Book look: an English calendar and an exciting expedition

langenscheidtLangenscheidt has not only released a language calendar with English grammar knowledge quizzes and a wide range of information about culture in different English-speaking countries – the publishing house also offers a Business English version. The pocketsize release created by Karen Richardson is packed with detailed information about special business terms. It also explains the different economic sectors in English and helps people who have another native language with English business small talk. Other topics included in the 2014 deal with customers and marketing, the office and business trips.

Langenscheidt Sprachkalender 2014 Business English
By Karen Richardson
Published by Langenscheidt (www.langenscheidt.de)

palla“Der Kapitän und der Künstler. Die Erforschung der Terra Australis” documents an extraordinary expedition. In 1801, a group of adventurers set out to explore the South Seas. The team fronted by navigator Matthew Flinders examined what is known today as Australia. The men – who named the continent – were accompanied by Ferdinand Bauer, an outstanding illustrator. The artist’s portrays of plants and animals – of which many are featured in the book – are remarkable. “Der Kapitän und der Künstler. Die Erforschung der Terra Australis” is a special publication about a special adventure.

Der Kapitän und der Künstler. Die Erforschung der Terra Australis
By Rudi Palla
Published by Dumont (www.dumont-buchverlag.de)

Book look: Bahr and Borussia

bahrEgon Bahr held various posts in the Social Democratic Party. However, the German politician is best known for being Willy Brandt’s closest friend and most important political advisor. In the 1960s and 1970s, Bahr consulted Brandt regarding his controversial Eastern Europe strategy. He was also at his side during a trip to the United States where Brandt met Robert and John F. Kennedy. Bahr – who got to know Brandt already in the 1950s – writes about the day the chancellor resigned. He also deciphers the difficult relationship between the late SPD leader with Herbert Wehner and Helmut Schmidt, the party’s other key personalities in the 1060s and 1970s. Brandt died in 1992. Last year, the late mayor of Berlin would have celebrated his 100th birthday had he lived. Bahr is still highly active as analyst of political developments. At the age of 92, he still is a popular person to be interviewed and invited to television debates.

“Das musst du erzählen.” Erinnerungen an Willy Brandt
By Egon Bahr
Published by Propyläen (www.propylaeen.de)

borussiaThere are many extraordinary stories to tell about Borussia Mönchengladbach, one of the most popular German football teams. Now four employees of the club’s media and communication office decided to collect them. The result is a book packed with great anecdotes about a great club and its players. “Ein Heimsieg per Post” – in which stories of the past 50 years are featured – is the perfect gift for every fan of the “Fohlen”. Markus Aretz organised the research for the publication. “Ein Heimsieg per Post” is not the first book about his favourite club. “Die Elf vom Niederrhein”, “11 Torjäger”, “Akte Aufstieg” and several other books were created at his desk as well. In his latest release, fans find information about Borussia Mönchengladbach’s iconic players such as Berti Vogts, Uwe Kamps, Stefan Effenberg and others. There are tales about stolen buses, fires and funny television appearances. The book also includes many photos and hilarious statements by the club’s legendary players and coaches.

Ein Heimsieg per Post
By Markus Aretz, Christoph Baumeister, Andreas Cüppers and Michael Lessenich
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (www.werkstatt-verlag.de)

Book look: Vincent Van Gogh

The Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam recently hosted a very special exhibition focusing on the work routine and methods of Vincent van Gogh.hirmer

All those who love the oeuvre of the famous Dutch painter but missed the exhibit can catch up by checking out the exhibition catalogue. It does not just feature several informative articles by Nienke Bakker, Muriel Geldof and others about the artist’s choice of colours and his selection of materials.

The 300-page picture book also includes some of his best known paintings such as the sunflower portrait which is normally on display at the National Gallery in London. Furthermore, “Van Gogh at Work” features two self-portraits from 1887 and a large number of pencil drawings and drafts – an important part of the artist’s work which has not really been in the spotlight as yet.

