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1 meeting point THE MAGAZINE OF THE SCHOOL OF WRITING meeting point EUR 2.70 .. H RBUCH Focus: Special The success of the audio books Portrait The writer duo Martina Borger and Marie Straub Sponsorship awards The best short stories 2004 Internally presented: The study director Cornelia Adomeit The authors: Elke Bockamp Nikola Schröder Brigitte Balmer Landwehr Elfriede Loos Stefan Fredenhagen Unbelievably successful: Why audio books are becoming more and more popular

2 Contents Editorial Dear Readers, Christmas is just around the corner. As every year, there will be many books under the Christmas tree. Reading, as the latest sales figures in the book trade have shown, is the most popular leisure activity for Germans. Today, however, literature is no longer consumed exclusively through traditional books, but increasingly also with the ear: the audio book has slowly but steadily developed into a very attractive medium for years. Trend: audibly increasing. So reason to ask about the reasons for this success story in our meeting point special. Speaking of success: can you imagine writing an exciting novel as part of a team? And with someone who sits in Munich while you live in the far north? If not, then you should read our portrait of the author duo Martina Borger and Marie Straub. The two women show us how successful and inspiring teamwork can be: When there are not literal worlds, but only 1000 km between them. treffpunkt wanted to know how such a collaboration works. Have you ever asked yourself what our head of studies is like in everyday life? What does he or she like to read? Today you have once again the opportunity to get to know one of our study leaders. Ms. Cornelia Adomeit has worked for the School of Writing for 11 years. Read why she enjoys her work so much. We would also like to introduce you to our sponsorship award winners and their award-winning stories. Congratulations to everyone for this really excellent performance! Last but not least, we have a few practical tips for you: Winter time is known to be reading time. If you still need a good book for your Christmas vacation or you are missing a last-minute gift: Simply let the reading recommendations of our study directors inspire you. Her personal favorites range from cheerful to pensive, from comical to philosophical. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with lots of ideas and a lively pen! Your content Page Welcome 2 Author portrait 3 Tolli Trottel 5 Special: The success of the audio books 7 Ronny 10 Introduced: The study director Cornelia Adomeit 12 Reading tips 13 The visit 14 Two miracles 16 Dates at a glance 19 Night watchman hour 20 Addresses of participants 22 Sabine Grillo Pedagogical director School of Writing 2

3 Author portrait Treffpunkt portrait: Everything is imaginable ... The authors Martina Borger and Marie Straub write exciting novels as a team. With success. by Mareke Happach There are 1000 kilometers between their desks: one lives near the Danish border in Schleswig Holstein, the other in Munich. Unusual? Yes! And this way of working is also unusually successful. Martina Borger and Marie Straub take turns writing 15 to 20 pages each on a manuscript. Three successful novels have already been written in this way. A fourth project is in preparation. Martina Borger and Marie Straub met twenty years ago behind the scenes of the ARD series Lindenstrasse. Successful in a team: Martina Borger (left) and Marie Straub Working in a team of two for such a long period requires that you have absolute trust in each other, says Marie Straub in an interview with treffpunkt. And Martina Borger adds: We just like each other very much, we have very similar tastes when it comes to literature, a similar sense of humor - all of this is extremely important for our work together. The two also share a passion for stories close to the abyss. Her specialty is the precise look at the confused psyche of people who are out of balance. It becomes interesting for the two authors exactly where the facade crumbles. Sometimes there are three friends who cling to each other like burrs and yet betray each other when it matters (cat's tongues). Sometimes it's about the increasing entanglements of a married Latin teacher who is used to getting what he wants. (In the enclosure). Borger and Straub breathtakingly describe how everyday habits can gradually turn into obsession. 500 scripts and three novels For thirteen years, together with Hans W. Geissendörfer, they shaped the unmistakable style of ARD-Lindenstrasse. In total, both wrote about 250 scripts for the successful early evening series. We didn't count exactly, they both say in a completely unpretentious way. At that time they only worked occasionally in teams of two. But at the authors' meeting, they both quickly noticed how well they complement each other. Then the first novel collaboration began. The book Katzenzungen was created. It was actually planned as a television comedy, says Marie Straub, the idea of ​​turning it into a prose text clearly came from Martina. Since then, the ideas have been bubbling up, both authors are almost unstoppable in this regard and inspire each other. Daily phone calls and countless s make s possible. The latest novel Im Gehege takes place in Hamburg - Niendorf. Marie Straub has a home advantage here, and she grew up nearby. But Martina Borger from Munich also did thorough research on site during visits to the north. For days the authors roamed their future novel territory together. As screenwriters, they know how important authentic descriptions of places and people are. And so the details in the books fit down to the smallest detail. When writing, both authors make sure that their stories are coherently structured overall, which does not mean that they are about true incidents. But everything could have been like that. The script work sharpened my sense of functioning dramaturgy and supporting characters, says Martina Borger. Writing as if from a pen Subtle and unusually relentlessly relentless, Martina Borger and Marie Straub describe their characters and their mostly ominous entanglements. Sometimes at breathtaking speed, then again documenting to the second. Without exception, the language of the authors reads as if it came from a pen. Which is probably also due to the fact that the two have known each other for a long time and are on the same wavelength. Anyone who wants to find interfaces in the novels, where one replaced the other while writing, will look in vain. Everything fits together seamlessly. The other is a constant regulator, a strict critic, also a praiser ..., says Marie Straub in the treffpunkt interview. And Martina Borger adds: ... she is corrective as well as enrichment. And that is what both of them say in unison, even though they are not sitting across from each other during the interview. The meeting point questions both answered at their respective places of residence. You don't notice the 1000 kilometers distance in the interview. Who is surprised? Just like when writing a novel, both complement each other down to the last detail. treffpunkt interview with Marie Straub and Martina Borger treffpunkt: Many people have the desire to write. They do it very successfully. How did you get into writing? Martina Borger: I graduated from the Munich School of Journalism, then worked as a freelance journalist and film critic. Taking over the press work for the Geissendörfer film and television production company Lindenstrasse, one year later I became the dramaturge for the series. At the same time I started to write scripts for Lindenstrasse. Marie Straub: I've been working as a freelance writer since 1970. It never seriously occurred to me to do anything else, especially since I haven't learned anything decent. 3

