Much has changed in the past two years.
Not that long ago, we were preparing to participate in Book Fairs, schedule personal meetings with colleagues, etc. Now, after a horrific and challenging period of time, with many obstacles in front of us, we all are eager to regain some sort of what we could call normality.
In the past few months, we, like many others, have had to focus on the essential business of a publishing house: excite readers and sell our books. That alone posed a challenge due to the strained situation and the extraordinary conditions. But after the first lockdowns in 2020 we could see that the desire for normality also increased the interest in books again, and not only in the German speaking market.
In the upcoming month we want to focus on what characterizes our publishing house:
inspire readers to look beyond what is familiar while remaining connected to traditions and nature. With this purpose in mind, we are excited to present the online version of our Foreign Rights Catalogue for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
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At the same time, former US President Donald Trump denied
man-made climate change, although millions lost their belongings in the fires in California. But Climate change can no longer be denied–after all, our survival is at stake!
With his new book, the Dalai Lama calls on us to accept our responsibility and to work together to protect the environment. He also emphasizes the spiritual side of the climate problem: If we assume that we will be born into this world again–which is what many religions do–it will be for our own benefit, if we protect nature and live sustainability.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born in 1935 in Takster in Eastern Tibet. After the occupation of Tibet by China in 1959, he fled to India, from where he has since worked for the independence of his homeland. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Franz Alt, born in 1938, studied theology in Freiburg and Heidelberg. In his long-term career as a journalist, he has repeatedly made his mark as a critical spirit that questioned current interpretations of environmental and peace policy issues.
How is our planet doing? Drought and forest fires
wreak havoc. Climate refugees are drowning in the sea and the extinction of species is taking on alarming proportions.
»We humans are the only species that has the power to destroy–or still save–our planet and its climate.«
» Protecting our environment together! A wake-up call against stagnation and ignorance.
» The Dalai Lama’s urgent appeal to fight against the destruction of the earth and for the survival of mankind emerged from talks with the journalist Franz Alt.
- OÖ Nachrichten
Rights sold to:
- Brazil (LeYa)
- France (Trédaniel)
- Italy (Giunti)
- Netherlands (Xander)
- Poland (StopStudio)
- Portugal (2020 Editora)
- Spanish world rights
(El hilo de Ariadna)
- Thailand (Suan Nguen Mee Ma)
- Tibetan (Library of Tibetan
Works and Archives)
- UK (Bloomsbury)
- USA (HarperCollins)
- Vietnamese (1980 Books)
- German audiobook rights (DAV)
In the extensive report on biodiversity compiled by the IPBES-IPCC (a part of the United Nations), 500 scientists detail the status quo of the ecosystems, their living organisms, and their environmental conditions by drawing on studies conducted around the globe. They register what the planet has already lost, what it is about to lose, and what the odds are for what remains.
Biologist and science journalist Kurt de Swaaf has delved into this exhaustive subject. He notes that it is almost high noon already, but he also considers our prospects of turning back time with hope. By reforesting the rain forest in Costa Rica, for example, with the aid of research and investments—people just have to want it enough.
»The great account of all things that do creep and fly!«
Kurt de Swaaf, born in the Netherlands to parents of Austrian-German descent in 1963, is a biologist and science journalist. He attended university in Heidelberg, focusing his studies on water ecology and marine biology. He writes for Terra Mater, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
and Der Standard.
» Although the book paints a bleak picture of the state of the world, the author emphasizes that it is not too late and that the clock could be turned back – if only we wanted to.
What shape is the life of the plants and animals on our
planet really in? Now that the decade of biological diversity declared by the United Nations is coming to an end, this question is more topical than ever?
Kurt de Swaaf
THE STATE OF THE WORLD
Why We Can Still Save the Planet and
What We Have to Do for That
Release date: September 2021
Terra Mater Books
Our brain needs sustenance because it burns a lot of
energy every day. What we eat has a direct effect on the performance and the development of our brain. And that is true from the womb to old age. In her new book, best-selling author Manuela Macedonia shows how much the brain profits from the right nutrition but also how the wrong kind can damage it.
The fact that breast milk is the best thing for a baby is universally recognized. But not just to ensure strong bones or a working immune system, it is also essential for the brain structures to develop in an optimal way. The fact that a mother’s diet influences the development of the embryo’s brain, however, is a little more surprising.
The author describes the connections between a good and appropriate diet and a keen intellect in a scientifically sound, amusing, and very personal manner. This book is an absolute must for everyone who wants to nourish and cherish their mind.
