Welcome to Rixdorf Editions …
… a Berlin-based small press specialising in English translations of progressive German texts from around the beginning of the 20th century, issued along with informative commentary as quality paperbacks. We have five print titles to date, both fiction and non-fiction. You can get them through bookstores in the US, UK and Ireland or order them directly from us, and if you sign up to our mailing list we will send you a free PDF of our sixth title, The Nights of Tino of Baghdad by Else Lasker-Schüler. Our next print title is Antisemitism by Hermann Bahr, which is coming out in October 2019. Meanwhile you can find background information about our books on the blog, and more frequent updates on Twitter or Facebook.
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A slim volume of sweeping imaginative scope, The Nights of Tino of Baghdad sets out from the banks of the Nile before progressing through much of the Arabian world and beyond, including Morocco, Baghdad, Thebes and Constantinople. Along the way, Else Lasker-Schüler’s proxy Tino – ‘a poetess from Arabia’ – encounters pashas, sultans, moguls, caliphs and khedives, some pure invention, others able to claim dual citizenship of the writer’s emotional life and her imaganitive realm. Originally published in 1907, The Nights of Tino of Baghdad is a journey through landscapes that author Else Lasker-Schüler had only explored in her mind. It is simultaneously a search for a shared Semitic identity uniting Jewish and Muslim traditions.
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Austrian author Hermann Bahr’s epochal study of the most contentious issue of his day was first issued in 1894, but his interviews with public figures of his era reveal tactics and positions that often feel highly contemporary. Now available in English for the first time, it captures the moment when an ancient enmity assumed new force, the age of the Dreyfus Affair and Germany’s pre-Nazi peak in politicised race hate. Antisemitism is no echo chamber, with some respondents offering robust defence of prejudices that would have harrowing consequences in the 20th century. But with its conspiracy theories, babbling demagogues and demonised minorities, Bahr’s investigation is sadly all too relevant today. Find out more here.