4 Author portrait treffpunkt: What counts most when writing - Ability? Intuition? Ambition? Martina Borger: I think the very first thing to do is manual skills. One can learn that. Otherwise: imagination. Inspiration. Constant search for suitable materials. Attention to one's own surroundings and people. Marie Straub: Yes, and there is also ambition. It is primarily aimed at having the necessary discipline: to prove to yourself that you can actually carry out the planned topic. Meeting point: You met for the first time about 19 years ago. How did you find out that you were perfect as a team? Marie Straub: For many years we worked in a team that didn't just consist of the two of us. In a situation like this, you quickly notice with whom you have a common ground in thinking and working. Meeting point: How do you define your stories and how does your collaboration work? Marie Straub: The first thing we do is meet and work on the concept and the characters until the story has a hand and foot. Which does not mean that it will then continue to exist. Martina Borger: This process takes several days and is very intensive. Of course, we also clarify the questions about the narrative style, the planned scope of the book ... And then we write one after the other, roughly every 14 days. This usually results in pages. That then gets the other g t and of course she does not continue without commenting, criticizing, changing and so on the received package beforehand. We just talk extensively on the phone. Meeting point: What is so exciting about working together for you? What is different from writing alone? Marie Straub: In the phase in which you are working on the manuscript, you have to discipline yourself and rigorously switch off the rest of the world: the other one waits more or less impatiently for the result in order to be able to continue. The ping-pong method enables a more imaginative game than chewing on your own. Martina Borger: For me, Marie is just as much a corrective as an enrichment. Two authors simply bring in more than one, I think. But the most important thing: you have a partner with whom you can constantly exchange ideas. And that's just really fun! Meeting point: How often do you meet while you are writing together? Marie Straub: Meeting: Bad to say. Depending on your needs and possibilities. Other communication: all the time. Almost every day. Meeting point: Are the writing responsibilities clearly assigned to you? Marie Straub: Both write everything. Martina Borger: In the end, of course, that requires very precise revision and adaptation. Nobody should notice which part comes from whom. Treffpunkt: Where do you get your ideas from? Are you also inspired by those around you, your friends and acquaintances? Martina Borger: Well, where do ideas come from? I think they just fly to you. You read the newspaper, you hear a conversation in the café, and a story emerges. Why one idea kicks in immediately and the other doesn't, is certainly a question of personality. Marie Straub: Friends and acquaintances are by no means to be found in our work, but tiny parts of them can be found. Each of our figures is reassembled from countless details that we of course saved at some point. To reproduce actually existing people with their various idiosyncrasies is often tempting. But you should keep your hands off it. Meeting point: Human abysses always appear in your novels Would a comedy of yours also be imaginable? Martina Borger: Everything is imaginable. We have been interested in a comedy for a long time Von Borger & Straub have appeared: Little Sister Diogenes, 2001 Katzenzungen Diogenes, 2001 Im Gehege Diogenes, 2004 Katzenzungen, 5 audio CDs Audiobook Hamburg, 2002 Im Gehege, 5 audio CDs Audiobook Hamburg, 2005 and already started several times somehow but they turn into dramas again and again while writing. Strange. Why is that? That would probably be a question for a psychologist. Treffpunkt: Do you have a special tip for those new to writing? Marie Straub: Check every single word to see whether it is correct or necessary at all. Meeting point: Are there any other joint projects? Marie Straub: Yes. But we only talk about it when the finished manuscript is with the publisher ... Martina Borger: ... we are superstitious! An inseparable duo of authors for 19 years Martina Borger lives in Munich, Marie Straub on the Danish border. There are around 1000 kilometers between their homes, but despite this distance, Borger & Straub have been an inseparable duo of authors for 19 years. After writing screenplays for over 250 hours of television programming, their first novel, Katzenzungen, came out in 2001 and was made into a film in 2003. In 2002, they received the Wiesbaden women's crime prize for their story Little Sister. With their elegant prose and profound knowledge of the human soul, Borger & Straub are reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith. (Der Spiegel, Hamburg) What two Italian men could do, two German women can do too. And how! Borger & Straub live about a thousand kilometers apart and yet write from a single source. (Book culture, Vienna) 4

5 2nd advancement award 2004 Tolli Trottel 2nd advancement award 2004 for Elke Bockamp, ​​funded with 250, - Euro «Attention, he's coming!» The two boys ducked so that their blond heads disappeared behind the brick wall. "Have you seen him?" Asked the older man, and: "What is he wearing?" "The usual," said the other, "the fur coat and the little heart." "Man, man, man ..." The older man stretched a stone on the bottle and the boys watched Tolli Duckel as he slowly crept through the alleyways. It was summer, at least thirty-five degrees, and that idiot was still wearing his fur coat. Today they would get to grab him, Drago and his little brother Bandi were sure of that and that was what the clique wanted: give this idiot a lesson! When viewed in the light, Tolli Dottel was completely harmless. His name wasn't even Tolli Dottel, because that's just what he was called here in the village. Tolli Trottel was almost two meters more like a good-natured bear than a man to be afraid of. But he was admittedly a little crazy. For example, he always wore the same fur coat in winter and summer, because what is good for the cold, he used to say, is also good for the heat. That could still be seen, but a huge gingerbread heart dangled over the fur