Foreign Rights

Dear colleagues,


welcome to the Foreign Rights Department of mairisch Verlag. We are an independent publishing house founded in 1999 and located in Hamburg.


Whether fiction, non-fiction, audio books, graphic novels or music, mairisch Velag exclusively publishes books, CDs and LPs we really care about. In 2013 mairisch Verlag invented Indiebookday.


In the following you will find a list of titles from our program including fact sheets and sample translations. You can also download our Rights Guide. If you are interested in any of our books, please let us know and we will send you a reading copy or PDF.


Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.


mairisch Verlag

Hannah Zirkler

Rights Catalogue 2017
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 19.1 MB

Available Rights

Stevan Paul

Stevan Paul, born in 1969, lives in Hamburg. Today, the skilled cook works as a food-stylist and author, he writes culinary texts, columns and travel coverages for magazines and newspapers. His cookbooks are bestsellers. His blog Nutriculinary is one of the most read food-blogs in Germany. |

Stevan Paul

The big Glander (Der große Glander)



In his first novel The big Glander author Stevan Paul tells a tale of how food can become art. But it is also a story about love, coming home and the freedom of being able to always reinvent ourselves. The result is a passionate declaration of love for cooking – and a lot of fun.

288 pages (70,000 words)


Fact Sheet
Fact_Sheet_Stevan Paul_The great Glander
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 88.7 KB
Sample Translation
The Great Glander.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 109.0 KB

Stevan Paul

Land of plenty (Schlaraffenland)

A book about the comfort of warm rice pudding, the art of cooking a lentil dish and the imponderables of love.

Short Stories


With profound humor author and cook Stevan Paul tells 15 cooking stories, led by the search for the modern land of plenty. That non-magically place is right behind the changing rooms of a berlin department store, it is located in Sweden's snowy forests, at the beach of the island of Sylt, in the depths of the internet, in the kitchen of a long closed mountain hotel and on the ground of an empty soup plate. And of course there is a matching recipe at the end of every story.

192 pages (41,208 words)

  • Rights sold:
    • Paperback rights sold to: Suhrkamp (Germany)
    • Ivan Limbakh Publishing House (Russia)
Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_ Land of plenty_Stevan Paul.p
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 90.4 KB

Finn-Ole Heinrich

Finn-Ole Heinrich, born in 1982, is one of the most acclaimed young german authors. His short story collection DIE TASCHEN VOLL WASSER was published by mairisch Verlag in 2005, picking up enthusiastic reactions from readers and critics, as did his following books RÄUBERHÄNDE and GESTERN WAR AUCH SCHON EIN TAG. His books for children (published at Hanser Verlag), FRERK, DU ZWERG and DIE ERSTAUNLICHEN ABENTEUER DER MAULINA SCHMITT, won several prizes for best german children's books.

Finn-Ole Heinrich

The Boy with the Rubber's Hands (Räuberhände)



Following his highly praised short story collection Pockets full of water, The Boy with the

Robber’s Hands is Finn-Ole Heinrich’s first novel. The award-winning author

and filmmaker tells the story of Janik and Samuel, whose intense friendship is put to the test

by a dramatic experience. Everything that previously held them together seems to have been

questioned in a matter of minutes.

208 pages (54,350 words)

  • 70.000 copies sold in Germany (Hardcover & Paperback)
  • Rights sold:
    • Paperback rights sold to: btb&Random House (Germany)
    • Theater rights sold to: Thalia Theater, Hamburg (World Premiere)
    • Foreign rights sold to: SONM Publishers (Bulgaria)
Fact Sheet
Info about Author & Book
Finn-Ole Heinrich - Robber Hands Info 20
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 135.3 KB
Sample Translation English
By Katy Derbyshire
Robber Hands.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 92.1 KB
Sample Translation French
By Anne Durand-Zechner
Les mains de voleur.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 34.2 KB

Finn-Ole Heinrich

Yesterday was also a day (Gestern war auch schon ein Tag)

Short Stories


Susan is missing a leg. Tom fell down the stairs. And Henning lies until he tells the truth. Finn-Ole Heinrich writes about people who began to sway, who life knocked over with full force. And who have to get up again now. Finn-Ole Heinrich is one of the big talents of Germany's contemporary literature scene. In their honesty, linguistic clarity, sensibility and also in their humour, theses stories leave a long lasting impact on the reader. Storytelling at its best.

160 pages (39,620 words)

  • 10.000 copies sold in Germany (Hardcover & Paperback)
  • Rights sold:
    • Paperback right sold to btb/Random House (Germany)


Sample Translation English
"A Time of Jokes", translated by Katy Derbyshire
Finn-Ole Heinrich - A Time for Jokes.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 41.9 KB
Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_Yesterday was also a day.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 164.4 KB

Michael Weins

*1971. He is a writer and psychologist based in Hamburg. He has published severeal highly acclaimed novels and two collections of short stories. In a touching epilogue Michael Weins tells the reader how much of »Golden Rider« is real and part of his own childhood.

Michael Weins

Golden Rider (Goldener Reiter)



What happens when a single mother seriously loses her nerves and is finally committed to a psychiatry clinic? Jonas Fink, her son, loses all protection a child usually can take for granted. He tries to pretend that everything is normal. Because everything that happens is normal, at least for him. Michael Weins succeeds impressively in captivating Jonas' year of change in powerful images and stylistic decisiveness.

208 pages (52,000 words)



Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_Golden Rider_Michael Weins.pd
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 61.3 KB

Dorian Steinhoff

*1985. He is an author and a mediator of literature. Since 2007 he has been touring with his reading performance through the German-speaking countries. He works with adolescents and young adults in cultural education projects, writes for, the young magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and organizes literature events. He lives in Cologne.