Manuela Macedonia is a neuroscientist whose scientific mission is to research the mechanisms of the human brain. The best-selling author succeeds in imparting her knowledge to others in a unique way in books, inspiring lectures, and seminars. Macedonia researches and teaches at the Max-Planck-Institut in Leipzig and at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.
Rights sold to:
- German audiobook rights (Saga Egmont)
»The belly wants the head to read this book!«
Have you ever thought about why hearing loss and tinnitus are often stress-related? Or why the noises from the neighboring apartment are particularly annoying when you have already had a busy day? Almost everyone suffers from noise hypersensitivity, hearing loss or ringing in their ears at some point in their lives. In cooperation with FAZ journalist Dr. Lucia Schmidt, ENT physician and tinnitus specialist Dr. Uso Walter describes how much our sense of hearing determines our everyday lives.
The authors take the reader on a fascinating journey into the world of hearing, from the auricle to the inner ear to processing in the brain. In an informative and entertaining way, they describe the consequences of constant noise and other stress factors on our hearing, why hearing loss should be treated as early as possible, and today’s treatment options even for chronic tinnitus. They explain why hearing is primarily a mental issue and how knowledge of the ear-brain connection leads to more peace and (ear) health.
»Emotions and their Influence on Hearing.«
Uso Walter, MD, born in 1963, is an ear, nose and throat specialist who has been dedicating his work to the treatment of tinnitus for almost 20 years. He shares his therapeutic experience and knowledge about the issue on the YouTube channel »Tinnitus Consultation Hour.« In addition, he has developed the therapeutic tinnitus app »Kalmeda,« which was the first digital health app to be approved in Germany. Uso Walter lives in Duisburg, where he also runs an ENT practice.
Lucia Schmidt, MD, born in 1982, is a physician and has been responsible for the »Leib & Seele« pages in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung since 2013. She has published the book SPLEEN, THIS IS LIVER SPEAKING and was awarded the Journalism Prize of the Professional Association of German Surgeons. Lucia Schmidt lives in Frankfurt am Main.
The close connection between our hearing and our
stress system and emotions offers enormous advantages, but it also
comes at a price
A story of pandemics could be told quickly and would always show the same gloomy process. Yet it is made fascinating when set against the backdrop of the study of viruses, the struggle for gaining insight into their specific nature.
In his new book, multi-award-winning science author Matthias Eckoldt tells the story of these smallest forms of life, from the speculations in Antiquity and utterly fearless self-experiments to the cunning contemporary methods of analysis. This book makes clear that, to date, we have barely begun to penetrate the world of viruses. A highly gripping and readily intelligible scientific work.
Matthias Eckoldt, born in Berlin in 1964, is the author of novels, non-fiction books and plays. His works “Eine kurze Geschichte von Gehirn und Geist” and “Leonardos Erbe” were both nominated for the Bild der Wissenschaft Book Prize. Eckoldt was awarded the IDW Prize for Science Journalism and the Fellowship of the American Council on Germany in New York.
Matthias Eckoldt tells the story of
the virus and its scientific exploration that spans from the mythical abiogenesis of the pathogens to modern laboratory techniques and menacing future scenarios.
»A Contagious Reading Pleasure!«
» A highly exciting and at the same time generally understandable science book.
How do we deal with increasingly fast-paced
change, the digital transformation, the climate crisis, or a global viral pandemic? Humans have to remember one of their greatest potentials—their ability to find solutions.
It’s on everyone to use it, because we cannot be reduced to our genes.
The simultaneous pursuit of both safe and flexible strategies that create more and less foreseeable futures, thus creates the necessary courage to leave old paths behind and sustainably increases people’s innovative strength. If applied to education, talent management, research, politics, and our work environment, we could rewrite the history of the present that way.
Let’s avoid naive optimism and let’s no longer slow down ourselves by ancient, biologically determined fears and pessimism. Let’s defy the follower crisis. Let’s make us and our children the offer of becoming enablers! Through courageous, creative, and cooperative participation.
At age 16 Markus Hengstschläger was a punk rocker.
At 24 he gained a PhD in genetics, and at 35 he became the youngest professor of medical genetics.
Today the acclaimed scientist is the director of the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Vienna. He has been lecturing for two decades, heads the Academia Superior think tank, has a keen interest in ethical questions and is an advisor to governments and business.
»From now on, there are no more excuses.
