproof / All Seven Waves Novel. 446 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 Daniel Glattauers bestselling novels in one volume. With over 1 million copies sold in the German territories and translation rights granted to more than 30 countries, Daniel Glattauer’s e-mail novels Gut gegen Nordwind and Alle sieben Wellen prove that his readership has taken Emmi and Leo to their hearts. In daily life, is there a safer space for secret longings than virtual reality? Leo Leike mista- kenly receives e-mails from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite, he replies, and because Emmi is attracted by him, she writes back. After several e-mails it seems only a matter of time until they will meet in person but the prospect stirs them both so profound- ly that they prefer to postpone it just a little bit longer. Also, Emmi is married, and Leo still digesting a failed relationship. And, after all: Will the emotions sent, received and stored, survive the test of a »real« encounter? And if so, what then? »One of the most enchanting and bright dialogues about love in contemporary literature«. Der Spiegel Daniel Glattauer born 1960 in Vienna, has been a journalist since 1985 and is the author of several novels all published by Deuticke, among them Der Weihnachtshund (2001) and Darum (2002). Sales to Foreign Countries Arabic World rights (Kalima), Bulgaria (Obsidian Press), Catalan (La Campana), China (Thinkingdom), Croatia (Znanje), CZ (Host), English Worldrights (MacLehose Press/Quer- cus), Finland (Atena), France (Grasset), Greece (Psichogios); Hungary (Park kiado), Indone- sia (Darboek), Israel (Keter), Italy (Feltrinelli), Japan (Sanshusha), Korea (Munhakdongne), Latvia (Zvaigzne ABC), Lithuania (Alma Littera), Netherlands (Wereldbibliotheek), Norway (Font Forlag), Poland (Publicat), Romania (Pandora), Russia (Eksmo), Serbia (Laguna), Slovakia (Tatran), Slovenia (Cankarjeva), Spanish Worldrights (Alfaguara), Taiwan (Business Weekly), Turkey (Kanat), Vietnam (V-Point) FOREIGN DEUTICKE RIGHTS C R I M E F I CTI O N Christian Mähr Alles Fleisch ist Gras All Flesh is Grass Novel. 400 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 The transformation of evil into garden soil. Chief Inspector Nathanael Weiß doesn’t have any firm religious convictions – other than the belief that all people are basically evil. Roland Mathis is blackmailing Anton Galba and his employee Helga after finding out about their affair – but then he falls down the stairs and dies. In a panic, Galba, who is manager of the sewage treatment plant at Dornbirn, gets rid of the corpse in a waste shred- der. The police investigate the death, and before long superintendent Nathaniel Weiß appears on the scene – he suspects Galba from the very beginning. But there is someone Weiß would be happy to see disappear: Ludwig Stadler, wealthy and violent, the man his wife left him for. Galba can think of no alternative and so he agrees, in the hope that’ll be the end of the matter. But for Weiß it’s only the beginning: he’s hell-bent on exposing society’s vermin and exterminating them. It’s not hard to find collaborators for this noble mission – and they all murder happily after. »With cynical acuity, Mähr explores the inner life of his tainted heroes«. Der Spiegel Christian Mähr born in 1952 in Nofels, near Feldkirch in Austria. He lives in Dornbirn and is a beekeeper, doctor of chemistry, writer and journalist. His previous publications include: Magister Dorn (1987), Fatous Staub (1991), Simon fliegt (1998), Die letzte Insel (2001), Vergessene Erfindungen. Warum fährt die Natronlok nicht mehr? (2002). His novel Semmlers Deal was published by Deuticke in 2008. FOREIGN DEUTICKE RIGHTS F I CTI O N Elfriede Hammerl Alles falsch gemacht Got it All Wrong Collected columns. 240 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 “In keeping with the time-honoured journalistic maxim that dog bites man is not newsworthy, while man bites dog is more likely to generate interest, there’s plenty of media coverage given to men who fight for their children.” Elfriede Hammerl Elfriede Hammerl’s columns have been appearing in the magazine profil for 25 years, and have become a piece of contemporary history. Every week, the journalist and author writes about her perspective on scenes from our everyday life, with great commitment given to those she sees as socially disadvantaged – such as the female of the species. She examines income differentials, bizarre arguments for »size zero«, bad nerves, the truant’s mother, environmental polluters and the educational elite. Elfriede Hammerl also has a penchant for looking into media hypes such as the »power woman«, who is useful to exemplify one thing above all: women who don’t manage to reconcile the demands of jugg- ling work and family, while earning less than their male colleagues in exactly the same jobs, have simply got it all wrong! As relevant as ever, an assorted selection of Elfriede Hammer’s articles, describing life with a good dose of irony, are presented here together for the first time. Elfriede Hammerl lives near Vienna. She studied German and drama, and works as a features writer for profil, stern, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and the daily Kurier and has written numerous scripts for television. Previous publications at Deuticke include: Mausi oder das Leben ist ungerecht (2002), Wunderbare Valerie (2003), Der verpasste Mann (2004), Müde bin ich Känguru (2006), and Hotel Mama (2007). FOREIGN DEUTICKE RIGHTS C R I M E F I CTI O N Sabine Scholl Giftige Kleider Toxic Fashion Novel. 268 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 The first case in the “Fashion Victims” series – a woman meets her death in a dirndl dress! Gina Sonnenfels, former model and fashion journalist from Austria, lives in Berlin and occasionally uses her insider knowledge of the fashion world to help out Steffen Rheinsberg, superintendent with the Berlin force. This time, the case is highly charged: Gerlinde Presenhuber, an employee of the Austrian embassy, is found dead in the middle of a tourist fair, clad in her traditional dirndl dress. This murder must be solved quickly to avoid irrevocable damage, both to the reputation of the Alpine republic and the image of the traditional clothing industry.Gina struggles her way through a veritable sea of suspects – the murder victim had a busy social life, and pos- sibilities for the guilty party range from the drug-addled dirndl designer to the victim’s best friend, and all the way to her waiter boyfriend – but she doesn’t realise that she is in acute danger of becoming the next victim. The renowned author presents her crime thriller debut featuring the unconventional investi- gator Gina Sonnenfels – the first case of a series with real cult potential. Sabine Scholl born in 1959 in Upper Austria, studied German, history and drama in Vienna. She has been a full-time writer since 1990, as well as holding lectureships at several higher education institutes, including the German Institute of Literature in Leipzig, and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She has lived in Chicago, New York and Japan, and currently resides in Berlin. Her work includes: Die Geheimen Aufzeichnungen Marinas (2000), Sehnsucht Manhattan (2004), Sprachlos in Japan – Notizen zur Globalen Seele (2007). She has received many awards, including: Austrian Stipend for Literature (1995), Adalbert Stifter Grant (2000), and Elias Canetti Stipend (2006). N O N- F I CTI O N NON-FICTION BEAR IN MIND FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS B I O G R A P HY Barbara Beuys Sophie Scholl A biography 496 pages, illustrated. