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  • Children's & YA

    A Fish with Legs and Scrambled Eggs

    by Christian Futscher, Raffaela Schöbitz

    How come that some of us have lost their marbles? What has the sawfish seen? How does a teacher who‘s turned into an apple tree feel?Christian Futscher‘s delightful nonsens poems have a deeper meaning and are full of linguistic playfulness and adoribly and congenially restaged by Raffaela Schöbitz. A joy for young and old, for your mind and mood: A book that opens a world of make-believe and challenges to think beyond one's own nose.

  • August 2020

    Black Jasmine

    by Manfred Rumpl

    Journalist Jakob and social worker Julia have set themselves an ultimatum: Their relationship is at a crossroads. The Tunisian refugee Eymen is torn between the temptations of Western life and his religous beliefs, between integration in Western society and Islamism. Police officer Frank must decide to go against his opportunistic superior to ensure his country’s safety in the wake of terrorism. The paths of these ever so different characters are fatefully connected and everything points to a dramatic final... Scheming police officers, a refugee at the brink of radicalization and a hesitant lover: A novel oscillating between Arab Spring and Western Lifestyle.

  • August 2020


    by Stefan Slupetzky

    What is a cunning private detective from Vienna doing in Hessen? He is put on to his daughter’s kidnappers by an asset manager. However, nothing about this abduction is as it seems...With an absurd idea a British consultant helps the son of a silk-tie-manufacturer achieve the biggest success of his life – not without collateral damage of course.Driven by gruesome rumors, two boarding school students ascend the lonley tower. There they find a preserved heart that is absolutely not dead and turns the boys’ lives upside down. From crime story to political satire: Stefan Slupetzky covers it all in his ten sharp-tongued short stories.Pointed, multilayered and subtle!

  • February 2021

    Corona in Buchenwald

    by Ivan Ivanji

    In April of 2020, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp, twelve survivors and their companions come together in Weimar. Due to the pandemic the ceremony is cancelled but they are determined to commemorate this particular day. However, as one of them tests positive for COVID, the entire group is forced to quarantine. To pass time, Serbian writer Sascha suggests that they tell each other stories like in Bocaccio’s Decamerone: Each evening, one person shares something: from Ovid´s banishment to the Black Sea, to a boxing career in a concentration camp or Goethe’s love interest Corona Schröter. Twelve survivors, twelve stories: Ivan Ivanji´s most recent novel about tales of prosecution and banishment, of death and survival.

  • Fiction

    Fairy Dust

    by Cornelia Travnicek

    Petru, Cheta and Magare lead a different life than most teenagers. They live apart from their families as outcasts in a run-down house. The three young boys are exploited by someone called Krakadzil, to whom they have to give most of what they earn through stealing from the townspeople. Fairy dust is a drug that the boys consume regularly – it helps them get through their tough life. When Petru meets a young girl called Marja his world is turned upside down. Through her and her parents he experiences the meaning of family for the first time in his life. As another member joins Petru, Cheta and Magare everything changes once again…

  • Fiction


    by Josef Zweimüller

    After his mother’s suicide Jona lives all by himself in a small cabin. Over the course of time he has learned to survive in the woods by using its resources. To earn money he sets up a survival camp for people from the city, which ends up turning his life upside down. One of the participants is Hikaru, who impresses Jona with her determination and strength. She stays with him until he sends her off after they fall out over an argument. Back in the city Hikaru struggles to find her way back into her old life. She starts investigating to help Jona come to terms with his mother’s passing and keeps on getting lost in his world. One day, an eco-activist shows up in town and spills green paste over ATM-machines. Even though this scares Hikaru she hopes that said person is Jona… Josef Zweimüller digs in the depths of human relationships, uncovers rifts und talks about a society that believes in closing itself off from nature.

  • Fiction


    by Ivan Ivanji

    Abraham lives in Haran as a successful merchant who wants more out of life – so he sets out for Kanaan. In his quest for happiness he is guided by his desire to find the one true God. Spending night after night under the stars, he awaits a sign of Elohim. In Kanaan Abraham remains a foreigner with his business failing and his wife Sara not being pregnant. He refuses to make sacrifices to local gods and stays true to his faith, after all he has big plans: He considers himself chosen and wishes to form his own tribe. But first, he is underway to Egypt. There, pharaoh Amenemhet is on the throne and Abraham soon finds himself at Amenemhet’s service. The pharaoh draws up a political plan which aims to be useful for Egypt and incidentally raises Abraham’s hopes in making his dream a reality. Ivan Ivanji tells a family’s history full of love, hatred, murder, fraud and intrigues: An expressive paraphrase of the world’s best-selling book: the Bible.