coat, one of the kind that you could buy at the fair and it said in big sugar letters: "Because I love you!" People thought that was ridiculous, because here in the village there wasn't anyone who loved this idiot. Whenever Tolli Trottel met someone in the village, he liked to stop and look deep into their eyes. "Tolli Duck loves you," he said then, and that made people uncomfortable. If he saw a child, Tolli Dottel rummaged in the pockets of his fur coat and brought out a piece of candy, and if he saw someone struggling with a heavy bag, he offered to carry it home for him. But only idiots got involved in something like that and it happened more often that one crossed the street because of him than that an old mother was happy that her Tolli Dottel was carrying the heavy bag. Even the children preferred to hit the candy out of his hand. "God loves you all," he said then, pulling his dirty plush bear out of his fur coat. «God loves you all as much as I love my little bear». Then he kissed the teddy bear on the forehead and talked to him for a while. He shuffled contentedly through the streets. Behind the wall, Drago tightened his stone flasks. "Well wait, lad," he said, "now I'll shoot a hole in your heart!" He arranged the stone. His brother Bandi tugged at his arm: "Be careful not to hit the fool!" Flatsch! the stone landed in the heart. Tolli Dottel stopped, frightened. "God forbid," he said, eyeing the hole in the gingerbread heart. He looked around to see where the stone had flown from. “Complete idiot, complete idiot!” Shouted the boys and came out of their hiding place. Tolli Duck looked sadly at the gingerbread heart. "You're ruining everything for me," he moaned. "Fuck off, you fool!" Said Drago, bumped into him and tore the gingerbread heart off his neck. "Ow!" Yelped Tolli Duckel. "Because I love you?" Drago read aloud. «Tolli fool, that's ridiculous. Who is supposed to love you Do you have the little darling of a mother who you dragged the bags? " He laughed out loud and said: “You know what, Tolli Dottel? I'm going to eat your worn gingerbread heart now. " "No!" Whined Tolli Duck, but then something occurred to him. "Wait," he said, rummaging in his pockets. “Wait, I've got a piece of candy for you. For you and for your brother Bandi too. " But Drago had already broken the gingerbread heart in half and was stuffing it into his mouth."Well, because I love you, Tolli Duck," he said, chewing, "I'll eat your gingerbread heart!" The boys had to laugh about that and Tolli Dottel looked at them sadly. At that moment Drago remembered her assignment and he whistled two fingers. That was the prearranged signal and the other boys streamed out of their hiding place. The sun sank slowly over the village, the church tower clock struck seven comfortably and you could hear the swallows, chirping loudly over the streets. Kalle Siebenstern had watched from the window how the horde had surrounded Jung's Tolli Idiot and tore off his heavy fur coat. That idiot hadn't even defended himself, thought Kalle Siebenstern. He hadn't resisted either when the boys tied ropes around his hands and feet and drove him through the village like a donkey. Now the children were standing in front of his, Kalle Siebensterns, garage and it looked like they wanted to go into it with the idiot. Kalle Siebenstern thought about running out and stopping her, but first decided to finish treating the patient who was lying in front of him on the dentist's chair, because she shouldn't become suspicious. Kalle Siebenstern was afraid that word would get around in the village faster than he would have liked. There might even be trouble with the police, he thought, and that would damage the reputation of his dental practice. So he raised the dental chair and decided he hadn't seen any of this. In the garage, the boys tied Tolli Dottel to a chair. Without the thick fur coat and gingerbread heart, he looked rather pathetic. Drago set about piling logs on the garage floor. "This will be your pyre," he said, but Tolli Duck 5

6 2nd Sponsorship Award 2004 was far too intimidated to react. He sat on the chair without a word, hardly daring to take a breath. Drago ordered the boys to bring newsprint and a petrol can, then he pulled the plush bear out of his fur coat. "Well, who do we have here?" He asked, holding the bear Tolli Dottel under his nose. "Please don't do anything to the bear!" Whined Tolli Dottel. "Look out, you idiot!" Said Drago. "We're going to torch the stupid bear now, but first we'll torch your shitty fur coat." "No, don't do anything to the bear!" Said Tolli Dottel and the boys laughed. "Look!" Said Drago and tore off the bear's arm. "No!" Shouted Tolli Fool. He wanted to move, but his arms and legs were tied to the chair. "Give me newspapers and a lighter!" Ordered Drago. He stuffed the newspaper under the logs and dumped gasoline on the pyre. When he was done, he held the lighter to a corner of the newspaper and yelled, "Take cover!" There was a huge flame and the guys jumped. Then the children watched how the soot turned the garage ceiling black and how the flames crept into the wood until it slowly began to burn. "Do you know why we are here today?" asked Drago, but Tolli Dottel shook his head. The sweat stood on his forehead and the garage fell silent. "We don't want you in our village any longer," said Drago. He waited for Tolli Dottel to answer something, but he remained silent. Drago had the fur coat brought. "Look here," he said, "we're going to burn your fur coat now." Tolli Duck stared at him with wide eyes. "And do you know why we're doing this?" Asked Drago. Tolli idiot shook his head. “Because it's warm outside. Damn warm. It's so warm that you might think it was summer. " Drago looked at Tolli Trottel and Tolli Trottel nodded silently. Then Drago went on: “And in summer, Tolli Duck, we don't need a fur coat. Everyone in the village got that, except you didn't! " Tolli Fool nodded again, then saw how Drago rolled up his fur coat in front of his eyes and threw it into the flames. Tolli fool screamed, but the boys applauded enthusiastically. "Cool, Drago," said one, and everyone watched devoutly as the fur of the fur coat caught fire and slowly burned to death. What remained was a lumpy mass and a smelly smell that slowly spread through the garage. "That was number one," said Drago, "and now it's the bear's turn." "No, not the bear!" Whined Tolli Dottel. Bandi pulled his brother's arm. "Do you want to burn the fool too?" he asked anxiously. "Shut up!" Replied Drago. "He should get a rub-off, it was agreed that way!" Bandi nodded, but then he got scared and the other guys held their breath eagerly. Drago took the bear and held it under Tolli Duck's nose. "Look here, you fool," he said, "now the bear is going to be burned!" "No, don't hurt the bear!" Yelped Tolli Dottel, but Drago just looked at him contemptuously. "On one condition," he said, and Tolli Duck looked up hopefully. "The condition is that you leave our village." Tolli Duck hesitated, then nodded, but Drago wanted to make sure that he really understood him. "Repeat