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 »Barbara Beuys has mastered the difficult art of communicating highly complex historical subjects in a manner both sophisticated and captivating.« DIE ZEIT From a sheltered upbringing to her exciting university days, from leader in the Hitler Youth to resistance fighter – the first ever comprehensive biography of Sophie Scholl (1921–1943), the icon of the German Resistance Movement, is writ- ten with masterly skill, drawing on extensive research of newly discovered sources. We think we know everything about Sophie Scholl. Scenes from the film have imprinted themselves in our memory: how she was sentenced to death and executed by the infamous »Volksgerichtshof« (People’s Court) in Munich in February 1943, because she, her brother, and a group of like-minded people had distributed leaflets criticising Adolf Hitler’s criminal regime. But in fact the handful of books on Sophie Scholl, most of them aimed at younger readers, are based on just a small number of assorted documents. It was not until 2005 that the Munich Institute for Contemporary History made the collected letters of Sophie’s sister, Inge Aicher-Scholl, accessible to the public. Barbara Beuys was the first to analyse this extra- ordinary historical legacy with a focus on Sophie Scholl. Sophie Scholl’s path from dedicated leader in the Hitler Youth movement to courageous opponent of the Nazi regime was far longer, and more conflict-ridden and circuitous than previously assumed. Framed by colourful descriptions of everyday life at the time of Nazi rule, Barbara Beuys tells the story of an adolescent growing up – caught between a love of life and personal crises, on the radical quest for a merciful God, comforted by the power of music, and defined by the aspiration to always put thought above emotion. Barbara Beuys born in 1943, studied history, philosophy and sociology. She was an editor for Stern magazine and the prestigious weekly Die Zeit. She has published over a dozen books, including Familienleben in Deutschland. Vergesst uns nicht (Menschen im Widerstand 1933-45), as well as definitive biographies of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Hildegard von Bingen, and, most recently, Paula Moderson-Becker. Barbara Beuys lives in Cologne. FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS C U LTU RAL H I STO RY Wolfgang Kemp Foreign Affairs The adventures of an assortment of literary men from England in Germany, 1900–1945 384 pages with illustrations. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 What enticed English writers to Germany? A fascinating slice of cultural history A fantastic example of European cultural history, and a surprising perspective on Germany: Wolfgang Kemp describes how English men of letters experienced the country between 1900 and 1945. Why Germany of all places? A hundred years ago there were many good reasons for English writers to cross the Channel and travel along the Rhine, spend a few weeks in Berlin, tour the island of Rügen, or visit the famous health resort of Bad Wörishofen. Taking the waters at a spa never did anyone any harm, particularly if it was likely to include the occasional amorous digression far away from your strait-laced home country. These adventures have been immortalised in the novels of Elizabeth von Armin and Katherine Mansfield. Wolf- gang Kemp is the first to collate the experiences of literary men from England who came to Germany in the first half of the 20th century, and he made some amazing discoveries along the way. His book tells the story of a complex relationship: while Germany held an irresisti- ble fascination for its British guests, it remained foreign territory to them. Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood, W.H. Auden, Ezra Pound and Samuel Beckett – from their works we can glean a picture of life in Germany at the time, one that is only possible from an external perspective. Wolfgang Kemp born in 1946 in Frankfurt, is professor of art history at Hamburg University. His previous publications at Hanser: John Ruskin (Leben und Werk. 1819 – 1983), and Vertrauliche Berichte über den Verkauf einer Kommode und andere Kunstgeschichten (2002). Sales to Foreign Countries John Ruskin: USA (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS LITE RARY E SSAY Einar Már Gudmundsson Wie man ein Land in den Abgrund führt. Die Geschichte von Islands Ruin Country for Sale. The history of Iceland’s ruin 208 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 A book on Iceland‘s way into financial desaster by one of Islands most famous writer In autumn 2008 Iceland‘s economy collapsed. For years the country had financed its pros- perity by credits and speculations. Then, the game was over. The state and the banks were bankrupt, the population was left deeply shocked. This was when the Icelandic author Einar Már Gudmundsson became the spokesman of his country. At demonstrations and in the media he massively accused the bankers and politi- cians. These speeches and articles constitute Country for sale, a furious, but also sophistica- ted portrait of the »entrepreneurial Vikings« who had caused the crisis. The result is a book of high literary quality and sharp rhetoric, an adamant criticism on capitalism. Gudmundsson tells the story of a small piece of the ideal world which suddenly crumbled. The book is a very personal document of an author and a father of five children, who was rather uninterested in economic policy and banking, since he was awoken by the crisis and accepted responsibility. »Outstanding essays on the crisis of the capitalism … an extremely well written book« Politiken, Denmark »Einar Már Gudmundsson grabs the responsible politicians by the scruff of the neck … This is gripping, and you should listen when the most important contemporary author from Iceland rises to speak… His book is an outburst of fury, which trembles by rage.« Berlingske Tidende, Denmark Einar Már Gudmundsson one of the great Nordic authors, was born in Reykjavík in 1954. He studied literature and history and worked at the University of Copenhagen for six years before he returned to his hometown. His novels have been awarded several times, the novel Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe) won The Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 1995. Sales to Foreign Countries Denmark (Informations Forlag), Iceland (Forlagid), Norway, (Cappelen Damm) FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht California Graffiti Pictures from the Western end of the world 208 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 America – Eternal myth and European dream German-born Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, who likes to refer to himself ironically as a “native Californian romantic”, portrays his adopted country and its ways of life. From his unique viewpoint, he is able to shed light on America from the perspec- tive of Europe and Europeans, and vice-versa, like no other. