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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. Now he has published his first children's book with mairisch: TRECKER KOMMT MIT.
Finn-Ole Heinrich & Dita Zipfel
Illustrations by Halina Kirschner
Tractor's Coming Too (Trecker kommt mit)
Children's book (age 3+)
"There are about a thousand things for Tractor to do in the city. At least a thousand."
What are you saying? The tractor is not supposed to come along? I can hardly understand why we will be moving from the countryside into the city, but okay, if you wish to do so ... But I really cannot see why the tractor should not come along. You might not know, but there are so many things to do for a tractor in town. It can help when we go shopping and you need more than the usual for example. Or when there is a traffic jam on the motorway, the tractor can easily make way, which will be much better than to wait behind other small cars. I tell you: Either the tractor's coming too or I stay!
Finn-Ole Heinrich and Dita Zipfel have written an anarchic, wild and fearless book for children. Even grown-ups will ask themselves after reading the book how they could survive without a tractor up to now. The book has been illustrated by newcomer Halina Kirschner from Leipzig who is a genius when it comes to screen-print-optic.
Finn-Ole Heinrich (Text) & Rán Flygenring (Illustration)
The Journey to the Center of the Forest
(Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Waldes)
Age 8+ and for adults
184 pages with a lot of illustrations and tutorials
»You haven’t been here, peanut. You don’t know what that means: Forest. You know nothing, but I’m gonna show you everything.«
Imagine a forest. Without beginning, without end. Imagine lakes, rocks, valleys, gorges. Imagine the wildest animals. Imagine a sea of trees, a continent of wood and green. Imagine the maximum forest. And now imagine in all this the Robber. Yes, the Robber. The only real expert for the rough life, for survival. Outside, without anything, against everyone, all on his own.
There are things in life you can never be prepared for. Being a father for example. What does it take to be a good father? Where do you learn that, being a father? These questions are raised by the narrator in »The Journey to the Center of the Forest«. To find answers, he sets off one night on his way into a huge, mystical forest. This is where the legendary Robber is supposed to live. With him the narrator wants to complete the perhaps most important training – not in looting people, of course, but in how to become a father who knows how to protect his child in any situation. And yes, he is successful, he finds the Robber, or rather, the Robber finds him. The adventure begins ...
Illustrator Rán Flygenring, who has worked with Finn-Ole Heinrich several times and received numerous awards, completes this text with her wonderful, dreamy forest illustrations and various helpful tutorials. The result is an homage to the force of the forest. And it is a loving letter to your own child, telling one of the last great adventures in a »world without adventures«.
The Boy with the Robber'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)
Yesterday was also a day (Gestern war auch schon ein Tag)
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 (40,000 words)
Andrea Hejlskov * 1975 in Denmark, studied Psychology in Copenhagen, where she also worked as a teacher. She was also managing director of a coaching agency and worked as a consultant. She is the author of a children's book and gives dedicated lectures on the impact of radical life decisions. Since 2011 she lives together with her four children and her husband in the southern Swedish forest.
The Great Escape (Wir hier draußen - Eine Familie zieht in den Wald)
A true story about turning away from civilization starting over in the woods
Danish author Andrea Hejlskov is sure that she and her family cannot go on like this. She and her husband do not see any sense in their daily work anymore, the children are sitting in their rooms in front of the computers, and there are hardly any real conversations. It becomes obvious: this is not the life they want to continue living. They decide to change everything fundamentally and look for what really matters. And they want to get out into nature, away from civilization with its demands and limitations. When they are offered a cabin in a forest in Sweden, everything suddenly becomes very real.
But the family needs to re-learn the most basic things in daily life, such as chopping wood, building a log cabin, cooking outdoors, how to behave when someone gets hurt or sick. Sometimes the problems are hard to deal with, sometimes the parents think about giving up, sometimes the adventures are great fun.
With remarkable honesty, the Danish author Andrea Hejlskov reports of a radical decision. It is the story of a family whose members change their lives completly - and thus find a new life together.
296 pages (77,000 words)
Published in Denmark 2013 (Og Den Store Flugt, Limfjordsforlaget)
Published in Germany 2017 (Wir hier draussen, mairisch Verlag)
The voice is our very own instrument, and we carry it with us at all times. Naturally the voice is also at the center of a Philosophy of Singing when we ask ourselves: What is singing? Is it an artistic expression, a mirror of the soul or even a political act? What do cantabile, parlando or the whole voice mean? Do animals sing? Does singing last into silence? And is it a difference to sing together in the pub or church choir or alone in the shower?
21 authors write about all philosophical, poetical and practical aspects of a cultural technique which is always part of our natural expression. Since the myth of Orpheus, singing has influenced philosophy and the arts – and still does today.
Editor and author Bettina Hesse has been singing for most of her life. And all the authors who speak in this volume have fun at singing, as philosophers and writers, as choir leaders and singers, with voice performance and world music, on stage, in nature, in the liturgy or music therapy, even in duets with bees.