after me," he said. "Repeat after me: in an hour, Tolli Duck, I'll have left the village!" Tolli Trottel repeated it and even before he had finished the sentence, the boys had started to shout loudly and gave enthusiastic applause. Drago raised his arm, it wasn't finished yet. "Good, Tolli Duck," he said, "we'll give you life, but this one here", he threw the bear into the flames, "must burn!" Tolli Dottel cried out, wanted to bend down, wanted to save the little bear from the fire, but he only wobbled dangerously with the chair because he was still tied up. For a brief moment it looked like he was going to lose his balance, tip over and land himself in the flames, but then he managed to catch himself. At that moment, Bandi had a fit of coughing, gasped for air, and tears tumbled down his face. "Open the door!" he gasped. "Man, Bandi ... the Bandi is choking," one of the boys yelled and they got scared. One of them rushed to the door, tore it open and the whole pack stormed outside. Outside everyone gasped for air. Nobody noticed how stuffy it had become in the garage. Kalle Siebenstern had just finished with the patient when he heard the noise of the children. He took off his latex gloves, went to the window and saw the gasping children standing in front of his garage. One of them puked his heart out and Kalle Siebenstern wondered if he had to do something, but at the same moment the children made off in all directions. Thank God, he thought, because who knows what they'd been up to in his garage and who'd seen them doing it. Kalle Siebenstern wanted to check where all the smoke was coming from, because he was afraid that the smoke would attract the fire brigade and so he told his office assistant that he would just have to stretch his feet. He rushed outside. Tolli Trottel had just tried to get his foot to the bear in the fire, had tilted the chair backwards and was now lying awkwardly like a tied beetle on his back. This is how Kalle Siebenstern found him when he entered the garage. "What kind of shit is this?" He swore, and took the fire extinguisher from the wall. "So that's it when the boys get to the dangerous age." Angry, Kalle Siebenstern fumbled with the fire extinguisher, threw a lever and white foam was sprayed over the floor. Kalle Siebenstern set about extinguishing the burning logs, but Tolli Trottel shouted: "No, don't, you will wet my bear!" He crawled helplessly towards the fire. "Stop!" Kalle Siebenstern blocked his way with the fire extinguisher. "The stupid little bear was burned long ago." He searched the ashes with his foot and found a glass button eye. "Here!" He and rolled it with the tip of his foot in front of Tolli Duck's face. Tolli Idiot's eyes filled with tears. "My poor little bear!" He howled. Kalle Siebenstern was uncomfortably touched by the scene and set about tying Tolli Dottel from the chair. "You'd better go now," he said, and helped him to his feet. Tolli Fool rubbed his sore wrists and shook his head. 6th

7 meeting point special meeting point special: audio books Unbelievably successful: acoustic literary experiences from CD and from the Internet are becoming increasingly popular. Have an original work read out to you personally by Günther Grass or Thomas Mann at home. Or listen to Rufus Beck, who gives the characters from the latest Harry Potter novel an incomparable voice ... Audio books make it possible Titles to listen to are currently on the market. And the trend is audibly increasing. By Mareke Happach audio books are booming. Visitors to the Frankfurt Book Fair in autumn 2005 were also able to see this for themselves. A large area there was reserved for books, which are definitely worth reading, but in this case not readable but rather audible. And how audible: Many classics and bestsellers are now available as audio books. Some as elaborately staged sound experiences in which noises, music and great voices mix together to create imaginative worlds of experience for the ears. Some are deliberately kept simple, for example live recordings of readings by well-known authors and studio recordings of great actors' voices. The offer currently includes more than just titles: From Goethe's Werther to Frank Schätzing's Der Schwarm, a lot of listening material is now available on handy CDs. Is there no longer any readings in Germany? Do we need the sound experience to tap into stories, novels or even classics today? treffpunkt wanted to know and asked the audio book publishers. And we asked around the people for whom all the listening effort is done: the buyers of audio books. We are a stressed, hard-working society, which is why there is a need for good audio books in Germany, says Lars Peter Lueg, owner of LPL records, a company that produces audio books. Audiobooks complement books. With good speakers, you will receive a corresponding interpretation at the same time. In no way do I think that you should do without reading, listening is a different experience. For the recordings of crime novels and adventure novels, Lueg hires well-known voices such as the German voice actors for Jack Nicholson or Johnny Depp, so you are much more real when you hear them. This makes it right on trend. In addition to famous authors, more and more audio book productions rely on well-known voices from film and television. Entertaining audio books on the go and on the side Customers like the large, new selection of audible items: I always have a good audio book with me when I travel, says Bernd König, 43, when asked by treffpunkt in the audio CD department of a book store. And he adds: I prefer to listen to books that I have already continued from p. 6 «No, not without my little bear!», He said. "The boys didn't mean it that way," said Kalle Siebenstern. "At least be glad that nothing happened to you!" He very much hoped that the smoke wouldn't attract the fire department after all. He would remove the ashes right after work and he could proof the ceiling and walls at the weekend. Then he would have gotten away with a black eye. "You better go now," he said, and pushed Tolli Dottel to the door. Tolli Duck looked at the place where the button eye was. Then he saw the slanting sun, how powerless it was shining on the alley in front of him and slowly shuffled away. "Remember," called after him, Kalle Siebenstern, "remember that you have seen none of this!" The church tower clock struck eight when Tolli Dottel left the village. He was on his way towards the forest when he was spoken to on an opaque field: "Wait!" Said a little voice and Tolli Trottel stopped. It was Bandi who came crawling out of the undergrowth with a teddy bear under his arm. "Here for you," he said, handing him the teddy bear. Then he ran away quickly. Tolli Trottel took a long time to understand what had just happened to him and only when it was almost dark did he look at the teddy bear. He said softly to him. “I once had a fur coat like you. But today it was damn warm. So warm that you might think it was summer. And in summer, everyone here in the village has understood that we don't need a fur coat! " He threw the teddy bear away in a high arc. 7th

