Now you’re flying from the fifth floor for my son!


Eleven disturbing stories from China with an irresistible pull. Stories about a country in transition, still largely characterised by lack of prospects, poverty and social insecurity. At the book’s heart are lowly employees, entrepreneurs, farmers, students or civil servants. They all live in a society where most people are completely abandoned to the whims of the police and the authorities as well as to the coldness and selfishness of their fellow human beings. The tales were based on images and memories from the author’s childhood and youth, which she has interwoven in the stories with an air of sophistication. Although the book, which won Luo Lingyuan the 2007 ›Adelbert-von-Chamisso Sponsorship Prize‹, flashes with occasional moments of hope, it is not really suitable bedtime reading, requiring as it does a steady nerve.

(eBook) – ca. 200 pages – € 5,99  ♦  Press reviews



German thinkers on China

Published and with an afterword by Adrian Hsia. – Newly commented eBook edition.

“I consider it a singular plan of the fates that the greatest culture and the greatest technical civilization of humanity should today be concentrated, as it were, in the two extremes of our continent, in Europe and in China,” Leibniz wrote enthusiastically in 1697. His book “Novissima Sinica” formed, as it were, the prelude to much systematic preoccupation with the Middle Kingdom by renowned German philosophers and writers.

The anthology German thinkers on China presents a selection of central and influential texts on the German reception of China over four centuries, by authors ranging from Leibniz, Kant, Lichtenberg and Herder to Hegel, Marx and Franz Mehring to Karl Jaspers. It vividly portrays how – in the course of the Jesuit mission, mercantilism and finally colonialism – the initially distant China increasingly moved into the consciousness of the spiritual Europe. However, it also becomes clear that almost all the thinkers’ understanding of Chinese society and culture remained to a large extent trapped in the collective fashions, ideologies and views of their own time and society.

                                                       (eBook) – ca. 390 pages – € 5,99