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht has been living in California for twenty years, and he’s had an American passport for the last ten. Ever since gaining citizenship he has been asking himself what it really means to be an American. He has travelled the length and breadth of his new homeland and has already described the differences between the American and European lifestyles from a multitude of different angles. In Californian Graffiti he writes about the legendary icons associated with the United States, about trailer parks and American foot- ball, New York and San Francisco, the light on the West Coast, American humour and the democratic aristocracy of the universities, as well as Disneyland and women’s blouses. Accu- rately sketching concise scenes from everyday life, he shows us what is so special and unique about West Coast culture, which has never lost its fascination and surprise for the European who has made America his adopted home. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht born in 1948 in Wurzburg, Bavaria, teaches Romance literature, comparative literature and history of science at California’s Stanford University. Previous publication at Hanser: Vom Leben und Sterben der großen Romanisten (Edition Akzente 2002). FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Alfred Brendel Nach dem Schlußakkord After the Final Chord. Questions and answers. With an afterword by Peter Hamm 112 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 “More than any other art form, great music can be a wonderful comfort, even at times when it may seem we are beyond consolation.” Peter Hamm To mark his farewell to the concert stage after 60 years, Alfred Brendel gives us some fasci- nating glimpses into his life – some very serious and some seriously funny. When Alfred Brendel recently announced that his farewell concerts would be his last ever performances, the general reaction was one of incredulity: just another of his quirky jokes, surely! But, no – Brendel was true to his word. In his characteristic laconic manner, he said: »I always had the feeling I was playing of my own accord. And now I am stopping of my own accord.« Brendel’s distinctive sense of humour shines through as he talks about his life and career in this book of conversations, interviews and essays. He shares his love of music and literature as well as his penchant for surrealism, Dada and the absurd. His anarchic soul emerges joyously in his »Klaviergedichte« (piano poems), and there is a whole chapter dedicated to his farewell performances. Brendel acknowledges the millions all over the world who worship him with his own form of gratitude: »the artist needs love as much as anyone«. Alfred Brendel the world-famous pianist, was born in Wiesenberg, Moravia, and lives in London. He has published articles and books on music, as well as several volumes of poetry. Sales to Foreign Countries Ausgerechnet ich: France (Christian Bourgois), Great Britain, USA (Faber&Faber), Italy (Adelphi), Netherlands (Wereldbibliotheek), Japan (Ongaku No Tomosha), Spain (Machado) Fingerzeig, Störendes Lachen während des Jaworts: France (Christian Bourgois), Great Britain, USA (Faber&Faber), Netherlands (Van Gennep) Spiegelbild und schwarzer Spuk: France (Christian Bourgois), Great Britain, USA (Faber&Faber), Friedrich Hebbel. Weltgericht mit Pausen: Italy (Adelphi) FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Ernst Osterkamp Poetry of the Empty Centre Stefan George’s New Empire Edition Akzente. 304 pages. French binding Publication date: March 8, 2010 Stefan George is once again en vogue. Major biographies have cast light on the back- ground of this colourful and chequered poet: his political views and the exclusively male »George Circle«, which fed on the poet’s charisma and power consciousness in equal mea- sures. But his highly complex poems, which were once so widely read, are sadly neglected in these biographies. Ernst Osterkamp submits George‘s seminal late work The New Empi- re to an in-depth analysis. Using interpretations of the poems Der Gehenkte (the Hanged Man), Goethes letzte Nacht in Italien (Goethe’s Last Night in Italy), Hyperion and An die Kinder des Meeres (Ode to the Children of the Sea), he reconstructs George’s thought processes and, at the same time, reduces them to absurdity: »George’s New Empire is not inclusive, but exclusive: it works only by omission.« A brilliant essay – precisely conceived and polemically expressed. Ernst Osterkamp born in 1950, has been professor of contemporary German literature at Berlin’s Humboldt University since 1992. He has written several papers on German literature in the period of early Enlightenment, classicism and modernism. FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS B I O G R A P HY Johannes Willms Stendhal A biography 336 pages. Hardcover. Publication date: March 8,2010 The life of a writer, from a time when writing was considered an indulgence “If a novel isn’t such that you can’t bear to lay it aside, then why write it at all?” Stendhal was a writer, adventurer and diplomat, a socialite and a lover of both women and the arts. Johannes Willms recounts the life of an author from an era when writing was not considered a profession. Thanks to new German translations of The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma, Stendhal has recently been rediscovered as one of the greatest novelists of world literature. But the pseudonym Stendhal conceals a life story that is by no means any less adventurous than his novels: Henri Bleyle was born in 1783 in Grenoble. He took part in Napoleon’s victorious Italian campaign in 1800, and witnessed the disastrous defeat of the Grande Armeé in 1812 in Moscow. After that he went on to become the French consul for Italy, leading a glamorous life in both Paris and his favourite city, Milan, and was better known as a womaniser than a writer. He died in Paris in 1842. But there was one thing he was always sure of: »I shall only be read in 1880 or 1900«. Stendhal was to be proven right. Following his superb biography of Napoleon, Johannes Willms recounts the life story of the last pre-bourgeois author; a literary maverick, an adventurer and man of letters, for whom writing was just one of many activities, and not necessarily the most important. Johannes Willms was born in 1948 and lives in Paris. He is an historian, and works as cultural correspondent for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He has published numerous books on German and French history, including the biographies Napoleon (2005), Balzac (2007), Napoleon III (2008), and Die deutsche Krankheit. Eine kurze Geschichte der Gegenwart (2001). Sales to Foreign Countries Die deutsche Krankheit: France (Gallimard) FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Heide Helwig Johann Peter Hebel A biography 368 pages, illustrated. Hardcover Publication date: February 2010 »It’s high time someone wrote such a book about Hebel.