8 treffpunkt Spezial have read, performed by good actors, I'm completely immersed in it. His last sound experience was Michael Kohlhaas, von Kleist, during the trip to southern France in autumn, to refresh my buried knowledge of literature, reveals the math and physics teacher. Now he is looking for something suitable for the planned train journey to meet friends in Switzerland. Sabine Teschel, 32, stands across from the shelf, looking for a present: My mother is a jewelry designer, she prefers to listen to a book at work than to the radio. Bernd König recommends her Antonio in Wonderland by Jan Weiler, four CDs full of entertainment, read by the author personally. Both carry CDs worth almost 30 euros each to the cash register. Faust was available to listen to 50 years ago. In the meantime, the audio book is firmly established in the book trade. While sales of books to listen to were only half a million euros in 1993, the business has now grown to over 40 million euros. And the audio book is by no means a new invention: The first recorded record came onto the market in 1954, rather unnoticed by the general public. It was Gustav Gründgens' production of Faust. For many years, audiobooks weren't particularly popular with Germans. The medium was seen as a book substitute for the elderly and the visually impaired. And the stereo system in the living room played music records or the radio, and very rarely a fairy tale cassette or vinyl record. It's different today. There are now around six million German citizens listening to literature. And a hardly surprising observation: books are still read, as the sales figures confirm. Audiobooks are also used: on the move in the car and when traveling. Those who buy audio books are interested in culture. Hörverlag is the first to have carried out a comprehensive study of its customers. The result: the typical audio book customer is between 25 and 40 years old and has an above-average education and a higher income. Audiobooks are still many times more expensive than books. Currently bestseller list for audio books 2005 Illuminati, 6 audio CDs, author: Dan Brown, publisher: Lübbe, September 2004 Da Vinci Code, 4 audio CDs, author: Dan Brown, publisher: Lübbe, February 2004 Diabolus, 6 audio CDs, author: Dan Brown, Publisher: Lübbe, February 2005 Assassini, 7 audio CDs, Author: Thomas Gifford, Publisher: Lübbe, March 2004 Education. Everything you need to know, 12 audio CDs, author: Dietrich Schwanitz, publisher: Eichborn, January 2005 Meteor, 6 audio CDs, author: Dan Brown, publisher: Lübbe, October 2005 Die Tote in der Bibliothek, 3 audio CDs Author: Agatha Christie, Publisher: Hörverlag. March 2005 Strong Voices Complete package, 37 audio CDs, Author: Div. (Brigitte Edition) Publisher: Random House Audio, February 2005 Artemis Fowl, Die Rache, 5 audio CDs, author: Eoin Colfer, Publisher: Audiobook Hamburg, May 2005 The dative is death to the genitive, 2 audio CDs, author: Bastian Sick Verlag: The Audio Verlag, February 2005, the publishers justify this with the higher production costs. And audio books are not always more space-saving than their printed models: Frank Schätzing's novel The Swarm comprises ten CDs as an audio book. This means that the version of the bestseller set to music takes up as much space on the shelf as the printed work. Some audio book collectors will therefore appreciate the fact that audio literature is increasingly available for downloading from the Internet onto computers. Cheaper and space-saving. Ringelnatz tones from the Internet Buyers can burn the digital audio data onto a CD or load them onto their MP3 player as a file. And then, for example, go jogging with Goethe in your ear, or in the fitness studio with Ringelnatz poems from the little silver disc that dangles discreetly from your neck: Brave new world of hearing. Germans are still hesitant to use the Internet to buy digital audio books. According to a study by the Börsenverein, around one in three people could imagine downloading audio books for a fee from the Internet in the future, but very few have tried it so far. The offers are temptingly diverse and cheaper than the expensive audio recordings. But a radio play from the Internet is less tangible than a CD, let alone a book. Not even a clear cover is included. What counts (and is paid for) is the pure acoustic information in MP3 format. That sounds so technical, says Sabine Teschel, the buyer of the four Jan Weiler CDs from the bookstore. She'd rather wait and see. In fact, the fiction audio books, which are more of interest to women, have so far been downloaded less than other audio material: When it comes to downloads, factual titles from the fields of business and advice are much more in demand than novels, for example, says Arik Meyer, managing director of the audio book portal audible.de.Downloading audiobooks to the computer is only a temporary phenomenon for Meyer. This detour via the computer will soon be eliminated. And now this is a real dream of the future: At train stations, airports or petrol stations, audio books should in future be able to be downloaded from machines like sweets. Two new machines were already presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which are supposed to make this offer possible. Yes, says Sabine Teschel with a laugh, if it really is that easy in the future, then I could imagine buying a book to listen to from the machine before a train journey. But until then, I'd rather take a paperback with me. 8th

9 treffpunkt Spezial Stefanie Frühauf from Hörverlag treffpunkt -Interview Hörverlag is the market leader among audiobook publishers with more than five hundred available titles, around one hundred new publications per year and steadily increasing sales. The company's program is aimed at all age groups. Stefanie Frühauf has been responsible for press work at the publishing house for three years. Your last major assignment was the Frankfurt Book Fair, where the Hörverlag presented itself alongside around 70 other audio book providers. Over the years she has become a real audiobook fan herself. In the treffpunkt interview, she reveals why. Meeting point: Ms. Frühauf, why should you listen to books when you can read them? Stefanie Frühauf: You can't really compare the two things with each other because the literary experiences are simply very different, like the comparison between reading the book and filming the same material. Hearing is a different, sensual experience of literature, which often represents a completely new approach: to hear authors like Ingeborg Bachmann or Thomas Mann read their texts yourself is simply impressive and also a very archaic literary experience, because that's how world literature took it , for example, the stories from 1001 nights began. And of course there is also something very personal in the voice; Ingeborg Bachmann once said: The peculiarity of a voice that is such and such will not remove progress from the world. A radio play production is completely different from a reading: a dramatization with music, many speakers and noises, often