Followers of the Circus blog will know that we are big fans of the pocket-sized wonders that are Readux books – a Berlin-based publishing company that release three times a year short works of literature in both English translation and English language originals. We liked the first series so much that we are selling them at the Circus Hotel reception, and now we are pleased to announce that as of today the second series are ready and waiting to be read.
Here is more on the books for Series #2:
Picnic of the Virtues presents a series of vignettes by Felicitas Hoppe, 2012 winner of Germany’s most prestigious literary award, the Büchner Prize. These stylistically daring, extremely refined pieces offer a darkly comic vision of family life, and they constitute a significant and original contribution to contemporary German literature.
Philipp Schönthaler’s work is notable for its formally rigorous and highly polished treatment of fascinating themes, in this case the emotion toll of living as a high-performance athlete. When the Heart Drowns in Its Own Blood is a portrait of a professional free diver who faces relentless pressures both above and below the surface.
Translated from the Swedish, Cilla Naumann’s The Lesson is a finely shaded depiction of a power struggle between a student and a teacher. Naumann has a deep talent for understanding the workings of human interactions—which, after all, is one of literature’s great tasks. Watch her tackle it in this little gem of a psychological study.
You’ll read Adrian Todd Zuniga’s Flight with a contemplative and heartfelt grin on your face. It tells the story of an infatuation that begins in an airport and ends somewhere very unexpected. On the way, it ponders the question: what’s to be done once that celestial glow wears off?
We hope to have Series #2 in the Hotel very soon, but for now you can order print and e-book versions through the Readux website, and if you want to learn more about the project, check out this article from Slow Travel Berlin.