In their texts, the experts on the painter explain how he fought for establishing his very own style. They analyse Van Gogh’s desperate quest for an artistic identity and put special attention on his early years as a painter. This is definitely the most precise examination of his artistic output ever.

Van Gogh at Work
By Marije Vellekoop
Published by Hirmer (www.hirmerverlag.de)

Book look: the rolling reporter

Michael Wigge has created several funny television reports about highly unusual topics. He is also the author of “Ohne Geld bis ans Ende der Welt”, a wiggebestseller about travelling without any money.

Now the German journalist – who is always looking for new challenges – tried to cross his home country from the most northern point to the most southern place of land. As means of transport, Wigge chose the slowest vehicle he could think of: a scooter.

His book does not just document the physical strains he had to endure. Wigge also writes about his encounters with extraordinary people throughout the country. He met a man who won the world championship for beards. Furthermore, Wigge discovered all kinds of personal collections – from candy to garden gnomes. At the end, the rolling reporter reveals whether he succeeded. His target at the start of the journey was to reach southern Germany in 80 days or less.

There is an uncountable number of serious and not so serious books about long trips and very special expeditions: people climb the highest mountains and cycle from continent to continent in record time. But covering 2.473 kilometres at a snail’s pace is certainly a fresh approach to the subject of travelling.

Auf dem Tretroller durch Deutschland
By Michael Wigge
Published by Malik (www.malik.de)

Book look special: new Austrian novels

1“Get me Gioachino Rossini’s noodle” – Kurt Palm’s latest novel has not yet been published in English. However, its title “Bringt mir die Nudel von Gioachino Rossini” has the potential to cause laughs – and irritation – in many languages. The book follows “Die Besucher”, a thrilling horror novel. And with “Bad Fucking”, Palm proved his versatility in different genres. The bizarre – and obscene – comedy hit was even turned into a movie starring Michael Ostrowksi and Wolfgang Böck. Writing fiction books is by far not the only field Palm has succeeded in. He has also been writing columns and books about Austrian poet Adalbert Stifter and a legendary football match between Switzerland and Austria. “Bad Fucking”, “Die Besucher” and his new novel have been released by Residenz Verlag, a publishing house based in St. Pölten.

Bringt mir die Nudel von Gioachino Rossini
By Kurt Palm
Published by Residenz Verlag (www.residenzverlag.at)

2Three years ago, a young Austrian writer caused a stir with his “Cafe Anschluss”, a satirical book focused on the similarities and differences of his home country and Germany. Now Michael Ziegelwagner – who lives in Frankfurt and Vienna – presents his first novel. Its title “Der aufblasbare Kaiser” – which can be translated as “The Inflatable Emperor” has been released by Rowohlt. Ziegelwagner, who was born in the Lower Austrian city of St. Pölten, started working for fake news magazine Titanic in 2009 but is expected to continue publishing books due to the wide acclaim for “Cafe Anschluss”.

Der aufblasbare Kaiser
By Michael Ziegelwagner
Published by Rowohlt (www.rororo.de)

Book look soccer special: Rethy, Redelings and Fuss

Reports about this summer’s Football World Cup in Brazil are currently dominated by sad and negative news: violence, corruption, construction delays and poorly paid workers. benredelingswmalbumBen Redelings’ new book helps to lift a soccer fan’s mood. His WM-Album is packed with hilarious portrait photographs by former football stars and remarkable statements by stars of previous tournaments. Two pages are dedicated to Diego Maradona who has never been reluctant regarding controversial quotations. Other chapters of the pocket-sized publication contain juicy revelations from interviews and footballers’ biographies. Many players from all over the world are featured in the book – from celebrated goalkeepers like Peter Shilton and Sepp Maier to legendary strikers such as Hans Krankl and Jürgen Klinsmann.

