Fit fürs Abi
Author: Friedel Schardt, Thorsten Zimmer
The Death of Vishnu
Author: Manil Suri
Publisher: A&C Black
Vishnu, the odd-job man in a Bombay apartment block, lies dying on the staircase landing. Around him the lives of the apartment dwellers unfold - the warring housewives on the first floor, the lovesick teenagers on the second, and the widower, alone and quietly grieving at the top of the building. In a fevered state Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini and comedy becomes tragedy as his life draws to a close.
Now a major motion picture Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize A New York Times bestseller A Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book “Extreme times call for extreme reactions, extreme writing. Hamid has done something extraordinary with this novel.”—Washington Post “One of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader.”—Junot Diaz “Brief, charming, and quietly furious . . . a resounding success.”—Village Voice At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter . . . Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with Erica shifting. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
The Black Album
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Religion is for the benefit of the masses, not for brain-box types like you. Those simpletons require strict rules for living, otherwise they would still think the earth sits on three fishes. But you mind-wallahs must know it's a lot of balls. An Asian kid from Kent goes to college in London and teams up with a sympathetic group of anti-racists. But it's 1989, the year of the fatwa, and as Shahid begins a hedonistic affair with his lecturer, his radical Muslim friends want to steer him away from the decadence of the West. We're not blasted Christians. We don't turn the other buttock. We will fight for our people who are being tortured anywhere - in Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir, East End! Hanif Kureishi's witty stage adaptation of his strikingly prescient and acclaimed novel, The Black Album, humorously considers how the events of 1989 have shaped today's world, where fundamentalism battles liberalism. A co-production with Tara Arts, The Black Album premiered at the National Theatre, London, in July 2009.
Tobias Brandt outlines how information technology (IT) can be used to integrate sustainable energy technologies into existing infrastructures. The topic is approached from micro, meso, as well as macro perspectives. He first describes how IT artifacts can be used to manage renewable energy sources and energy storage devices in individual households and microgrids for an improved economic and ecological performance. The author proceeds by assessing the economic feasibility of aggregating electric vehicles for large-scale energy storage. The final chapter explores the issue of stability in automated mechanisms. A game-theoretical model is first introduced for financial markets and later transferred to the automated management of energy demand.
Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Set in 1960, this novel tells of Filib Kobal's journey from his home in Carinthia to Slovenia on the trail of his missing brother, Gregor. He is armed only with two of Gregor's books: a copy book from agricultural school, and a Slovenian - German dictionary, in which Gregor has marked certain words. The resulting investigation of the laws of language and naming becomes a transformative investigation of himself and the world around him.
Words in Context
Author: Louise Carleton-Gertsch
Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen
Der Klassiker unter den Oberstufenwortschätzen - vollständig überarbeitet! Vokabular im Kontext lernen und die Ausdrucksfähigkeit nachhaltig verbessern. Aktueller Wortschatz zu allen Themen der Oberstufe. Lebendige landeskundliche Informationen. Systematische Wortschatzerweiterung mit Kollokationen, Wortfamilien, Synonymen und Antonymen sowie "falschen Freunden". Online-Extra: Audio-Dateien zu allen Texten als Stream und MP3-Download (Zugangscodes im Buch).
Of all the aspects of recovery in postwar Germany perhaps none was as critical or as complicated as the matter of dealing with Nazi criminals, and, more broadly, with the Nazi past. While on the international stage German officials spoke with contrition of their nation's burden of guilt, at home questions of responsibility and retribution were not so clear. In this masterful examination of Germany under Adenauer, Norbert Frei shows that, beginning in 1949, the West German government dramatically reversed the denazification policies of the immediate postwar period and initiated a new "Vergangenheitspolitik," or "policy for the past," which has had enormous consequences reaching into the present. Adenauer's Germany and the Nazi Past chronicles how amnesty laws for Nazi officials were passed unanimously and civil servants who had been dismissed in 1945 were reinstated liberally—and how a massive popular outcry led to the release of war criminals who had been condemned by the Allies. These measures and movements represented more than just the rehabilitation of particular individuals. Frei argues that the amnesty process delegitimized the previous political expurgation administered by the Allies and, on a deeper level, served to satisfy the collective psychic needs of a society longing for a clean break with the unparalleled political and moral catastrophe it had undergone in the 1940s. Thus the era of Adenauer devolved into a scandal-ridden period of reintegration at any cost. Frei's work brilliantly and chillingly explores how the collective will of the German people, expressed through mass allegiance to new consensus-oriented democratic parties, cast off responsibility for the horrors of the war and Holocaust, effectively silencing engagement with the enormities of the Nazi past.
Author: Peter Stamm
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Peter Stamm's best-selling debut novel, Agnes, now available for the first time in the United States. "Write a story about me," Agnes said to her lover, "so I know what you think of me." So he started to write the story of everything that had happened to them from the moment they met. At first, he works with Agnes to create a narrative that is most true to life, but as time passes and he grows more enamored with the narrative he has begun, he continues writing on his own, imagining a future for them after he reaches the present. Happy couples do not necessarily make for compelling reading, and as Agnes sees the unexpected plot he has planned for her, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur. In this unforgettable and haunting novel Stamm incisively examines the power of storytelling to influence thought and behavior, reaching a chilling conclusion.
This Spanish vocabulary-building book presents more than 13,000 entries. It also includes an enclosed audio MP3, which coaches language students in correct pronunciation of Spanish and contains approximately 10 hours of audio, which covers virtually all of the book. All vocabulary in this book is categorized under different themes. Each theme groups together many different words relating to similar topics, which helps students of Spanish and travelers to Spanish-speaking countries conveniently find words that are related by subject. Among each book's 24 separate subject themes are: business terms, medical terms, household terms, scientific words and phrases, units of measurement, clothing, food and dining, transportation, art and culture, and others.
Author: Ulrich Bauer