described with cinema for the ear. Treffpunkt: How did you discover the audio book yourself? Stefanie Frühauf: Only really because of my work here at the publishing house, which is always an enrichment with every new item in the program. Above all, even classics, which you may not dare to approach as a book, are often very entertaining and exciting as radio plays and then make you want to read the text! Meeting point: It is considered expensive to produce audio books. Stefanie Frühauf: There are a lot more people involved; not just an author, but an actor, director, composer, musician, dramaturge, arranger and so on. More than 200 people can be involved in large radio play productions. All of these artists have to be paid appropriately. Meeting point: Are books shortened for listening editing or changed in terms of text? Stefanie Frühauf: Sometimes it actually makes sense to shorten texts carefully and, of course, always in consultation with the author. You can tell this from our titles on the packaging, whether it is a full reading or not. Meeting point: Who are the typical audio book buyers? Stefanie Frühauf: People between 25 and 40, 50% male, who are interested in culture. They go to the theater, cinema, concerts, read a lot and listen to audio books. Meeting point: Are audio books luxury products for people who already have everything? Stefanie Frühauf: No, I think that has nothing to do with luxury, but with enjoying literature, the voices of actors and authors. Meeting point: What are your personal audio book favorites? Stefanie Frühauf: It changes again and again. One has e.g. so his favorite voices, e.g. the actor Ulrich Mattes reads wonderfully, Sophie Rois or Nina Hoss. My favorite radio plays are Buddenbrooks, Berta Garlan von Schnitzler or Madame Bovary. And a feature called Under the Grass Above and in which contemporary witnesses, the oldest narrator was born in 1898, tell about her life. You can hardly imagine a more personal history lesson. Treffpunkt: Thank you for the interview. Audiobook portals for downloading from the Internet (a selection) In autumn 2004, the go-ahead was given for the provider of the first internet shop in Germany for audio books to be downloaded onto the computer. It followed and The range of the three is now diverse: everything is represented from children's audio books to classics to guides. At the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005, Focus Magazin Verlag and Hörverlag launched the portal. In addition to classics by Goethe and Schiller, the site also contains audio books by contemporary authors such as Karen Duve and Henning Mankell. There is also an audio book download address especially for children: offers classics and bestsellers for 2-10 year olds. You can also find them on the Internet and as a specialist in non-fiction. Recently, the book wholesaler has also been offering audio books for download, and by March 2006 more than 1000 MP3 books are to be available here. The prices are on average around 25 percent below those for audio book CDs. 9

10 8th Advancement Award 2004 Ronny 8th Advancement Award 2004 for Elfriede Loos, funded with 150, - Euro When you came to our front door for the first time, you wanted money. You were on your way into town like every day. You held your blue, frozen, trembling hands unplugged. I sent you away But you kept coming back asking for milk or a couple of slices of bread. At first I felt bothered by your ringing and was reluctant to give you what you wanted just to get rid of you. I never took you into the house, and you never tried to break this unspoken agreement. You stood patiently in front of the open door or you sat down on the steps when you ran out of strength. Aren't you afraid of me? You asked me. I knew about your aggressions, which were directed against those who denied you something. Fights up to and including attacking with a knife have made you an avoided and feared outsider. No, I'm not scared because you don't give me a reason, I replied. Sometimes you also brought something with you: sheep's cheese from the kebab man, your wet laundry that I dried for you and once I hid schnapps for you. You came almost every day, sometimes very early in the morning. On weekends you woke me up with your endless ringing. I told you my anger. You were sorry and you apologized. You were time-less. What determined you was your addiction, the need for alcohol and drugs. What must have happened for an intelligent, sensitive person to lose himself in this way? You've been abroad, studied, loved a woman and had a child with her. But because you were so unpredictable, you were banned from contact with the two of them. It was unbearable suffering for you that the people who were most important to you had to be afraid of you. Since your hands were so swollen and unsteady, you asked me to write a letter to your little daughter. She should understand later, when she grows up, that you loved her. It was your vulnerability that made you strike when you felt you were treated unfairly. You showed me your bruises from the rough grip of the police. You knew prison, rehab, and therapy. None of this could help you. Sometimes you were hard to understand, your tongue was so heavy, but your mind was clear. You talked about so much hopelessness, about unfulfilled dreams, about abandonment, about life before and after death, about guilt, about God. I started to wait for you. You were close to me in your depths and in your grief for a missed life. Your condition tortured you more and more, you could no longer sleep, everything was difficult for you. Once you asked me: can you take me in your arms? I hugged you You cried Two days later you were dead, died on a park bench. Your divorced wife and baby daughter came to your funeral. Your parents were there too, helplessly grieving for their prodigal son, whom they had refused to be close to. And a woman with a red rose was standing by the grave, probably the prostitute you told me about, who didn't want your money and you didn't want her body. Ronny, I miss you. We met on the threshold from inside to outside. This threshold was very narrow and left no room for achievement and morale, for prestige and conversation. The inner need and the unanswered of two people met, unadorned and without illusion, only that I was on the better side. I still mourn you, Ronny, my brother. 10