« Martin Walser To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Hebel’s birth on May 10th 2010: the first major biography on the conservative heretic, the subversive conformist, the poet, story-teller and Renaissance man. Just six months younger than Schiller and ten years older than Hölderlin, Johann Peter Hebel (1760–1826) was never part of the literary circles in Jena or Tübingen. As an intelli- gent child from a small village near Basel, he received a good education, going on to study theology, and subsequently devising his own form of Enlightenment and Romanticism. Heide Helwig recounts the life story of this poet, who composed the Baden national epic with his Allemannische Gedichte (Alemanic Poems), and later transformed a farmers’ alma- nac into world literature in Rheinländische Hausfreund (Rhenish Family Friend). The list of his admirers ranges from Goethe to Jean Paul, from Brecht to Bloch, and from Kafka to Canetti. Drawing on unpublished testimonials from contemporaries and supported by the latest research, Heide Helwig uses great narrative charm to piece together a picture of a man who was by no means without fault, as vividly illustrated by Hebel’s wonderfully colourful letters. Anything but plucky in matters of the heart, he was chronically overstretched by honourable commissions and caught between Enlightenment and Biedermeier, between French Revolution and wars of liberation. Heide Helwig born in 1960 in Salzburg, studied Germanic and Romance languages and literature, gaining her PhD on Elias Canetti. She has written many articles and books on contemporary Austrian literature, including a biography of the poet Paula Ludwig (2002). FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Niklas Maak Der Architekt am Strand The Architect on the Beach Le Corbusier and the secret of the sea snail 240 pages, illustrated thoughout. French binding Publication date. March 8, 2010 When Le Corbusier’s church »Notre-Dame du Haut« was built in the little village of Ronchamp in 1955, it caused quite a stir: did it constitute a »consummate example of the mania for innovation, arbitrariness and disorder«, or did this construction open up a new chapter in the history of architecture? Had the world-famous architect, who today is known to many exclusively as the inventor of the »machine for living in« and as a representative of technocratic and mechanic modernism, embarked on a u-turn? Niklas Maak follows Le Corbusier, the »homme de la mer«, to the beach, where he tirelessly gathered stones, sea shells and other flotsam and jetsam. These »objets à reaction poétique«, which appear again and again as central elements of his work, lead Le Corbusier to ask him- self questions that still occupy architects in search of new forms to this day. Niklas Maak born in 1972, is an art critic for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS B EAR I N M I N D Michael Hampe Das vollkommene Leben A Perfect Life? Four meditations on happiness 304 pages. Hardcover Publication date: July 27, 2009 Shortlisted for the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2010 and awarded the International Essay Prize Palau i Fabre Michael Hampe invites us to join him in an experiment of the mind, which will ultimately enable us to better understand what happiness is really all about. Since the dawn of mankind, people have argued about what is the right and proper path to the perfect life. But is there such a thing as a universally applicable set of rules? Philos- opher Michael Hampe has undertaken an intellectual experiment to explore this issue. In four essays, each taking its cue from a different tradition, he develops theories as to how the objective of a perfectly fulfilled life might be achieved: solely by the exercise of rationality; through immersion in spirituality; through a sceptical detachment from the world; or via faith in a harmonious relationship between the corporeal and the non-corporeal worlds. In truth, none of these approaches in isolation will provide the answer in our search for un- adulterated bliss, but it is at the points where these perspectives conflict that we get a glimpse of what happiness might really be about – perhaps it can be found in an attitude to life that has cast off the shackles of indoctrination and is therefore at liberty to contemplate the world from an unblinkered perspective. But without the tangible evidence of human experience such speculations remain pure theory, and Hampe has embedded his essays in a narrative framework to best reflect his philosophical ruminations. In this way, he has successfully produced a powerfully written tour de force of empirical philosophy, both a work of illuminating clarity and a great read. Michael Hampe born in Hanover in 1961, studied philosophy, literature, psychology and biology at Heidel- berg and Cambridge. Following spells in the same role in Dublin, Kassel and Bamberg, he has been Professor of Philosophy at Zurich’s ETH since 2003. His most recent publications are Erkenntnis und Praxis (2006), Die Macht des Zufalls (2006), and Kleine Geschichte des Naturgesetzbegriffs (2007). FOREIGN NAGEL & KIMCHE RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Melanie Mühl Menschen am Berg Mountain Folk Stories of life in the clouds 128 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 The fascination of the mountains: reports on life in difficult conditions Mountains represent one of the last adventures of mankind. They are majes- tic, powerful, eternal, but at the same time also elemental and dangerous. This combination is what captivates mountaineers and skiers, tourists and inhabitants alike. Melanie Mühl examines this fascination and visits people who have lived in the mountains all their life and are frequently subject to their unpredictable forces, as well as people who work on them and those who have chosen them as their personal paradise. Mountain folk – such as the mountain farmers – often choose solitude as a way of life because they want to be close to nature. Life in the valley becomes increasingly alien to them. These are people who dwell in the mountain villages, cut off from the outside world for months on end every winter, people who need to be good neighbours in order to stick it out till spring. It also includes the alpine guides making a living from the city-dwellers who want to feel at one with the natural world, though in truth they rarely come into contact with nature in their everyday lives. And then there are the engineers, builders of tunnels and bridges, who conquer the mountain with the help of technology. Melanie Mühl’s stories are about people’s attitude to the mountains, about how they approach the moun- tain, how they come to terms with it, what their relationship with it is. These accounts are informed by a compassionate curiosity, precise observations, and a powerful writing style that opens up a magnificent landscape to the reader. Melanie Mühl born in 1976, studied German and journalism in Karlsruhe and Kingston, Canada. Follow- ing a traineeship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, she has been their features editor since October 2006. FOREIGN NAGEL & KIMCHE RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Roger de Weck Nach der Krise After the Crisis Is there a better form of capitalism? 