  • February 2021

    Johanna's Lifetime Performance

    by Susanne Falk

    It’s the 1950s, Johanna is nineteen and about to make a name for herself as an actress at Vienna’s most prestigious theatre. She falls head over heels for Georg, a lawyer and believes she has it all. The young couple gets married and buys a house but when Johanna reveals her pregnancy, Georg questions her ambitions. However, Johanna is determined to juggle motherhood and her career: She succeeds in getting a part in a play and attends rehearsals while her daughter Lore is being watched by her peculiar aunt Mizzi. Johanna bends over backwards to fulfil her roles as both, mother and actress but in a tragic turn of events, Lore disappears … In her new novel Susanne Falk cleverly combines a love story, theatre etiquette and feminism.

  • Fiction


    by Michael Frank

    In the freezing cold, where nature is grand and ruthless, the route to school and church appears laborious and endless to the so called »winter children«. Their parents, a grimly father just as beloved as he is feared and a deeply religious, but eager for knowledge mother met through their involvement in the Lebensreform movement. Together they raise their family between idealistic romanticism and afflicting poverty. The children create their own venturesome reality based on their headstrong insights and conventionalize it to a damaged idyll. Michael Frank brings the bogus idyll of a childhood in post-war Bavaria back to life. He recounts adventures between orthodoxy and ideological riot under the influence of the church, school as well as the occupying forces and the enigmatic beginnings of the modern era.

  • August 2020

    The Child in a Plaster Cast

    by Gabriele Kögl

    Andrea, grandmother’s darling and a difficult child, is raised in poverty in a little village in Styria. Her parents, struggling to make ends meet, are unable to show her any love or affection and would like to marry her off to a wealthy farmer. As Andrea grows up, she starts to take her life into her own hands. While her boyfriend’s strong connection to his parents makes him fulfill their wishes instead of his, Andrea goes after her dreams regardless of her unlovable parents’ expectations.From the beginning of her life, Andrea faces many obstacles but she is unstoppable in her search for happiness and self-determination.

  • February 2021

    The European Dream

    by Melita H. Šunjić

    Over the course of the past few years Melita H. Šunjić conducted interviews in Asia, Africa and Europe. She spoke to people who planned on coming to Europe, who were on their way or had already arrived. In her book she explains the essential terms and correlations regarding immigrants and criticizes the non-progressing EU-migration policy. Most importantly, she lets those affected speak for themselves: What are their motives for leaving home? How do they travel? What were they expecting and what was awaiting them?Several case studies show the harrowing reality and elaborate on the role of human trafficking and social media in the complex process of migration. While the entire world talks about refugees and immigrants, Melita H. Šunjić, former UNHCR-spokeswoman, talks to them.

  • The German Teacher

    by Judith W. Taschler

    »The German Teacher«: A multi-layered bestselling psycho-thriller, sophisticated, irritating and captivating until the very last moment. Out of the blue Mathilda's great love Xaver packed all of his belongings and disappeared without a word. Mathilda suffers a nervous breakdown, the mystery of his abandonement tormenting her. Sixteen years later Mathilda seems to slowly have found her peace again: She works as a German teacher in another city, is popular with her students, has friends and a fulfilled life. Suddenly Xaver, now a celebrated author, reappears. Togehter they reflect on both their relationship and its end. The birth of Xaver's son just a few months after their separation, the boy’s kidnapping and his unknown whereabouts become the pivotal element of the former lovers' encounter. They share their ideas, fears and fantasies until in the end no one knows whether the other is telling the truth: Did Mathilda kidnap Xaver's son? Does Xaver himself have anything to do with his disappearance?

  • February 2021

    The Invention of the World

    by Thomas Sautner

    Aliza Berg is anonymously commissioned to write a novel about none other than life in all its complexities. She is supposed to give a completely fresh and unbiased outlook on it based on the inhabitants of a small town. She travels to Litstein where she stays with the count and countess of Hohensinn and starts her research. Throughout her stay, she befriends the countess, gets to know the other people in town and becomes a part of life in Litstein. But above all she is impacted by the power of infinite thoughts, nature and love. What makes life worth living? Thomas Sautner lets a young female writer ponder the questions of our existence.