Featuring Ralf Peters, Jeanette Zippel, Volkmar Mühleis, Alexandra Naumann, Lisa Pottstock, Maximilian Probst, Angela Steidele, Mariana Sadovska, Ernesto Pérez Zúñiga, Konrad Heiland, Bettina Wenzel, Julia Hagemann, Nika Bertram, Ute Almoneit, Josef-Anton Willa, Maria Gorius, Monika Buschey, Markus Stockhausen, Marie T. Martin, Simon Rummel.
272 pages (80.000 words)
German Edition out September 2019
For most people, cooking is a daily routine. We cook for ourselves and our family, for friends and colleagues, and are satisfied when our meals taste good. Very often it has to go as fast as possible, but sometimes it will be a feast, which appeals to all our senses. At that very moment, we realize that cooking may be more than just to stop us of being hungry.
Eighteen authors - including chefs, food activists, journalists, bloggers, gastro critics, scientists and of course
philosophers - write about this special moment, defining their philosophy of cooking. We learn which evolutionary influence food cooking has on humanity, how Zen Buddhism influences Japanese
cuisine and learn more about the perception of taste and the ability to speak about it. And we understand what sustainable and regional cooking can do with simplicity and when cooking becomes
political. A book everyone who likes cooking and wants know more about it.
As an editor and food journalist, Stevan Paul has always been interested in the influence that cooking has on our lives and our existence. In this volume he lets professionals from all areas of the cooking world have their say.
Featuring Stevan Paul, Nikolai Wojtko, Malte Härtig, Tanja Grandits, Daniel Kofahl, Sebastian Bordthäuser, Felix Schneider, Dieter Froelich, Thomas A. Vilgis, Jörn Kabisch, Tobias Müller, Hendrik Haase, Claudio Del Principe, Arnd Erbel, Hanni Rützler, Wolfgang Reiter, Maximilian Probst, Harald Lemke, Martin Wurzer-Berger.
240 pages (70.000 words)
German edition out on March 1st, 2018
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
224 pages (60.000 words)
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.
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)
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.
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 (41,000 words)
*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 jetzt.de, the young magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and organizes literature events. He lives in Cologne.
The light of the flames on our faces (Das Licht der Flammen auf unseren Gesichtern)
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)
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.
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
Sebastian Raedler studied philosophy and politics at Cambridge and Harvard and did his doctorate at the University of Cologne on Kant's moral philosophy. He works as a financial analyst in London. In his spare time he plays the piano, swims - and plays chess.
CHESS FEVER - How to Fall in Love with an Impossible Game
»When playing chess we constantly have to solve the problems our opponent sets for us. That makes the game so charming. For we hate problems, but we love to solve them.«
When Sebastian Raedler starts playing online chess, he is immediately captivated by the game’s intense struggle, its clever tactics and the unexpected beauty that results when the pieces join into an irresistible attack. Raedler, who has studied philosophy and politics at Cambridge and Harvard, starts questioning the game as well as his own infatuation with it. What it is about the universe of the sixty-four squares that has allowed it to beguile the human mind for centuries, seducing the likes of Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Beckett?
Raedler takes us on a journey that leads from the frustrations of the beginner to the most brilliant moments of chess history. Along the way, he discovers chess as a mirror of life, in which the fallibility of our thinking, the joys of overcoming resistance and our need for community are all equally reflected. This book is a declaration of love for a delightfully multifaceted game. It will enchant experienced chess players and novices alike.
144 pages (28.000 words)
German edition out on October 1st, 2019
Dr. Malte Härtig is a researching and writing cook and philosopher. Since university, he’s interested in Kaiseki and the Japanese food culture. He has a passion for unusual thoughts and the
beauty that lies in things and in thinking.
KAISEKI - Wisdom of the Japanese Kitchen
A journey through Japan’s kitchen and philosophy
Why do the pretty looking Japanese sweets called Wagashi taste like dusty sugar, why do the tea cups have strange dents, why doesn’t the soup taste of anything? Malte Härtig, cook and philosopher, is mystified when he first tastes Japan’s famous Kaiseki cuisine. He is unable to decode Kaiseki neither with his philosophical approach nor with his European cooking education. But then he finds access through Zen Buddhism and the famous tea ceremony: simplicity, mindfulness, calmness, concentration on details – all these elements of Japanese philosophy are reflected in the tea ceremony and in Kaiseki too. And with both, he encounters wisdom and a refreshing attitude, not only to food, but also to life.
Malte Härtig takes us on a journey and leads us through a complete Kaiseki menu and the experiences he has made with it. It starts with the tea itself, from the making of the tea cup to the various dishes. For all the elements one will learn interesting facts and stories that have accumulated in the millennia-old tradition: Härtig explains, why a fish called Hamo plays such a big role, which special features the cultivation of bamboo shoots have and which important role rice plays when it comes to define Japanese identity. One will understand why Japan, the mentality of its inhabitants and the Kaiseki cuisine are increasingly influencing the way we cook and live in Europe.
120 pages (22.000 words)
German edition out on October 1st, 2018
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.
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
*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.
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)