112 pages. Hardcover Publication date: November 12, 2009 The recipe for the future is an eco-social market economy: simple, accessible and viable The economic system which defines the whole of our lives has failed. The result- ing crisis has affected everything – the world of finance, economic leaders, politics and the media – and at the root of it all is a crisis of values. Roger de Weck, for- mer editor-in-chief of DIE ZEIT, explains how it came about. And he shows how capitalism has to renew itself from the bottom up. After the economic crisis, he presents us with what is needed most but is hardest to come by: guidance in times of great confusion. The economic market is at once useful and dangerous. The state is currently helpful and helpless – where do we go from here? Swiss insider de Weck gives us a comprehensive out- line with an eye to the interlocking of power and market, interests and ideology. Is the supremacy of economy in danger of causing all spheres of life to topple over? The author drafts a blueprint for a new capitalism that is aware of its pitfalls: it is the market, of all things, that generates even more state control, for instance if the taxpayer is made liable for the actions of the major banks whose insolvency has brought the country to its knees. Today’s market economy has lead to people being marginalised, puts women at a disadvan- tage, and destroys natural resources. It needs new rules. A fascinating book – concerning the future of us all. Roger de Weck the writer and current affairs commentator born in 1953, presents the TV programme Sternstunden Philosophie (Great Moments in Philosophy). He is president of the prestigi- ous Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and lectures at the College of Europe in Bruges and Warsaw. The economist was formerly editor-in-chief of DIE ZEIT and TagesAnzeiger. FOREIGN ZSOLNAY RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Gustav Mahler “Verehrter Herr College!” “My Esteemed Colleague!” Letters to composers, conductors, directors Selected and annotated by Franz Willnauer 422 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 Passion and impetuousness – the portrait of a genius’s life: a collection of Gustav Mahler’s correspondence with composers, conductors, directors and critics, published to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth on 7th July 2010. When Gustav Mahler died in 1911, he left behind his extensive correspondence consisting of several thousand letters. Among the addressees we find the composers Anton Bruckner, Antonín Dvorˇák, Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni and Arnold Schönberg, the conductors Bruno Walter, Hans von Bülow and Franz Schalk, as well as the first lady of the Bayreuth Festival, Cosima Wagner. The renowned Mahler expert Franz Willnauer has put together a selection from this rich cornucopia – including many letters that are published here for the first time – focusing on Mahler’s professional life. They paint an authentic and multi-faceted portrait of this com- poser, conductor and theatre manager, and along the way present a colourful and absorbing picture of the music scene in Germany and Austria at the turn of the century. Mahler was unique in his ability to establish relationships with significant figures in music at the time, but his letters don’t exclusively concern his composing work; they also reflect the three-way division which characterised his entire musical career: that of composer, performer and manager. Franz Willnauer born in 1933 in Enns, Upper Austria, worked for the music publisher Universal Edition and as arts editor for Forum, amongst others. He was secretary general of the Salzburg Festival from 1986 until 1991. His most recent release with Zsolnay was Gustav Mahler: Mein lieber Trotzkopf, meine süße Mohnblume. Briefe an Anna von Mildenburg. (2006) FOREIGN ZSOLNAY RIGHTS M E M O I RS Ioan Holender “Ich bin noch nicht fertig” „I Haven’t Finished Yet!” Memoirs. Approx. 304 pages. Hardcover Publication date: June 2010 Passionate, eloquent, and never one to avoid controversy: Ioan Holender looks back on twenty years as director of the Vienna State Opera. Ioan Holender has lead the Vienna State Opera longer than Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan and all his other predecessors. On June 30th 2010, shortly before his 75th birthday, his 19th and final repertory season will come to an end. In his memoirs, however, he does not only concentrate on the great successes that he achieved in the »house on the Ring« year after year, but also focuses on his childhood in fascist Romania: the disappropriation of his father’s factory by the Communist regime, his expulsion from university and the difficult emigration to Vienna, where he became active as an opera and concert singer. But what makes this memoir so special – quite apart from the portraits of stars such as Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko – are the unsparing descriptions of life behind the scenes of a major opera house. Sharp-tongued and incisive, Holender details the sometimes heated disputes with mem- bers of the State Opera orchestra, the meticulous selection procedures required to cast the singers, and the daily struggle for audiences. Essential reading for anyone interested in opera. Ioan Holender born in 1935 in Timis¸oara, Romania, he grew up speaking three languages. His father owned a factory producing vinegar and jam, which was expropriated by the state in 1948. Holender was expelled from university in 1956 for political reasons, and emigrated to Vienna in 1959 where he worked as an opera singer and from 1966 to 1988 as an opera agent– the beginning of his long-standing association with the Vienna State Opera. FOREIGN ZSOLNAY RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Peter Gülke Robert Schumann The Joys and Sorrows of Romanticism 272 pages. Hardcover Publication date: March 8, 2010 He was a man capable of manic activity and deep depression, a highly prolific genius, the devoted husband of a respected artist, and one of the greatest figures of the Romantic period – a brilliant portrait of the composer Robert Schumann, to mark the bicentennial of his birthday on 8th June 2010. A ruined finger prevented him from pursuing a career as a virtuoso pianist, but he was an avid reader of the Romantic poets Jean Paul and E. T. A. Hoffmann, not to mention a brilli- ant music critic – and the first great composer of piano music and art songs (lieder), as well as symphonies and concertos in the post-classical era. From the Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) to Davidsbündler–Tänze (Florestan Dance), trios and quartettes, all the way to cello concertos, from the song-cycle Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love ) through to the great choral works, his work became part of music history virtually the moment they were written. The conductor and musicologist Peter Gülke explains Schumann’s music and the circum- stances under which it was created, disputing many firmly held views and exposing clichés to critical questioning. Gülke argues that, in the case of Schumann, the biographical and compositional aspects are particularly inextricably linked. From his marriage to the pianist Clara Wieck all the way to his death in an insane