  • August 2020

    The Lovers from Oberdan Square

    by Christian Klinger

    After scarcely escaping World War I, Vittorio, a young man from Triest, manages to build a carreer for himself as a lawyer in the challenging times of the post-war period. During the fascist dictatorship in Italy he offers to help Jews and Slovenes with emigration, which causes him trouble with the authorities. His son Pino, who enjoyed a sheltered upbringing, studies architecture which saves him from being drafted in 1940. He is in love with Laura, a young teacher. However, Pino somewhat unintentionally gets caught up with the partisans, which alerts the Gestapo... Three generations, two wars, one tragic love story. A family saga from Triest.

  • The Magic Flute. An Opera with Two Faces

    by Jan Assmann

    »The Magic Flute. An Opera with Two Faces«: Jan Assmann ventures on a new reading of the famous opera as a Masonic tale: the mystery journey of Tamino – who is being tested and led away from the upper world of illusions, through the underworld, and is finally initiated into the sphere of enlightenment.

  • February 2021

    The New Normal

    by Robert Misik

    How does COVID impact our life? Loss of control and autonomy, fear and irritability leave their mark on us. The pandemic is testing our communities and democracy, severe restrictions are part of our everyday life and can lead to protests among those who question their purpose. How is this crisis changing our society? Will we emerge with a stronger sense of community? Or will we continue to live in fear?The post-COVID-era will likely be defined by an economic paradigm but also a hunger for living life to the fullest. Robert Misik explains how COVID has changed our life as we knew it and offers a positive outlook for the future.

  • The Secret of the Snowy Owl

    by Kirstin Breitenfellner / Bianca Tschaikner

    »The Secret of the Snowy Owl«: A suspenseful children’s detective story about being different and how first impressions don’t always prove to be true. Tiba and her brother Kai are visiting their aunt and uncle in a tiny village that is only known for its peace centre. While aunt Oda runs the centre, uncle Benno looks after baby Tobi. Tiba and Kai quickly make friends: There’s cousin Martin of course, Kalin, a Bulgarian boy, and Karl, the hunter’s son. Together with their new companions they decide to lead the taxidermist Mr. Maus into a trap – they suspect he stuffs snowy owls, even though they are a protected species!

  • The Woman Who Came out of the Apple

    by Isabella Diessl / Lucy Keijser

    »The Woman Who Came out of the Apple«: Growing up sure isn't easy – especially if you’re visited by a Roman goddess! Ten-year-old Pilvi has a lot on her plate: Her best friend has been hanging out with the pretentious Tamara, a big presentation at school is coming up and she has been assigned to work with stupid Charles, of all people! When Pilvi is given a basket of apples from her neighbour’s garden, things get even more confusing. All of a sudden the Roman goddess Pomona jumps out of one of them! With her wild red hair and her lively nature she is causing even more chaos …

  • There's a Garden Growing on my Back

    by Birgit Unterholzner / Leonora Leitl

    »There's a Garden Growing on my Back«: Fido and his granddad are inseparable even though he suffers from dementia – a poetic portrait about the creation and loss of memories. Grandad is a little out of rhythm. Mom says he has dementia and sometimes it is not easy with him. He wanders out at night, forgets where he lives, looks for his shoes in the oven and takes apples for potatoes. But grandson Fido loves his grandpa. They write lists of things that make them happy, they experience the good and the bad, as grandpa says: »Sometimes it goes up, sometimes it goes down.« Birgit Unterholzner's heart-warming story about caring and understanding tells the tale of the incomparable love between a grandson and a grandfather.

  • February 2021

    They Didn't Get Me

    by Felix Kucher

    Mary S. Rosenberg, bookseller from Germany, and Tina Modotti, revolutionist from Italy, could not be more different. Mary grows up well-situated and is groomed to one day take over her father’s book-store, despite her distinct wish to become a doctor. Throughout the course of her life her aversion diminishes and selling books becomes her passion. Tina is born into poverty and forced to work in a factory early on. As she grows older, she travels the world and turns into a photographer, actress and revolutionary, defending communism in the Spanish Civil War and the Mexican Revolution.Two extraordinary lives – whose path is more fulfilling? Felix Kucher intertwines the lives of two women who both face fascism in their own way.

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