Every age begets the activists it deserves. Cultural regression breeds its own brand of resistance, and it is no coincidence that the era of Hirschfeld and Reventlow also saw the emergence of Expressionism and Dadaism. It will be interesting to see which other Wilhelminian rebels will be added to Rixdorf’s exciting new list.
— Anna Katharina Schaffner, Times Literary Supplement


Publisher James J. Conway talks to Phillip Adams on Late Night Live, Radio National (Australia), 5 September 2018


About the press

RIXDORF EDITIONS is a Berlin-based press formed in 2017 which is committed to bringing unfairly neglected texts of the German Empire to a contemporary English-language readership. While the Germany of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was distinguished by censorship and a reactionary official culture, it also sustained a remarkable number of progressive writers. Essays, reportage and other non-fiction titles often foretold a world surprisingly similar to our own. Advocates for female emancipation, sexual minorities, lifestyle reform and utopian visions pursued their ideals with an energy and rigour to rival anything in the country’s fabled 1920s. Meanwhile, fiction writers expanded the boundaries of form, style and subject matter in ways that can still appear radical to us now. The Rixdorf Editions list aims to reflect this innovation and diversity with original English translations of publications from the era paired with thoughtful commentary which puts the works and their creators in context.

Further reading

James J. Conway on setting up the press at minor literature[s]

An article for the Goethe-Institut (in German here)

The origin of the name

An insight into the artwork