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A Contented Man and other stories$2.99
A man waiting in a tower to be killed by an Albanian sworn virgin as part of a blood vendetta. A mythical Irish puca who refuses to take no as a response to his presence. A man obsessed with a long-dead woman in an Impressionist painting. A boy haunted by what might have happened to a woman pulled dead from a lake.
A Hand Full of Water$16.00
“Tzveta Sofronieva’s poetry sparkles, not in her native Bulgarian, but in German; like her compatriot Bulgarian Julia Kristeva, she changed tongues to reach a wider world. Her A Hand Full of Water is the most compelling volume in German verse since the work of Ingeborg Bachman and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.” — Willis Barnstone
Published shortly after the First World War and before Siddharta and Steppenwolf, Demian marks a significant turning point in Hesse’s literary career. It is the first time Hermann Hesse used the novel overtly as a means to explore ideas of the self, the meaning and purpose of existence, as well as his own ideas and interpretations of theosophy and Eastern Philosophy. As such it is ranked among the finest of his works.
I Called Him Necktie$9.99 – $15.99
Twenty-year-old Taguchi Hiro has spent the last two years of his life living as a hikikomori—a shut-in who never leaves his room and has no human interaction—in his parents’ home in Tokyo. As Hiro tentatively decides to reenter the world, he spends his days observing life around him from a park bench. Gradually he makes friends with Ohara Tetsu, a middle-aged salaryman who has lost his job but can’t bring himself to tell his wife, and shows up every day in a suit and tie to pass the time on a nearby bench.
Narcissus and Goldmund$13.79
Narcissus is a teacher at Mariabronn, a monastery in medieval Germany, and Goldmund his favourite pupil. While Narcissus remains detached from the world in prayer and meditation, Goldmund runs away from the monstery in pursuit of love. Thereafter he lives a picaresque wanderer’s life, his amatory adventures resulting in pain as well as ecstasy. His eventual reunion with Narcissus brings into focus the diversity between artist and thinker, Dionysian and Apollonian.
Swiss poet Erika Burkart (1922-2010) has been compared to the likes of Ingeborg Bachmann, Friedericke Mayröcker, and Rainer Maria Rilke. During the latter half of her lifetime, the Swiss literary establishment perceived her not only as the grande dame of German-Swiss poetry, but also as an elusive, metaphysical, at times eccentric enigma of contemporary German-language literature.
Siddhartha is a short novel about the life and spiritual journey of one man in ancient India, seemingly a simple tale told in a simple, lyrical style. But together with an uncanny empathy for his characters and often awe-inspiring human insight, Hesse displays mastery of the profoundest themes: the reader attains total immersion in a truly gripping quest for enlightenment, making this one of the great literary experiences.
Snow Flurries and other stories$2.99
The German Democratic Republic, East Germany. An abusive guard encountered many years after a woman’s nightmare imprisonment in Hoheneck women’s prison. A man’s reluctant return to Dresden two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A killing in the context of the ripple effects of an iconic church’s demolition in Leipzig. The very long shadow of war-time rape and loss in a Meissen courtroom in present-day Germany. All of these are elements in Romy Fölck’s evocative mini collection of four short stories.
Loosely based on the true story of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose fabricated 1995 Holocaust memoir transfixed the reading public, The Canvas has a singular construction—its two inter-related narratives begin at either end of the book and meet in the middle.
“A novel as suspenseful as it is complex.”
—Deutsche Welle TV
The Hundred Days$12.69
A poignant look at Napoleon’s seemingly triumphant return to Paris from exile in March 1815. The story of Napoleon’s last grasp at glory is framed both through the eyes of the Emperor himself and infatuated young washerwoman working in the imperial palace. Before long, one hundred days have elapsed and war and truth have crushed the lofty dreams of both Napoleon and those who idolized him.
Who is Martha$9.99 – $15.99
A rollicking tale about facing death with verve and style, richly told with great feeling and historical depth.