With Melinda Nadj Abonji winning the Deutscher Buchpreis very unexpectedly (and Jung und Jung Verlag proving in a most stunning way that a very small publisher can land a very big hit in German language lands indeed!) I am, first of all, in line for all the best wishes! What an accomplishment! This said – […]

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Ginge es nach der Gunst von Lesern und (online) Buchkäufern, dann mĂĽsste die Entscheidung zum Deutschen Buchpreis heute Abend in einem Kopf an Kopf Rennen zwischen Peter Wawerzinek(„Rabenliebe“, Galiani) und DoronRabinovici(„Andernorts“, Suhrkamp) fallen. Dies zeigt eine Auswertung, basierend auf Daten von Amazon.de von der Veröffentlichung der LonglistEnde August bis gestern, Sonntag 3. Oktober 2010 zur […]

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After a pause of a few months – and lots of strategizing, research and development and just a huge load of regular work, this blog is back in operation. So expect to find posts and a few improvements here on a regular basis again. The quick link of today points to the “50 Fiction Authors […]

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Who’s on top in Chinese fiction
November 30, 2009 by ruediger

The yearly top revenue based ranking of Chinese writers by Danwei provides, just as in previous editions, some highly interesting (and entertaining) insights in how the Chinese fans and readers are ticking. Don’t only go for the top few names, but read the by-lines, and occasionally check back grounds for the names listed – and […]

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Together with Miha Kovac of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, we did a survey on book bestseller lists in seven major European markets over the past 12 months The top 40 writers divide into 13 writing in English, and 27 writing in other – European – languages, with Swedish (8), French (5) as the strongest, […]

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“Wanted: The global bestseller. A new study shows: Only a few writers are successful on a global scale. Yet national bookmarkets are diverse (not homogenized).”

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Our Global bestseller list has been featured in the week’s buchreport.express, and buchreport online – Germany’s leading source of book market information. The list which has been established for the first time ever, based on bestseller information from across Europe, the USA, and China, has had braod media attention, including The Bookseller, The Guardian and […]

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Blogging – the Elite Way
February 4, 2008 by ruediger

Apologies for being a lazy blogger, but here I can report on a curious and multi facetted battle in German print culture. A few weeks before Jonathan Littell’s originally French novel “Les Bienveillantes” (“The Kindly Ones”) is due for release in German translation at Berlin Verlag, the prestiguous conservative broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) starts […]

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So today, more than 48 hours before the official release date, the New York Times publishes a first review of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – and guess what, aside from, of course, not revealing the end (which, also a matter of course, everyone interested could see already for a few days everywhere on […]

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Those literary values – revisited
June 27, 2007 by ruediger

Over dinner – or, if you prefer, during the past hour or so – I lost roughly 10 percent of my literary capital. Initially, I had 5000 $, provided by Riesenmaschine, a Berlin based fancy blog, to bet on the outcome of what is still probably the strangest annual event in literature in the German […]

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