asylum – his was a life caught between creativity and melancholia. Imbued whole-heartedly with the spirit of music, informed by a singularly impartial analytic approach and offering captivating descriptions of Schumann’s music, Gülke provides pro- found insights into the very heart of German Romanticism. Peter Gülke born in 1934 in Weimar, studied music and musicology and went on to become a musical director in Dresden und Wuppertal, as well as professor of conducting at a music school in Freiburg. He has published several noteworthy Sheet Music Editions for music publishers Notabene, and numerous books on Rousseau, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Bruckner among others. C H I LDREN›´S BOOKS › PICTURE BOOKS FICTION NON- FICTION Reihe Hanser FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS P I CT U R E B O O KS Peter Schössow Meehr!! AGAIN!! Pages, colour illustrations throughout Hardcover. Stich-binding Format: 21,5 x 30 cm From age 3 Publication date: March 8, 2010 The story of the man who learns how to fly – at first reluctantly, but before long it’s a dream come true! To begin with, the man just wants to go for a stroll on the beach, but then the wind gets up – although it’s really more like a storm. It blows the man off his feet and then carries him for miles. Like Flying Robert he becomes airborne, sailing far over land and sea, past the lighthouse, almost as high as the aeroplanes on their way to faraway places, until final- ly he lands exactly where he started. Phew, we think, he’s come back down to earth, next time he’d best stay at home in wea- ther like that. No way – he climbs on a box, spreads his arms and cries out: »Again, again!« The writer and illustrator Peter Schössow has previously published five other picture books at Hanser: Meeres Stille und Glückliche Fahrt by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2004), Gehört das so??! (2005), Die Mausefalle by Christian Morgenstern (2006), Die Prinzessin by Arnold Schönberg (2006), and most recently a new edition of his classic Baby Dronte (2008). Gehört das so??! won him German Prize for Young Reader’s Litera- ture in 2006. Sales to Foreign Countries UK/New Zealand (Gecko Press); Spain (Lóguez): Catalonia (Simbol) FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS C H I L D R E N ’S F I CT I O N Hanna Johansen Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär If i were a little bird With two-colour illustrations by Hildegard Müller 96 pages. Hardcover From age 8 Publication date: March 8, 2010 The story of the blackbird who desperately wants to learn a human song: “If I Were a Little Bird”… For the third year running, Mario visits the same garden, sings his songs and hopes they will catch the attention of a lady blackbird. And he doesn’t have to wait too long, because Mario is the best singer for miles around. In no time at all a nest has been built and three baby birds have hatched. But something is different this year: there’s a girl in the garden. She plays the most wonderful music on her flute – and all at once, Mario is fed up with the old blackbird songs: »Good evening! Go away! I’m here now!« How boring they are! In contrast, he finds the girl’s favourite song is enchanting. »If I Were a Little Bird!« Mario wants to be able to sing that song too. And so he starts practicing, day after day. In the meantime, his young ones need to be fed and nurtured, the cat prowls through the garden, and a great many blackbird adventures have to be survived. In the end, by the time the readers have followed Mario through a whole year of his black- bird life, he has succeeded in singing his new song. Hanna Johansen‘s animal story is also a little study on blackbird lore. Hanna Johansen was born in 1939 in Bremen, and lives in Zurich as a full-time writer of books for adults and children. She has won numerous awards, including the Swiss Prize for Young Reader’s Literature. Her most recent publication in Hanser’s children’s book department was Ich bin hier bloß die Katze (2007). Hildegard Müller born in 1956, lives near Mainz. She has previously collaborated with Hanna Johansen on her recent book Ich bin hier bloß die Katze. FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS C H I L D R E N ’S F I CT I O N Jutta Richter Hexenwald und Zaubersocken The Witch Wood and Magic Socks With black-and-white illustrations by Jörg Mühle 90 pages. Hardcover From age 8 Publication date: March 8, 2010 What do lovely young witches do when they feel lonely? They wait for their magical socks to bring their sweetheart to them. Karla the witch seems to have the perfect life: she is young and beautiful, she has a lovely little crooked house in the woods, and a bubbling cauldron for cooking up her witch’s brew. If only she weren’t so lonely! Robert the coalman is lonely too – no girl will have him because of his constantly coal- blackened fingernails. Karla wouldn’t mind his black nails, she’s not like that – but how on earth are a witch and a coalman ever supposed to get together? With the help of magic socks, of course! Some witches knit them, give them to someone as a gift, and wait to see if they end up on the feet of their dream man. Because if he pulls them on, they’ll pull him irresistibly into the Witch Wood. And that’s exactly what happens to Robert. Jutta Richter born in 1955, is a full-time author living in Muensterland. Publications with Hanser include Der Tag, als ich lernte, die Spinnen zu zähmen (2000), which won the German Prize for Young Adult’s Literature, and Hechtsommer (2004), which was awarded the Catholic Prize for Children’s Literature. Jörg Mühle born in 1973 in Frankfurt, studied in Offenbach and Paris. He has now returned to live in his hometown and is working as a freelance illustrator. All meine Zähne, published by Hanser in 2007, also features his illustrations. FOREIGN dtv REIHE HANSER RIGHTS YOUNG ADULT’S FICTION Karla Schneider Der Sommer, als ich Filmstar war Film Star for the Summer 348 pages. Paperback From age 12 Publication date: April 2010 Wilhelmina Minette Schlee: the reluctant film star If it hadn’t been for her stepfather making such a total mess of things – gambling away all the family’s money – Wilhelmina Schlee would never have ended up in the movies. What’s more, she’d never have met her real father (who she thought died a long time ago) – and would never have earned that fabulous fee, which helps to get the family back on its feet again. So far so good… but there’s trouble ahead. Before long, the young film star is hounded by dodgy managers. Who would have thought that Norbert Schlee, of all people, would be the one to rescue his stepdaughter from an unscrupulous agent and take her back where she belongs – home. Karla Schneider was born in Dresden in 1938. She worked as a bookseller and journalist before becoming a full-time writer. She has lived in Wuppertal since 1979. Previous publications in Hanser Verlag include Glückskind (2003), Die Geschwister Apraksin (2006) and Marcolini oder wie man Günstling wird (2007). FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS YOUNG ADULT’S FICTION Diana Wohlrath Merani und die Schlange unter dem Meer Merani and the Snake at the Bottom of the Sea 512 pages. Hardcover From age 12 