Book look: Russian tsars, German terms and Austrian insults

Twenty reporters of Germany’s most 1prestigious magazine have contributed articles to a book in which the 500-year rule of the Russian tsars is being investigated. Carmen Eller, Rainer Traub, Joachim Mohr and their colleagues focus on a wide spectrum of aspects in the new DVA publication, from the impact the leaders’ decisions had on the creative output of artists to economical issues affecting Siberia and Alaska. The life and work of intellectuals like composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyand poet Alexander Pushkin has also been considered in their examinations. Other topics include anti-Semitism among monarchs, the rise of Stalin and similarities between the tsars’ decision-making and the policies of incumbent Russian president, Wladimir Putin.

Die Herrschaft der Zaren. Russlands Aufstieg zur Weltmacht.
By Uwe Klußmann and Dietmar Pieper
Published by DVA (

Around 63,000 definitions are featured in PONS’ new dictionary for people learning German as a foreign language. This new release not only consists of keyword listings. It also contains a summary of the most important irregular verbs and topical groups where learners can find out more about public transport, Germany’s waste recycling system, national culinary traditions and the country’s medical care system. A large number of German terms is not just listed. The PONS German dictionary also contains explanations concerning their usage.

PONS Kompaktwörterbuch
Published by PONS (

“Der kleine Wappler” is a hilarious pocket-sized collection of typical Austrian swearwords. Astrid Wintersberger collected the controversial terms for this new publication. In its subheading, this special dictionary claims that Austrians use foul language more passionate than people anywhere else in the world. On around 80 pages, colloquial swearwords are explained to anyone not used to Austrian dialect. However, the vast majority of the listed terms cannot be translated in English or any other language because of their uniqueness – a fact which should not be deplored.

Der kleine Wappler. So schimpft und flucht Österreich.
By Astrid Wintersberger
Published by Residenz Verlag (

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