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12 Study leader portrait Recognize what matters when it comes to writing ... Study leader portrait: Cornelia Adomeit Study leader at the School of Writing for 11 years. by Mareke Happach What do you need to write a good novel? An exciting topic with a clear goal, empathy for the characters, a good sense of language as well as perseverance and discipline, says Cornelia Adomeit, 44.She knows what she is talking about: Since 1994, the experienced head of studies at the School of Writing has been accompanying the participants with well-founded tips and suggestions. I am often surprised at what technology can be conveyed and how the participants implement my suggestions and tips so that real learning success is visible at the end of the course, says Cornelia Adomeit in the treffpunkt interview. As head of studies, she oversees the basic studies, the fiction and children's and youth literature courses. Accompanying someone on their way to writing, working together on style, language and expression is an exciting, individual experience every time: there are always participants who submit wonderful, original texts and whom I then encourage to do so to try a publication once, she says. Thanks to your suggestions, some of the former participants in the School of Writing have now turned their hobby into a profession, many of them with success! Literature professional with a profile Cornelia Adomeit has a confident, professional eye for good texts and writing ideas. It was clear from an early age that she wanted to deal with literature at all costs. While studying German, she also completed an apprenticeship as a bookseller in the traditional Hamburg bookstore Felix Jud. After completing my studies, I started working as a publishing company and then worked as a freelance editor for Ullstein-Verlag, among others. The participants in the school of writing benefit from their experience in the literature business. Together with three other lecturers, she is also responsible for the manuscript and editing service of the school of writing. This service enables everyone to send in texts that they consider ready for publication after the first course unit. A lot of mail lands on her desk every day: mailings with exercises, manuscripts and synopsis, on which the Germanist, with a lot of experience and know-how, comments. She attaches importance to the fact that the participants remain themselves in their texts and do not bend themselves. Her advice: write for yourself first and then see what happens with it! Goals that are too high create too much pressure. In the courses it is important to her to support the writers' strengths and to point out weaknesses. The instructions should help you ... to learn to assess your own abilities and to develop a feeling for what is important when writing, is how she describes her motto as the head of studies. Positive response to desk seminars In addition to the courses and editing, Cornelia Adomeit has been running the Berlin desk seminars for two years, which are also offered by the School of Writing in other cities such as Stuttgart, Mainz and Hamburg. A direct exchange is possible here on a given topic, such as writing lively dialogues, discussions and working together. The participants often put their own texts up for discussion, the leader tells and is happy about the stimulating technical discussions that have followed since 1994 at the School of Writing: Cornelia Adomeit. Everyone finds it enriching to finally be able to exchange ideas with like-minded people after many lonely hours at the desk. For everyone involved, the seminars are an establishment with an absolutely positive response ... action-intensive and imaginative ... Cornelia Adomeit also has no idle time in her private life. Her three children, Lena, 12, Sarah, 6 and three-year-old Simon ensure that there is always something going on. When the family moved from Hamburg to Berlin five years ago, a house was found that offers enough space for large families and friends to live and work.The cozy, large table in the living area is sometimes quickly converted into a writing area for everyone: while the mother is working on texts, looking through exercises or reading manuscripts, the girls do their homework. After the work is done, people are happy to read aloud. Of course, the older daughter has long since read herself - a lot and with pleasure. The participants in the children's and youth literature course in particular benefit from the daily practical experience of their study director. Stories for children should be story-intensive and imaginatively told, work with lively scenes and avoid pointing fingers, says Cornelia Adomeit. She also pays attention to the texts she judges. Books? Always there! She is currently reading Paradise Lost by Cees Nootebom, next to Klaus 12

13 Reading Tips Reading Tips for Winter Time Kleber America's Crusades. When asked which book has impressed her the most recently, she spontaneously mentions Henning Mankell The Chronicler of the Winds: An incredibly poignant book, deeply moving, but without false pathos about an African boy who is dying and telling his story. Cornelia Adomeit likes to insert an audio CD for relaxation or while driving. (Personal recommendations - see box). What she particularly appreciates about audio books is that we are told a story without having to do anything. In their opinion, a good audio book should be complex and ambiguous; Present what I have read differently than I would read or read it myself and sharpen the sense of the content and the special language. The children also like to hear stories from cassette tapes or CDs. Then it happens that all three listen intently when good speakers or the authors read children's book texts themselves. Cornelia Adomeit appreciates good children's audio books that they offer theater for the ears and allow children to immerse themselves in a strange world. But she can't completely deny her favorite hobby of reading, because she especially wants her children to use audio books ... to make them want to read the book themselves. Personal audio book tips from Cornelia Adomeit, head of studies at the School of Writing Otto Sander reads Fontane live 1 audio CD, Vacat-Verlag, 2004 (great voice, great language, excellent recording) Will Quadflieg: Thomas Mann's stories 12 audio CDs, German Grammophon Literatur, 2005 (fantastic narrator, lets you immerse yourself in the world of Thomas Mann) Donna W. Cross: The Popess read by A. Domröse ao 2 audio CDs, Audio-Verlag, 2000 (a fascinatingly staged historical spectacle) by our study directors winter time is reading time. Sit comfortably in front of the fireplace or cuddle up in a woolen blanket and browse the sofa with a cup of tea. Like no other season of the year, winter invites you to fill your own bookshelf a little more or to make others happy with a good book. Treffpunkt asked our study directors what they recommend for the winter and Christmas time. Here is a selection from contemplative to cheerful and funny: Zoran Drvenkar: The night in which my sister kidnapped Santa Claus, Carlsen Verlag, 2005 In 8 funny stories, Zoran Drvenkar tells what can happen at Christmas: his sister locks Santa Claus in the bathroom one, the father organizes the Christmas tree again only after Christmas Eve or he kidnaps the whole family to Croatia. It never gets boring ... (Hiltrud Baier) Neil Postman: The Disappearance of Childhood, S. Fischer Verlag, 1993 A book for all those who want to preserve their children's childhood. Neil Postmann shows how difficult, even downright impossible, this is in the age of electronic media. The image-specific culture leads back to the late Middle Ages. The first signs are already there. (Karin Kuretschka) Uwe Wandrey (Ed.), Silent Night