Ulrich Ladurner has written a new book. The experienced journalist, who has written reports and analyses about several war-stricken regions and countries governed by repressive regimes – spoke to inhabitants of Tehran, the capital of Iran, for “Küss die Hand, die du nicht brechen kannst”. His stories underline how diversified the country’s culture and its people are, and that there is much more to it all than what lies on the surface. In “Küss die Hand, die du nicht brechen kannst” – the book’s title can be translated as “Kiss the hand which you cannot break” – Ladurner portrays workers, shoppers, freedom-seeking youths and fundamental followers of Iran’s political and religious leaders. Ladurner – who was born in Meran, South Tyrol, Italy, but lives in the German city of Hamburg – wrote about life in Kabul, Afghanistan, in “Eine Nacht in Kabul. Unterwegs in eine fremde Vergangenheit”. The book was released around two and a half years ago.
Küss die Hand, die du nicht brechen kannst. Geschichten aus Teheran.
By Ulrich Ladurner
Published by Residenz Verlag (www.residenzverlag.at)
“Bangkok Noir” is Roger Willemsen’s commercially most successful book. Released in 2009, it developed into a long seller which is in great demand all year, not just ahead of Christmas. In “Bangkok Noir”, the German essayist creates a superb, intimate portrait of the capital of Thailand. Willemsen decided to get up in the evening to walk through the streets of the city of more than eight million inhabitants all night. The author, who received the Grimme Award in 1993, spoke with prostitutes, migrant workers and marketers. The German press expressed unanimous acclaim upon the release of “Bangkok Noir”. Critics praised the book as “precise” and “overwhelming”. In a recent interview with Die Zeit, a German weekly, Willemsen revealed that he was “around 17 years old” when he visited a brothel for the first time. “To ogle – that was my only reason for going there. I was absolutely unable to do anything else,” he explained. The interview took place at the “Ritze”, a night club in Hamburg in Hamburg’s infamous Reeperbahn quarter. Willemsen said: “I have spent lots of wonderful evenings (at the ‘Ritze’). Wolf Wondratschek, a poet, was the lover of Domenica, a famous prostitute of the area. He used to hang around here a lot.”
By Roger Willemsen
Published by Fischer Taschenbuch (www.fischerverlage.de)
German skills are getting more and more important, not only in Austria. As an increasing number of companies seek new staff among foreigners, firm chiefs and department bosses expect them to have fluent German. This development – and general immigration developments – have created a rise in demand for German lessons. “Deutschfix. Rechtschreibung, Zeichensetzung und Grammatik”, a study book released by Klett, is an excellent tool for learners. The concept of the publication’s authors – Hennes Heuckmann, Manfred Maier and Uli Mezger – to build up various links between grammar, spelling and other aspects of learning the language, is convincing. This approach ensures that German is practiced by the students in a sensible and sustainable way. On 80 pages, “Deutschfix. Rechtschreibung, Zeichensetzung und Grammatik” contains gap-filling exercises, information boxes and texts which are similar to what learners might come across in real life. A CD-ROM with additional 150 exercises is another essential feature of the book.
Deutschfix. Rechtschreibung, Zeichensetzung und Grammatik
By Hennes Heuckmann, Manfred Maier and Uli Mezger
Published by Klett (www.klett.de)