Ben Redelings’ WM-Album
By Ben Redelings
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (www.werkstatt-verlag.de)

Bela Rethy is one of the most experienced and best-known sport journalists of Germany. He mostly commentates football matches. However, Rethy is also active rethyregarding winter sports and other competitions. He was assigned by TV station ZDF when Germany won the European Football Championship in England in 1996 against the Czech Republic thanks to a Golden Goal by striker Oliver Bierhoff. Rethy was also the commentator of the final of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea – and forced to watch on as Brazil’s Ronaldo ensured that Germany still has to wait for a fourth World Cup title. In his new book, Rethy not only explains his working strategies and preparation methods. He also tells from a turbulent childhood in a politically unstable Hungary. His family migrated to Brazil but returned to Europe to settle in Germany when he was 11 years old. “LIVE. Die Länderspiele meines Lebens” features photographs of his handwritten notes essential to commentate a soccer match live on air. The book also includes articles contributed by Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp and former Bayer Leverkusen boss Reiner Calmund.

LIVE. Die Länderspiele meines Lebens
By Bela Rethy
Published by Lübbe (www.luebbe.de)

Wolff-Christoph Fuss commentated football matches for Sat.1 and other private broadcasters before joining Pay TV station Sky in 2012. He is known for his emotional approach to the job. fussMany football fans appreciate his style of commentating as he is always outspoken and honest. Furthermore, Fuss refuses trying to disguise his passion for the game. Over the years, Fuss met Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and former Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal. In his new book, Fuss tells from these encounters. He also describes his first career steps and writes about his experiences in Europe’s most spectacular stadiums – from Istanbul to Liverpool and Madrid.

Diese verrückten 90 Minuten. Das Fuss-Ball-Buch
By Wolff-Christoph Fuss
Published by C. Bertelsmann (www.cbertelsmann.de)

Book look: sea battles and young WWII soldiers

1Two German university professors teamed up to tell from the decisive naval battles in world history. Arne Karsten and Olaf B. Rader analyse the impact of the maritime conflicts on the drawing of borders in Europe and all over the world. They explain the various changes as far as the type and usage of weapons is concerned as well as many other detail aspects of this subject. On 370 pages, Karsten and Rader write about sea battles between 480 before Christ and the 20th century. Several maps are included in the book to help readers to understand the commanders’ strategies on the battlefield. “Große Seeschlachten. Wendepunkte der Weltgeschichte” is one of several serious history books released by C.H. Beck, a Munich-based publishing house. The company recently also presented “Trauma und Alpträume. Eine Geschichte Russlands im 20. Jahrhundert”, a book about the history of the Soviet Union by Dietmar Neutatz and “Martin Luther. Rebell in einer Zeit des Umbruchs” by Heinz Schilling.

Große Seeschlachten. Wendepunkte der Weltgeschichte
By Arne Karsten and Olaf B. Rader
Published by C.H. Beck (www.beck.de)

2Malte Herwig did extensive research for his new book “Die Flakhelfer”. The publication contains explosive revelations about some of Germany’s leading thinkers and their involvement in World War Two. Herwig documents the personal stories of men, most of them born between 1926 and 1928, who were called up in the final phase of the devastating conflict. Herwig – a Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin author who previously released a Peter Handke biography (“Meister der Dämmerung”) – investigated documents stored at NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. He managed to uncover new details of what “Hitler’s last heroes” – the child soldiers of the Second World War, among them Martin Walser, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Walter Scheel – experienced in the German Wehrmacht.

Die Flakhelfer
By Malte Herwig
Published by DVA (www.dva.de)

Book look cinema special: The Third Man

Alexander Glück is chasing the Third Man in Vienna. The film – directed by Carol Reed in 1949 – is widely regarded as a landmark achievement in the early days of commercial cinema.1

Alexander Glück’s new book – which is on sale as of now – does not just feature lots of information about its cast from Joseph Cotten to Alida Valli. It is also packed with great photographs of streets and squares in the Austrian capital which are of importance in the movie. Furthermore, Glück portrays the Viennese Third Man museum and reveals secrets about the capital city’s sewerage system where several key scenes of the film were shot.