Everybody - A Nasty Allerlei, Rororo, 1972 Read again and again with pleasure at Christmas time. Wonderfully funny! (Corinna Luerweg) W. Somerset Maugham: Rosie und die Künstler, Diogenes, 2005 Warmly recommended to the study participants of the school of writing precisely because it is about writing and the literary business and it is funny, intelligent, sarcastic, a bit nasty, beautiful ironic, highly funny, witty and entertaining. (Birgit Stobbe) Alex Capus: Traveling in the Light of the Stars an assumption, Knaus-Verlag, 2005 Research, but as exciting as a novel. Alex Capus investigates the assumption that Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, may have settled on Upolu Island for reasons other than those suggested by Stevenson. Exciting read off the bestseller lists. (Rolf Bergmann) Elke Heidenreich: Erika or the hidden meaning of life, sancoussi, 2004 A gorgeous Christmas story about a plush pig that makes you cry beautiful and makes you roar funny. (Dr. Erna Fanger) Gary Paulsen: Iditarod, The toughest dog sled race in the world, Piper Verlag, 2000 Who wouldn't want to experience a thrilling adventure in the warm room? Gary Paulsen lets us be there as he pulls fifteen sled dogs across Alaska. Exertions and dangers in icy expanses: We readers are part of it. Excitingly close. (Karin Baseda-Maass) Rüdiger Safranski: Schiller or the Invention of German Idealism, Hanser Verlag, 2004 A must for those who deal with language and history, literature and philosophy. Grandiose, punchy, quick-witted, judged the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Safranski himself sees the time in which Schiller lived as miraculous years that help one to preserve the sense of the real things in life. (Hartmut Fanger) Martin Cohen: 99 philosophical riddles, Piper, 2001 My tip against Christmas stress and for long winter evenings. (Jochen Bauschke) 13

14 7. Advancement Award 2004 The Visit 7. Advancement Award 2004 for Brigitte Balmer-Landwehr, funded with 150, - Euro Put me like a seal on your heart, like a ring on your arm. Because love is as strong as death Ludwig Schoenbecker closed the Bible and put it back on the shaky table when his cell was unlocked and the guard stopped in the door: Your bride is here now, Mr. Schoenbecker. Ten minutes permission to speak. Schoenbecker got up and took a deep breath. Autumnal cool air penetrated through the open hatch of the barred window on this September morning. It was the second autumn that came to him as a prisoner in the Tegel Wehrmacht investigative prison. The upcoming visit worried him. The 36-year-old Protestant pastor was looking forward to his fiancée, but also expected bad news. Since the unsuccessful assassination attempt on Hitler he had received letters, but no visits and no food parcels from relatives ... There had also been no more interrogations. In May the chief investigator was only able to prove that he had degraded military strength. Thanks to an ingenious camouflage network of his family, which reached up to the top military leadership, his work for the conspiracy had not been exposed ... They had never tortured him. Ludwig Schoenbecker's fear of betraying co-conspirators in physical pain had accompanied him at every interrogation in which he then appeared outwardly self-confident and calm. Schoenbecker had grown thin. Every morning he had forced himself to slowly chew the thin, stale slice of bread with the tip of a knife on it, so that he felt fuller. He hadn't felt hungry this morning. Ludwig's heart pounded against his chest and his legs felt stiff. He stopped and let out another breath slowly until his heartbeat began to calm down. Come on, the guard urged. Schoenbecker straightened up, straightened his shoulders, and followed the man in uniform. His boots echoed heavily through the corridors. When they entered the visitor room, he managed a smile. She was here. She sat behind the long table that separated visitors from prisoners. Her slender white hands were entwined on the smooth table surface. He sat down, smiled at her and took her cold hands in his. It is so nice that you are here, Maria. Ludwig. How are you? You are ... you look so pale. I should send you greetings. From mom, from ... He looked at her. She swallowed, fighting for composure. She was so young She looked delicate as a butterfly in her freshly washed dress, which was as blue as her eyes. He inhaled her scent, a scent of soap on young skin. Her face was pale and serious and for the first time he noticed that there was a painful streak around her almost childishly round lips. The officer on watch at the gate said it might be the last time today. She swallowed. You would likely be relocated. She glanced at the uniformed man who was standing motionless by the door and lowered her voice to a whisper: Ludwig! Klaus said they found files. At the Abwehr headquarters. Schoenbecker knew what that meant. But his voice was firm when, after a pause, he replied: Maria. We'll meet again. All is not lost yet. Did you give me ... no. The books ... they took away from me. You can't get any more. But I brought you apples. And a cake. They want to give you everything once they examine it. She struggled to hold back the tears. Thanks. Do not worry. I have my Bible, also a volume of Stifter, and Fontane's Stechlin ... Do you still play the piano? She nodded and even smiled a little. Do you still have your radio? Did you hear the concert yesterday? The Mozart sonata that you always ... Yes. It was wonderful. I heard it. He lied so that her smile wouldn't go away anytime soon. They had taken the radio away from him weeks ago. He loved her smile, watched the dimple that formed in her right cheek. The young guard checked his watch. Visiting time over. Ludwig let go of her hands, which were now warm and soft in his. Goodbye, thank you for coming. Greetings to your mother and my parents. And have faith ... He couldn't manage to say to God. She went to the door, straightened up and trying to take her steady, small steps. At the door she turned around: God protect you, Ludwig. The door closed. He listened to her fading footsteps and felt his hands grow cold. The cold crept up his arms and down his legs, gradually freezing his whole body. It was as if his remaining warmth of life had left him with her. Mr. Schoenbecker! Come! He struggled to get up on his numb legs. She was right. It was the last time he'd seen her. He tried desperately to hold onto her smile, to remember her voice. But her face melted into nothing like her voice and even her scent was already wafting into the stuffy air of the official room. His life, his bodily, bloody life was a thing of the past. On the first step, the room began to spin around him and his legs sagged. Ludwig's heart was racing. He was surprised that he thought of breakfast, the thin slice of bread that he hadn't touched today. Mr. Schoenbecker. The guard leaned over him and slapped him lightly on the cheek. Come to yourself. Take my arm, I'll take you to the doctor. Schoenbecker opened his eyes and saw 14

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