Publication date: March 8, 2010 A snake-like creature in the sea is threatening the balance of magic on Runia. Merani can save the island realm – but only if she manages to persuade all the powers to work together, including the enemy forces of the Black Magicians. Ever since the Black Magicians were overthrown and power was taken from them, there has been peace on the island kingdom of Runia. Even the old Colour Enemies have become friends. However the islands are now being ravaged by magical storms that no-one has an explanation for. They are out of control, and not even the incredible force of the Fire Throne can stop them. Merani, the emperor’s daughter, secretly finds the source of the storms and makes a terrible discovery: an ancient collection of ghosts and strange crea- tures in glass traps are lying there at the bottom of the sea. Could they be the cause of the storms? Merani decides to risk a journey along the rugged coast, even though she knows the Black Magicians of the Order of the Holy Sword are on their way there too. They think the new rulers of the Fire Throne are deliberately channelling the storms all over the country and are intent on recapturing the throne. Merani finds herself in mortal danger when she meets the Black Magicians in the eye of the storm. She only survives thanks to the help of her friends – the magically gifted twins, the dragon Argha, and the divine goddess Runi. But in order to free the spirits and save the strange creatures at the bottom of the sea, she’ll need more than just magical assistance. She needs allies – perhaps even from among the ranks of the Black Magicians, though the price of their help may well be the Fire Throne. The authors behind the pseudonym, Diana Wohlrath is a well-known married couple, who have been writing extremely successful historical novels since 2003. However, their true passion has always been for fantasy literature. Even as school children, they published their first short stories in fantasy collections and so, in time, developed a universe of their very own. Der Feuerthron (2008) was their debut fantasy novel for young readers at Hanser. FOREIGN HANSER RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Rolf-Bernhard Essig Wann ist ein Held ein Held? What Makes a Hero? 256 pages. Hardcover From age 12 Publication date: March 8, 2010 Young people need heroes: as role models, guiding lights, and someone to inspire their dreams. But what does it really take to be a hero in our modern times? Wir sind Helden (We Are Heroes) is the name of a popular German band. »We need new heroes,« call out the politicians. The media claims that »we can all be heroes«. Heroes are much in demand. But how do you become a hero? What distinguishes a true hero beyond action movies and superstar clichés? Do the ideals of ancient times, as embodied by the adventures of Achilles and Hercules, still apply? How do heroes prove themselves, now that our planet has long been fully mapped out and all the major discoveries have already been made? Rolf-Bernhard Essig has grappled with these questions and set out on a quest to find the heroes of today. For him, they are the men and women who dedicate themselves to preserving life on our planet: the environmental activists of Greenpeace who confront the whaling ships in rubber dinghies, as well as the fire-fighters of the World Trade Center. Others include the one-legged marathon runner Terry Fox, who is crossing the continent to raise money for charity, and single-minded campaigner Erin Brockovich, who continu- ally pits herself against major industry on behalf of ordinary people. The author describes each of these heroes in 15 gripping and informative chapters. He shows their admirable aspects and their triumphs, but also their weak points and, in some cases, failures. And he encourages the reader to find their own answers to the question of whether we need heroes – and if so, then what kind? Rolf-Bernhard Essig was born in 1963 and lives in Bamberg, Bavaria. The author of non-fiction books and audio books, he is also a critic, presenter and lecturer. Hanser has published his non-fiction book for young readers Schreiberlust & Dichterfrust (2007), as well as the children’s book Da wird doch der Hund in der Pfanne verrückt! (2009), which was illustrated by Marei Schweitzer. FOREIGN NAGEL & KIMCHE RIGHTS N O N - F I CTI O N Dorothea Binder Das HEIDI-Kochbuch The Heidi Cook Book Swiss recipes With illustrations by Hannes Binder 80 pages. Hardcover Publication date: February 8, 2010 Following the success of the retelling of “Heidi” in Peter Stamm’s picturebook, here comes a cookbook with Heidi’s favourite recipes – discover delicious, easy- to-cook Swiss specialties. Pottering away in the kitchen can be an alluring adventure, provided you see cooking as a pleasure and not work. As long as the recipes are easy to follow, preparation isn’t time- consuming, and the results are delicious, even Peter the goatherd will be enticed into the kitchen. It doesn’t always have to be spaghetti from Italy or french fries from the oven. Instead of plain old cakes, why not try your hand at baking Geduldszeltli , mouth-watering rose-fragranced meringues, and instead of snacking on an apple between meals, Gänse- blüemli-Zvieri (»daisy snack«) will make an exciting change. The book also shows us how we can whip up birthday cakes in a jiffy. Here are 70 of Heidi’s favourite recipes, some of which she even cooked herself – traditional dishes from Switzerland well worth rediscove- ring. They will help children learn that healthy food needn’t be boring and cooking doesn’t have to be hard work – but instead can be great fun! Hannes Binder was born in 1947, studied art, and now works as an illustrator and painter. His most recent illustrations for Nagel & Kimche are featured in Meinrad Lienert’s Sagen and Legenden der Schweiz (2005), as well as Heidi (2008, text by Peter Stamm). He lives in Zurich. Dorothea Binder born in St. Gallen in 1949, worked for the Zurich Kinderbuchladen for many years. The Heidi Cook Book is her third book of recipes, after Dörtchens Kochbuch (1985) and Kocheinmaleins für Männer (1992). G I F TBOOKS HUMOUR BODY & SOUL SATIRE SMART & HIP LITTLEST SERIES BEAR IN MIND OASES FOR THE SENSES FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS H U MOU R Claudia Schreiber / Kai Pannen Heimische Frauenarten. Ein Bestimmungsbuch The Domestic Female An illustrated field guide 96 pages, illustrated throughout, limp binding, thread-stiching Publication date: March 2010 • following the great success of The Domestic Male (50,000 copies sold), here comes the classification guide for the main types of the female species • a wonderful source of irreverent information for both genders • a perfect gift for any man intent on learning (even more) about the female species Women of all shapes and sizes have appeared as a natural phenomenon for many centuries. Despite this, there is still need for further explanation, and they remain the topic of much popular research and observation. Following the success of The Domestic Male, we now proudly present a handy classifica- tion guide to the world of domestic womankind. Featuring more than 50 illustrations and a wealth of in-depth information, it gives