The legacy of the “The Third Man” is undisputed, and the black and white film written by English playwright Graham Greene will continue to have an impact of the international image of Vienna for a long time. Visiting the places where Orson Welles and the other members of the cast were once strolling along is a main reason to travel to Vienna for many tourists who fell in love with the city before their first trip – thanks to the lovely Austrian and foreign characters in “The Third Man”.

Seeing the movie at the Burgkino (www.burgkino.at), a tradition-rich cinema near the State Opera – has been an integral part of their holiday in Vienna for thousands of holidaymakers over the years. The film is a regular part of the weekly programme at the Burgkino where all films are screened in their original language version.

Auf den Spuren des Dritten Mannes in Wien
By Alexander Glück
Published by Pichler (www.styriabooks.at)

Book look: Larcher and life-changing moments

larcherDaniela Larcher’s new book is out now. Larcher – Bregenz-born writer – studied archaeology before she moved to New York. Today, she is based in Vienna. “Neumond” tells from the third murder case investigated by chief inspector Otto Morell. Larcher – who also wrote “Die Zahl” and “Zu Grabe” – once more created a thrilling novel. This time, Morell has to examine a crime in wintertime. The discovery of a corpse becomes a welcome excuse not to go skiing for the St. Gröden investigator. Critics have praised Larcher’s new book as “excellent and entertaining”.

Neumond
By Daniela Larcher
Published by Fischer (www.fischerverlage.de)

und dann“…und dann war alles anders. 39 Momente, die das Leben veränderten.” tells from important decisions, crucial moments and life-changing experiences. In the book, migrants recount their personal story and explain how they managed to overcome various hurdles on their way to happiness and success in Austria. Among the personalities represented in the book, there are several celebrities like television presenter Arabella Kiesbauer, musical star Maya Hakvoort and former State Opera director Ioan Holender. The book does not only feature gripping real-life stories but also excellent portrait photographs of those who share their personal experiences. “…und dann war alles anders. 39 Momente, die das Leben veränderten.” is an Echomedia Buchverlag release and comes shortly after “Dosen abfüllen können andere billiger”, an informative and amusing collection of interviews with Viennese Mayor Michael Häupl. Peter Pelinka, Raimund Löw and other renowned journalists spoke with the influential docial democrat for the book edited by Helmut Schneider.

…und dann war alles anders. 39 Momente, die das Leben veränderten.
By Brigitte Lendl, Susanne Athanasiadis and Stefan Gormasz
Published by Echomedia Buchverlag (www.echomedia-buch.at)

Book look: general knowledge check and a German snapper’s tales

1dudGerman publishing house Duden has released another quiz book as a reaction to the big success of a similar release in 2012. “Testen Sie Ihre Allgemeinbildung 2” features 333 questions which enable everybody to test their general knowledge. Politics, geography, science and culture are just some of the covered topics. The multiple choice structure turns the book into a possible quiz night tool. “Testen Sie Ihre Allgemeinbildung 2” – which can be purchased at a very fair price – starts with a warming-up section of apparently easy questions. But be careful – they might turn out to be rather tricky!

Testen Sie Ihre Allgemeinbildung 2
By Jürgen Hotz, Julia Prus and Michael Bauer
Published by Duden (www.duden.de)

1Jürgen Vollmer can look back on an exciting life. The Hamburg-born photographer lived in Paris and New York for decades to be close to the stars of showbiz. Working as accredited film set photographer, Vollmer met Austrian actress Romy Schneider, “Sleepy Hollow” star Johnny Depp and many more. However, he also portrayed ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev, and some of the greatest rock musicians of the 20th century. His new book with the bulky title “Wie ich John Lennon die Haare schnitt, vor Romy Schneider davonlief und Catherine Deneuve zum Lachen brachte” not only features his impressive photos. It also contains informative texts in which Vollmer tells from the many adventures he experienced over the years. There are stories from wild nights with the stars. However, the German photographer also tells from rather intimate moments with the celebs.

Wie ich John Lennon die Haare schnitt, vor Romy Schneider davonlief und Catherine Deneuve zum Lachen brachte
By Jürgen Vollmer
Published by Edel (www.edel.com)