From now on, being creative is the new normal.«
» The geneticist and best-selling author Markus Hengstschläger pleads in a brand new book for courage and creativity.
» It is a book that gives hope and spreads optimism, or rather, posibilism.
- Der Haubentaucher
When one’s soul is hurt, when one’s ego is offended, the desire for revenge isn’t far. Psychotherapist and best-selling author Reinhard Haller knows the small, evil, nagging voice within that calls for revenge, that wants to avenge a perceived or an actual injustice. But he also knows the big criminal cases he has worked on as a forensic psychiatrist. He shows the abysses vindictiveness leads to and that even the sweetest revenge leaves a bitter overtone—which persists in the form of guilt and a bad conscience for much longer than the sweetness could endure.
Reinhard Haller is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist.
The former medical director of the Clinic Maria Ebene
and president of the Society of Criminology is a sought-after expert and forensic consultant.
The desire for revenge occurs in every
relationship, even in some of the closest. And the thoughts of revenge are often followed by actions. In most cases, they are expressed in everyday malice but sometimes, they manifest in incredible crimes.
Caught Between Power and Powerlessness
Release date: April 2021
Evil (Rights sold to Korea)
Never Be Addicted Again (Rights available)
The Power of Grievance (Film rights sold)
The Narcissism Trap (Rights sold to Romania)
»From his psychotherapeutic practice, the author knows the sweetness and the bitterness of revenge. And the inevitable feeling of guilt that follows.«
Rights sold to:
- German audiobook rights (Saga Egmont)
Heinrich Maier was not a political person.
He was a chaplain in Vienna and a man of faith. But the regime of violence and repression in the Third Reich made him a man of resistance. Maier could not and would not subordinate his faith and his opinions to the Nazis and came to the conclusion that an end must be put to the regime.
As a member of one of the leading resistance groups in Austria, he remained unbending and began to share strategic information with the allied forces in 1940. Ultimately, he was arrested, interrogated, tortured and taken to the Mauthausen concentration camp. On 22 March 1945, he was one of the last resistance fighters that were killed by the Nazis only shortly before the end of the war. His faith in God as well as his love for Austria remained unharmed. They formed the point of departure for a story that is told for the first time in this book.
»A touching testimony of clerical resistance.«
Bernhard Kreutner, born in 1966, studied Political Sciences and Philosophy and since then has been working as an entrepreneur focusing on marketing and project development. He is the author of numerous novels and
non-fiction books and lives in Vienna.
In the mountains, the world-famous psychiatrist Viktor Frankl was »just Viktor,« as his wife Elly put it. Not an exceptional alpinist, but a true friend of the mountains, with heart and soul.
Climbing as a parable for life: We are confronted with our fears, overcome external and internal obstacles, train our body and our will and learn to trust absolutely – our own abilities,
but also our rope partner.
Elisabeth Lukas, psychotherapist and one of the best-known students of Viktor Frankl, adds context and well-founded logotherapeutic principles to accompany these climbing tours.
An hommage to an exceptional alpinist who provided us with a way to talk about the meaning of climbing.
Michael Holzer is a journalist, has been a business consultant for twenty years, and is a coach and confidant of personalities from the fields of economy, sports, and media. The most important intellectual mentor for his work is Viktor E. Frankl, with whom he shares a
love for the mountains.
Klaus Haselböck is editor-in-chief of the magazine Bergwelten. In his leisure time, the native of Lower Austria also enjoys climbing, hiking, or ski touring.
Through climbing, Viktor Frankl
reinforced his inner strength, which he called »defiance of the mind«. According to Frankl, this helped him to overcome his own fear of heights and more importantly to survive four concentration camps.
Rights sold to:
- Italy (Corbaccio)
» They skilfully interweave individual alpine delicacies from the life of the climbing professor with his life story and the development of his therapeutic approaches.
- Der Standard
» The authors have climbed all of the tours and describe them so authentically that one does not only get close to Frankl but also to the mountain. The book shows in a very elegant way that the impression we have of the psychiatrist Frankl would be unthinkable without the mountaineer Frankl.
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
» By following Frankl’s climbing routes the authors review his impressive life and connect every route with his work.
- Österreichischer Alpenklub
»This book offers many fascinating and unknown insights into the life and works of Viktor Frankl.«
Michael Lemster is the first to tell
the story of the Grimms – a family that was not always
what it claimed to be – in a way that is as entertaining
as it is illuminating.
