Born in Moscow, Wladimir Kaminer emigrated to Berlin in the early ´90s when he was 22. Russian Disco is a series of short and comic autobiographical vignettes about life among the émigrés in the explosive and extraordinary multi-cultural atmosphere of ´90s Berlin. It´s an exotic, vodka-fuelled millennial Goodbye to Berlin. The stories show a wonderful, innocent, deadpan economy of style reminiscent of the great humorists. [Several of his European editors make a comparison with current bestseller David Sedaris.] Kaminer manages to say a great deal without seeming to say much at all. He speaks about the offbeat personal events of his own life but captures something universal about our disjointed times.
Just after the iron curtain fell on Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune. This title deals with the two artists, who at the height of their powers, answer their needs to document human struggle.
The secret diaries of a twenty-three-year-old White Russian princess who worked in the German Foreign Office from 1940 to 1944 and then as a nurse, these pages give us a unique picture of wartime life in that sector of German society from which the 20th of July Plot -- the conspiracy to kill Hitler -- was born.
Peeling the Onion is a searingly honest account of Grass´ modest upbringing in Danzig, his time as a boy soldier fighting the Russians, and the writing of his masterpiece, The Tin Drum, in Paris. It is a remarkable autobiography and, without question, one of Günter Grass´ finest works. By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Tin Drum.
Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Absurdistan, The Russian Debutante´s Handbook (winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction) and Lake Success. His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries.
A thrilling page-turner of epic proportions, Tom Reiss´s panoramic bestseller tells the true story of a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince in Nazi Germany. Lev Nussimbaum escaped the Russian Revolution in a camel caravan and, as ´´Essad Bey,? became a celebrated author with the enduring novel Ali and Nino as well as an adventurer, a real-life Indiana Jones with a fatal secret. Reiss pursued Lev´s story across ten countries and found himself caught up in encounters as dramatic and surreal-and sometimes as heartbreaking-as his subject´s life.
A life full of stories. A mother whose family lost their hotel and estate during the Russian revolution. An Austrian Father who fled the Nazis to Kharkiv in Ukraine, where Ljuba Manz-Lurje was born during World War II. She experiences occupied Vienna and the privations after the war - and wants only one thing: to escape this poverty. Today, Ljuba Manz-Lurje is the best-known hotel Entrepreneur in Switzerland and the third generation to manage Manz Privacy Hotels. This biography can be read in several ways: it is, on the one hand, the story of a strong woman who cuts her own path through life. It is also the story of a successful Entrepreneur in a male-dominated business world, as well as of a mother, who learns to combine work and family long before the idea of work-life balance has even been invented. Most importantly, however, it paints a portrait of a woman who has never lost her joie de vivre despite all the ups and downs in her life.
Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In Becoming Myself, his long-awaited memoir, he turns his therapeutic eye on himself, delving into the relationships that shaped him and the groundbreaking work that made him famous. The first-generation child of immigrant Russian Jews, Yalom grew up in a lower-class neighbourhood in Washington DC. Determined to escape its confines, he set his sights on becoming a doctor. An incredible ascent followed: we witness his start at Stanford Medical School amid the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, his turn to writing fiction as a means of furthering his exploration of the human psyche and his rise to international prominence. Yalom recounts his revolutionary work in group psychotherapy and how he became the foremost practitioner of existential psychotherapy, a method that draws on the wisdom of great thinkers over the ages. He reveals the inspiration for his many seminal books, including Love´s Executioner and When Nietzche Wept, which meld psychology and philosophy to arrive at arresting new insights into the human condition. Interweaving the stories of his most memorable patients with personal tales of love and regret, Becoming Myself brings readers close to Yalom´s therapeutic technique, his writing process and his family life. In this, his final work, Yalom finds wisdom in a line from Charles Dickens: ´For, as I draw closer and closer to the end, I travel in the circle nearer and nearer to the beginning´. Following Yalom back to his beginnings is an invitation to travel nearer to our own, and the opportunity will stand as one of his most profound gifts.
A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, an intimate lens on the century´s bloodiest conflict, and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK ? LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD ? ´´This powerful memoir, illuminated with Molly Crabapple´s extraordinary art, provides a rare lens through which we can see a region in deadly conflict.´´-Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends-fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq-joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coca-Cola into one another´s eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country´s president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary, another dead at the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble. Marwan was there to witness and document firsthand the Syrian war, from its inception to the present. He watched from the rooftops as regime warplanes bombed soldiers; as revolutionary activist groups, for a few dreamy days, spray-painted hope on Raqqa; as his friends died or threw in their lot with Islamist fighters. He became a journalist by courageously tweeting out news from a city under siege by ISIS, the Russians, and the Americans all at once. He saw the country that ran through his veins-the country that held his hopes, dreams, and fears-be destroyed in front of him, and eventually joined the relentless stream of refugees risking their lives to escape. Illustrated with more than eighty ink drawings by Molly Crabapple that bring to life the beauty and chaos, Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution-and how it bled into international catastrophe and global war. This is a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and, even in the midst of war, profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope. ´´A book of startling emotional power and intellectual depth.´´-Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger and From the Ruins of Empire ´´A revelatory and necessary read on one of the most destructive wars of our time.´´-Angela Davis