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Whole of Life

by Jürg Laederach & Geoffrey C. Howes

With tongue resolutely in cheek, saxophonist, critic, poet, and one-time enfant terrible of Swiss literature Jürg Laederach here pursues the ambition of forcing all of human existence into a single novel. In...


Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman

by Minka Pradelski & Philip Boehm

Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman is Minka Pradelski's enchanting novel of listening and telling, of the silence between Holocaust survivors and their children, and of the power of stories to mend broken bonds

When feisty...


The Taste of Apple Seeds

by Katharina Hagena

Shimmering with the incandescence and irresistible magic of the novels of Alice Hoffman, Joanne Harris, and Aimee Bender, Katharina Hagena's smash international bestseller, The Taste of Apple Seeds, is a story...


In Times of Fading Light

by Eugen Ruge & Anthea Bell

An enthrallingly expansive family saga set against the backdrop of the collapse of East German communism, from a major new international voice

* Over 450,000 copies sold in Germany alone * Rights sold in 20 countries...


City of Angels

by Christa Wolf & Damion Searls

The stunning final novel from East Germany's most acclaimed writer

Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the writer Christa Wolf was granted access to her newly declassified Stasi files. Known for her...


Rosshalde

by Hermann Hesse & Ralph Manheim

Rosshalde is the classic story of a man torn between obligations to his family and his longing for a spiritual fulfillment that can only be found outside the confines of conventional society.

Johann Veraguth,...


Pictor's Metamorphoses

by Hermann Hesse, Rika Lesser & Theodore Ziolkowski

In the spring of 1922, several months after completing Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse wrote a fairy tale that was also a love story, inspired by the woman who was to become his second wife. That story, Pictor's Metamorphoses...


Peter Camenzind

by Hermann Hesse & Michael Roloff

Peter Camenzind, a young man from a Swiss mountain village, leaves his home and eagerly takes to the road in search of new experience. Traveling through Italy and France, Camenzind is increasingly disillusioned...


Knulp

by Hermann Hesse

First published in 1915, Knulp was Hesse's most popular book in the years before Demian. This is the first edition in English.

Knulp is an amiable vagabond who wanders from town to town, staying with friends...


The Journey to the East

by Hermann Hesse & Hilda Rosner

"A great writer . . . complex, subtle, allusive." - New York Times Book Review

In simple, mesmerizing prose, Hermann Hesse's Journey to the East tells of a journey both geographic and spiritual. H.H., a German...


Narcissus and Goldmund

by Hermann Hesse & Ursule Molinaro

Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a passionate yet uneasy friendship between two men of opposite character. Narcissus, an ascetic instructor at a cloister school, has devoted himself solely to scholarly...


Steppenwolf

by Hermann Hesse & Basil Creighton

Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the...


Beneath the Wheel

by Hermann Hesse & Michael Roloff

Hans Giebernath lives among the dull and respectable townsfolk of a sleepy Black Forest village. When he is discovered to be an exceptionally gifted student, the entire community presses him onto a path of serious...


Demian

by Hermann Hesse

A brilliant journey of the psyche written by one of Germany's most influential writers and thinkers, Herman Hesse

First published in 1919 under the pseudonyn Emil Sinclair, Demian follows the life of a troubled...


Gertrude

by Hermann Hesse & Hilda Rosner

With Gertrude, Herman Hesse continues his lifelong exploration of the irreconcilable elements of human existence. In this fictional memoir, the renowned composer Kuhn recounts his tangled relationships with...


Life Goes On

by Hans Keilson & Damion Searls

Published when the author was just twenty-three, Life Goes On was Hans Keilson's literary debut, an extraordinary autobiographical novel that paints a dark yet illuminating portrait of Germany between the world...


Awakening to the Great Sleep War

by Gert Jonke & Jean M. Snook

One of the loveliest riddles of Austrian literature is finally available in English translation: Gert Jonke's 1982 novel, Awakening to the Great Sleep War, is an expedition through a world in constant nervous...


Across

by Peter Handke & Ralph Manheim

Handke's novel tells the story of a quiet, organized classics teacher named Andreas Loser. One night, on the way to his regularly scheduled card game, he passes a tree that has been defaced by a swastika. Impulsively...


The Hunger Angel

by Herta Müller & Philip Boehm

A masterful new novel from the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize, hailed for depicting the "landscape of the dispossessed" with "the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose" (Nobel Prize Committee)

It...


Absence

by Peter Handke & Ralph Manheim

The time is an unspecified modernity, the place possibly Europe. Absence follows four nameless people -- the old man, the woman, the soldier, and the gambler -- as they journey to a desolate wasteland beyond...