In an impressive manner, Michael Lemster shows that not only Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were masters of their trade. Other, forgotten family members of the Grimms were also great artists. Moreover, he makes clear that the two fairy tale collectors were excellent imposters – with a deep fear of the emerging modern age. He not only presents a fascinating family history, but also sheds new light on one of Germany’s most important cultural assets.
»A dark German tale and the first biography of
the Grimm family.«
Michael Lemster, who grew up near Frankfurt, has always been passionate about searching for clues – as a studied cultural scientist (in Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg) and as a freelance publicist (for Die Zeit, NZZ and Bayerischer Rundfunk, among others). After a career in publishing, he has been working as a freelance consultant and publicist since 2009 in Augsburg.
» Well written, exciting to read, absolutely recommendable!
- Wiener Zeitung on THE MOZARTS
A controversial verdict causes loud criticism of Petersen, even his family turns away from him. His wife accusing him of being self-aggrandizing, biased, and letting himself be guided by prejudices is a slashing blow that opens up an old trauma: Corinna Maier, who shot her son‘s radical right-wing murderer in his courtroom, just before Petersen was able to pass his judgement. Suddenly, Petersen questions everything: his integrity as a judge, as a husband, as a father. In his mind, there is only one way out: He must confront himself with questions he never dared ask before …
Markus Thiele is an author and lawyer and knows the courtroom with all its facets. In his novels he skillfully interweaves fiction and reality using examples of true criminal cases that sometimes are still unsolved to this day.
Frank Petersen, a passionate criminal judge,
is convinced of the infallibility of the law. His verdicts, in his self-understanding, are objective and just. Until, one day, his life starts to fall to pieces and he is suddenly forced to judge himself.
»A profound novel about prejudice and xenophobia, about self-justice and the limits of justice and guilt, which will resonate long after you have finished reading it.«
Rights sold to:
- German audiobook rights (Saga Egmont)
A downed fighter jet over the Baltic Sea that throws the
European Union into chaos. Two corrupt power politicians who are playing with fire. And an attempted coup by the Bundeswehr that could destroy Germany forever ...
The downing of a military aircraft leads to an altercation between the EU allies. A perfect opportunity for the German chancellor‘s domestic opponents to replace the unloved politician. While the foreign minister enters into a pact with a NATO intelligence agency, the defense minister harnesses the press for his own purposes. But what neither of them suspect: The head of the German armed forces has long since pulled all the strings for a coup d'état to usurp the control centers of power.
A highly suspenseful novel that realistically ponders the future of the political situation in Germany and Europe
Rights sold to:
- German audiobook rights (Saga Egmont)
»When Democracy Threatens to Fail.«
Johann Palinkas, born in 1998, is studying law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. As a 14-year-old, he was
a sensation on the TV show »Germany’s Super Brain« with his ability to recognize 100 poems based on a single line
and recite them by heart. His time in voluntary military service with the German armed forces inspired
him to write his novel..
Germany 2048: The country is ruled by rightwing nationalists who have drawn the population to their side with populism and tough law-and-order politics. Critical reporting has abolished itself, and the judicial system has degenerated into a commercialized show format: It’s no longer the judge, but »the people« who issue the verdicts on guilt and punishment.
Meanwhile, the Muslim population, under the leadership of the large clan families, has retreated to its own territories–behind high walls and regulated by its own rules. Abdelkarim, the head of the al-Zahidi clan in Neu-Essen, however, has a vision: the legalisation of clan business and a peaceful co-existence. He finds an ally in Lorenz van Bergen, one of the country’s most popular criminal lawyers. But van Bergen underestimates the political intrigues and propensity for violence on both sides. And he gets caught up in a conspiracy that threatens to lead to disaster.
Clans and organized crime, political failures
and the division of society: CLAN-LAND is a political thriller that consistently takes current developments further and sketches an oppressive vision of a divided Germany.
Merciless, bleak, radical!
Burkhard Benecken is a criminal defence lawyer. He became known throughout Germany due to his celebrity clients from film and television as well as various clan figures whom he represented in court (including the families al-Zein, Remmo, Abou-Chaker etc.). In the public discourse he takes the position that the criminalization of whole families leads to an intensification of clan criminality. As an expert, Benecken is a regular guest on TV and radio talk shows.
»Between fascist politics and unleashed clan criminality, Burkhard Benecken teaches the reader to fear – to fear that the social abysses that have become flesh and blood in CLAN-LAND will become reality. It is shocking how absurdly realistic Burkhard Benecken’s bleak future scenario resonates.«
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