the reader invaluable insights into their way of life and the many special characteristics of this species. An at-a-glance colour-coding system aids identification of the female phenotypes, from the pleasant to the poisonous – whether nocturnal chick (lat. affectata) or ruthless go-getter (lat. domina inclementia). This is your ideal, pocket-sized companion when venturing forth into the world of women – be it at work, at the beach or on the dance floor. FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS BODY & SOU L Yvonne Niewerth Mein Buch für das Leben My Book for Life 240 pages, silver-embossed cloth binding, 2 ribbon page markers Publication date: February 2010 • each copy of this book is unique – because it’s written by the readers themselves • will shift your life down a gear and give you time for reflection • an impressive book of premium quality This lavishly designed book presents a cornucopia of fun ideas to help you make the most of every day. In a light-hearted and playful way, it brings home what really matters in life. Combining the fleeting moments of happiness with the major issues, it gives us time to pause for thought, and to discover our own creativity – a wonderful gift for any occasion, presented with timeless elegance. FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS SATI RE Timo Lokoschat Es wird eng im Kalender The Overcrowded Calendar 365 days of off-beat anniversaries and unusual celebratory occasions 208 pages, hardcover Publication date: February 2010 • a perpetual calendar for daily browsing and reference • the ideal gift for fans of list books and useless trivia • a witty wealth of knowledge for all kinds of small-talk and an inexhaustible mine of information for any social occasion Who invented World Turtle Day? And what does it have to do with Charlotte Roche’s controversial best-selling novel Wetlands? This book presents an opportunity for giggles and shaking your head every day of the year, as well as countless excuses for celebrating: this one-of-a-kind calendar list of trivia and miscellany offers bite-size entertainment the whole year round. FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS SATI RE Hans Zippert Deutschland retten Saving Germany How to prepare for the next crisis 160 pages, hardcover Publication date: March 2010 • Hans Zippert is the »great German satirist« (Süddeutsche Zeitung) – a cult author with a loyal fan base • Zippert‘s »sharp-tongued dry humour« (F.A.Z.) can wrench spot-on punchlines even from the crisis • »30 years of Titanic« guarantees media coverage Politicians are unashamedly considering scrappage bonuses for your old children! Thanks to the healthcare reform, many of our favourite illnesses are critically endangered! Even asteroids are steering clear of Germany! If the situation is to improve, there’s only one thing for it: we have to learn from the crisis. And who is better suited to show us the ways out than Hans Zippert, the former chief editor of Titanic and recipient of the prestigious Henri Nannen Award for Journalism? With a keen comic eye for the absurd, he shows up the hidden trends that have sprung up in politics and everyday life in the wake of the crisis. His brilliantly scathing texts and lovingly parodied statistics ensure unbridled reading pleasure and satirical insight. FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS S M A RT & H I P Steve Ayan / Dawn Parisi Einfach entspannen Just Relax 12 sure-fire paths towards more peace and serenity 160 pages, illustrated throughout, cut-flush binding Publication date: February 2010 • for anyone who is stressed-out – to give as a gift or to use for yourself • offers an unparalleled range of relaxation techniques • wellbeing for men too, at long last There are as many approaches to relaxation as there are stressed-out people, but not all methods are right for everyone. This book helps you decide on the approach best suited to you, and shows how to relax more effectively. It’s what we all long for: to take time for a break, recharge our batteries and just relax. Each of the twelve methods is clearly out- lined with step-by-step exercises. This is a knowledgeable and thoroughly researched work- book that will guide each and every reader through the jungle of relaxation techniques in a laid-back manner. Featuring many witty and incisive illustrations by Dawn Parisi. FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS LITTLEST SERIES Jörg Mühle Danke schön! Thank you! 40 pages, illustrated throughout, hardcover, thread-stitching Publication date: February 2010 • a little thank you for neighbours, acquaintances and friends • the perfect alternative to a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine – ideal for any number of occasions • wit and warm-heartedness wrapped together Forgot your keys? Luckily, the friendly neighbour has a spare set. While you’re on holiday, a colleague takes care of your flowers. And when you’re up to your eyeballs in work, that nice mother of your son’s nursery friend takes him back home with her. For these and many other occasions, you often want a little thank you gift – this gentle and humorous book is just the ticket. FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS BEAR IN MIND Illustrated stories sure to bring a smile to your face. All volumes with 40 pages with colour illustrations throghout hardcover, thread-stitching Heinz Janisch / Kai Pannen Zum Glück bist du da Where Would I Be Without You? Ole Könnecke Heinz Janisch / Jutta Bücker Gute Besserung! Mein Glück bist du Get Well Soon! You’re my sunshine Jutta Richter / Henrike Wilson Heinz Janisch / Jutta Bauer All das wünsch ich dir Einfach du All I wish for you Simply you FOREIGN SANSSOUCI RIGHTS OAS ES F OR TH E S E NS ES Susanne Schaber Provence. Wo das Licht dem Meer begegnet Provence Where the Sea and the Sunlight meet 128 pages, including numerous illustrations and recipes, embossed binding in a decorative slipcase Publication date: February 2010 • Provence receives more than 35 million visitors a year • fascinating facts about its culture and history • includes many regional recipes Provence is a region that is full of promise: hills dotted with vineyards and olive trees, windswept high plateaus with sheep and lavender fields, Romanesque arches and chapels. The play of light in Marseille’s ancient harbour, and the yellow-green stars in the winter sky over Arles. This very special travel book weaves a tapestry of many colourful threads and also sheds light on Provence’s lesser-known aspects, such as the salt mines of Aigues- Mortes and Avignon as Francesco Petrarca knew it. Not to mention the kitchens of Vaucluse: in the oven, a rabbit is stewing, garnished with tomatoes, olives, garlic, sage and juniper. Goat’s cheese and a bottle of fine rosé are waiting on the table. It’s the good life here in the Foreign Rights Service translated by Ruth Feuchtwanger Provence. This is not only clear from the obvious beauty, the scenic variety and the exqui- site cuisine, but also through the people who have made it their adoptive home. Susanne Schaber has met some of them and finds out more about their everyday lives – which, despite the odd adversity, is enough to inspire longing for the South of France in anyone.