Dorian Steinhoff

The light of the flames on our faces (Das Licht der Flammen auf unseren Gesichtern)

Short Stories


In seven short stories Dorian Steinhoff examines the question on how we actually control our life. He gives his caracters a harsh, direct tone and manages at the same time to let them appear tender and vulnerable in all their defeats and shortcomings. He succeeds in illuminating them in a very special way.

168 pages (54,000 words)

  • Rights sold:
    • Paperback rights sold to: Droemer (Germany)
    • Foreign rights sold to: Poeteka (Albania)
Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_The light of the flames on ou
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 51.5 KB

Stefan Beuse

He worked as a copywriter, photographer and journalist. He is also an award winning novelist who published, among others: „Kometen“ (Kiepenheuer und Witsch), „Die Nacht der Könige“ (Piper), „Meeres Stille“ (Piper), „Alles was du

siehst“ (C. H. Beck). He was poet in residence at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His novels »Kometen« and »Meeres Stille« have been made into films and received international awards.

Stefan Beuse

The Book of Wonders (Das Buch der Wunder)




Penny and Tom are siblings, but quite different. Penny trusts in life and believes in miracles, whereas Tom always needs scientific explanations for everything. But as more and more unexplainable things happen, he has to develop his own sense of truth. He realizes that the membrane between visible and invisible world has become permeable.



Twelve years later: Tom is successfully working in an advertising agency, when suddenly strange events occur: An old police file is reopened, a mysterious girl knows a lot more than she should, and someone seems to follow Tom. It's in this situation when Tom remembers "The book of wonders", his sister's legacy, which which sends him on a journey on which nothing is sure - and Tom has to face his true self.



A gripping and poetic novel about the biggest of all quests: The search for ourselves.



224 pages (40.000 words)
German edition out on March 1st, 2017


Fact Sheet
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 834.0 KB

Dagrun Hintze

Born in Lübeck, is now living in Hamburg as a freelance writer. Her theater plays are
being performed in Ulm, Dresden, Hamburg, Aalen and Winterthur. She has received
many awards for her fiction and poetry. She also regularly writes about contemporary
art and theater. She never picks up the phone when she watches football on television
on Saturdays and has already slept in Borussia Dortmund bed sheets.

Dagrun Hintze

Ballcontrol. Women, Men and Football (Ballkontrolle. Frauen, Männer und Fußball)


My friend Jan and I are standing next to each other at the bar. Borussia Dortmund just won and we already had a
few beers and the sheer act of talking already starts to become difficult.
Jan says: “I have been thinking. You really should write something on women and football.”
“And why should anyone read anything like this?” I ask him while ordering one last round.
“Because you talk about football like a man!”

 Dagrun Hintze tells us about her love for football, about men sleeping in Borussia Dortmund bed sheets, and about those intense minutes between kickoff and the end of each game. She recalls the most memorable football events in the past, from the World Championship 1954 to the European Championship 2016. Hintze is certain: Football has more to do with the Dionysian of the greek’s myths than many other cultural events. The only requirement is: you need to know how football is being played, otherwise - espacially if you‘re a woman - you‘re not going to enjoy the fun. So Hintze is asking her fellow women to start to get into football, perceive it as a cultural event, just like a theater play or a movie - and get a better understanding of what the buzz is all about.


100 pages (18.000 words)
German edition out on April 1st, 2017


Fact Sheet
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 666.4 KB

The Philosophy of Gardening

Kitchen gardens, stone gardens, moss gardens, botanical gardens, scenic gardens … the many varieties of what we call a garden is immense. And thus certainly also the way we treat and maintain our gardens. But before you think of how, you need to ask yourself why one should be gardening in the first place? Should we rather not leave nature to itself, do we as human beings always have to intrude, do we always have to create artificial spaces? Or are we not actually bringing back nature into our concret jungles through urban gardening? Gardening is a virtue only performed by humans, we do not know of any animals who are gardening. And we also know that anyone who is gardening is exploring a new world and enriching his life and the lifes of others. This is true about the tiny permaculture garden on your balcony, the kitchen garden that has to feed a whole family or the buddhistic stone garden in Japan.

The authors of this essay collection are not only looking into the philosophical dimensions of gardening but are also trying to outline the political and aesthetic implications - making this book a deep but also light and entertaining read.


Featuring Dr. Kristina Vagt, Dr. Brunhilde Bross-Burkhardt, Elke von Radziewsky, Maximilian Probst, Judith Henning,

Annette Holländer, Nicole von Horst, Roberta Schneider, Dagmar Pelger, Prof. Dr. Dieter Wandschneider

and others.


224 pages (60.000 words)
German edition out on February 15th, 2017


Fact Sheet
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 720.8 KB

Graphic Novels:

Sebastian Jung


AFKAT-Award 2016

Fact Sheet
Fact_Sheet_Sebastian Jung_Albert.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 84.8 KB

Raphaela Buder

The Roots of Lena Siebert
(Die Wurzeln der Lena Siebert)

AFKAT-Award 2015

Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_ The Roots of Lena Siebert_Ra
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 56.4 KB

Sohyun Jung

Don't forget to wash out the salt
(Vergiss nicht, das Salz auszuwaschen)

AFKAT-Award 2014

Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_ Dont forget to wash out the
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 99.9 KB

Tilo Richter & Jan Kottisch

Flash Preussen

AFKAT-Award 2012

Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_ Flash Preussen_RichterKottis
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 70.6 KB

Karin Kraemer

The girl without hands
(Das Mädchen ohne Hände)
Illustrated Book after a Tale by Brothers Grimm.

AFKAT-Award Special Price 2012

Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet_The girl without hands_Karin
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 40.8 KB