The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers by Coco Schumann

April 2018. First trade paperback.
The memoir of Jewish jazz prodigy Coco Schumann, one of Germany’s most celebrated musicians. Recounts his life in the vibrant and illegal underground Berlin club scene, his harrowing experiences in Theresienstadt (Terezín) and Auschwitz, and playing with jazz greats. Short-listed for the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, Jazz. 50+ historical documents and rare photographs.

The Abolition of Species by Dietmar Dath; translated by Samuel P. Willcocks

April 2018
A futuristic novel presenting a highly-original take on the decline and rebirth of civilization. Part Darwin, Orwell, Phillip K. Dick, Marx, Doctorow and Ursula K. Le Guin, Dath splices together an epic tale of the biotechnological Gente – chimera who gene/gender/shape-shift – and their multi-planetary, multi-dimensional war against a form of ceramic postbiological life. Grandiose, lyrical, horrific, literary, erotic, and visionary.

Dancing on Thin Ice: Travails of a Russian Dissenter by Arkady Polishchuk

May 2018
In 1970s USSR, Arkady Polishchuk tries to emigrate. He’s a Russian Jew and journalist with critical “State secrets” – identities of KGB officers influencing foreign affairs through a state-run magazine. In his passage to dissent, he covers an anti-Semitic show trial, writes samizdat publications, is arrested, imprisoned and several beaten, collaborates with refuseniks and smuggles eyewitness testimony of persecuted Christians to the West. In exile, Polishchuk is a spokesperson for human rights causes with “Door of Hope” and for Amnesty International. With sardonic prose and captivating detail, he captures an extraordinary moment in time with a cast of political figures that would later become part of contemporary Russia, as well as the risks taken and prices paid for freedom.

Malva by Hagar Peeters

September 2018
Winner of the 2016 Fintro Literature Prize, this dual-track story of daughters yearning for recognition from their fathers is part magical-realism, part poetry, and part sparkling prose. The author Hagar Peeters, a prize-winning Dutch poet, gives voice to Pablo Neruda’s only daughter, Malva, who was abandoned with a deformity in a Dutch orphanage where she died during WWIIMalva tries to discover an answer to the question of how Neruda, the flawless hero who stood up for the forgotten and trampled, could deny the existence of his own daughter. She asks Peeters, whose own father was a journalist in Chile at the moment Neruda died as well as a man who concealed the existence of his own daughter for the first eleven years of her life, to be her ghostwriter.
“It only takes half a page to realize that the poet Hagar Peeters is also a novelist of exceptional ability.” NRC Handelsblad  4-stars
“An incandescent and evocative debut.” – Trouw

A Rebel in Gaza by Asmaa al-Ghoul and Selim Nessib

October 2018
Growing up in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza strip and now exiled in France, journalist Asmaa al-Ghoul offers an intimate view of the relentless violence between Palestine and Israel. Even as a child she was “strong minded” and received criticism for not covering her head and being too outspoken. As a journalist and activist, she has refused to be silent about her opposition to Hamas and Fatah, which has led her to imprisonment, brutal interrogations, death threats and attacks. A Rebel in Gaza is Asmaa’s story as told to the Lebanese writer Selim Nessib over meetings, phone calls, Skype, and even texts during the 2014 siege of Gaza when she was locked in the “open air prison” that her homeland had become. Both determined and dedicated to its liberation through writing and culture, she paints the sensory portrait of the native country she passionately loves, which over the years has become a cauldron of wars and fundamentalism.

The Last Days of Mankind –  A Visual Guide to Karl Kraus’ Great War Epic
Artwork by Deborah Sengl. Contributions by Marjorie Perloff, Matthias Goldmann, 
Paul Reitter, and Anna Sochuck

November 2018
With critical success over the past four years, artist Deborah Sengl (b. 1974, Vienna) has exhibited taxidermied rats, drawings and paintings in order to restage Karl Kraus’ nearly-unperformable play The Last Days of Mankind (Die Letzten Tage der Menschheit, 1915–22). Featuring Sengl’s entire installation, the DoppelHouse Press edition also includes essays that examine her ambitious dramaturgy, which condenses Kraus’ ten-to-fifteen hour drama into an abridged reading of its themes: human barbarism, the role of journalism in war, the sway of popular opinion and the absurdities of nationalism. Published in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of the Armistice which ended The Great War but bred another soon to come, this edition of The Last Days of Mankind offers an agit-prop protest crossing the boundaries of art and spanning the knowledge of the century that has passed since Kraus penned his play. 

Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer: Two Émigré Aritsts of the Viennese Modern Movement by Ursula Prokop

January 2019
Prokop’s meticulously researched history restores Jacques and Jacqueline Groag to their rightful places in the pantheon of Viennese Modernists. The couple studied and worked within a circle of notables including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Adolf Loos, Paul Engelmann, Josef Hoffmann and Franz Čižek. Beginning with the Groags’ early collaborations in the 1930’s to their lives as Jewish émigrés after the Anschluss, Prokop explores the couple’s unique aesthetic contributions in pre-Reich Vienna and Czechoslovakia as well as later in Britain for postwar exhibitions, monuments, furniture and textile design.

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