Foreign Rights

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the Foreign Rights page of Carl Hanser Verlag. Please see below for information on the authors and titles to which we control world rights. You can also download our latest Foreign Rights Catalogues. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in translation rights or if you wish to receive a reading copy.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Your Foreign Rights Team
Friederike Barakat, Anne Brans, Chiara Gardella, Claudia Horzella & Annette Lechner

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About Hanser Literaturverlage

Ranging from contemporary authors to international literary classics, and featuring children’s and young adults’ books as well as an informative, thought-provoking non-fiction programme, Hanser’s list is both stimulating and inviting.

The concept
Carl Hanser founded the publishing house in 1928 with an extraordinary idea: he united two different divisions – literary and specialist titles – under one roof to ensure the company’s independence. The fact that Hanser is still one of the few publishers of its size to have remained in family ownership testifies to the founder’s prescience at only twenty-seven years of age.
This decision ensured the publisher’s survival from 1933 on. During the period of the Nazi dictatorship, Hanser no longer published literary publications, but only specialist books and magazines, as its specialist division was not jeopardised by the political situation. After the war, Carl Hanser was one of the first publishers to receive a license from the American occupying authorities.

Post-war period
After 1945, the literary division of the publishing house was able to develop its profile. It quickly made a name for itself with classic editions of German literature from Goethe to Fontane, alongside which today stand successful new translations of foreign literature from Melville to Tolstoy and Flaubert. Hanser initially took a conservative approach to contemporary literature, but the literary magazine Akzente, founded in 1953 by Walter Höllerer and Hans Bender, opened it up to younger voices and international writing.

The path ahead
Hanser retains its independence and distinctiveness by concentrating on its strengths: it builds close relationships to its authors and develops ideas for each and every book. To make sure it has a high profile in a broad range of fields, the publishing house has built up a network of holdings and imprints. In 1960, Hanser was one of the founding partners of the paperback imprint dtv, and in 1993, the Hanser Kinder- und Jugendbuch (Children’s and Young Adults’ Books) was launched. Hanser acquired Zsolnay Verlag in 1996, and Deuticke Verlag in 2004, both Vienna-based publishers. Then its programme expanded once more in 2012 when it set up the subsidiary Hanser Berlin. The latest addition to the Hanser group was made in 2019 with the founding of hanserblau.

Our core business: German-language literature
German-language authors remain the cornerstone of our publishing house: Herta Müller, Botho Strauss, Arno Geiger, Wilhelm Genazino, Michael Köhlmeier, Rafik Schami, Barbara Honigmann, Alex Capus, Navid Kermani, Thomas Lehr, Norbert Gstrein and many others represent our diverse and impressive range of contemporary literature. Our most recent acclaimed publications include titles by Karen Köhler, Monika Helfer, Abbas Khider, Tilman Rammstedt, Fatma Aydemir, Theresia Enzensberger and Anja Kampmann.

Nobel laureates and major international names
Hanser has more Nobel Prize laureates for Literature than any other German publisher. Ivo Andric was our first author to receive the most acclaimed literary prize in 1961, followed in 1981 by Elias Canetti, the first German-language author at Hanser to have won it. In recent years, the publishing house has welcomed Orhan Pamuk (2006), Herta Müller (2009), Tomas Tranströmer (2011), Mo Yan (2012), Patrick Modiano (2014) and Svetlana Alexievich (2015), among others, to the ranks of its Nobel-prize winners.
In the meantime, international names such as Jorge Luis Borges, Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, Susan Sontag, Roberto Bolaño, Philip Roth, Per Olov Enquist, Milan Kundera, Claudio Magris, Michael Ondaatje, Jostein Gaarder, Ljudmila Ulitzkaja and Margriet de Moor count almost as classics. Yasmina Reza, David Grossman, T.C. Boyle, Peter Hoeg, Colson Whitehead and many others spearhead Hanser’s current programme and will lead it into the future. When Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose was published in 1982, a Hanser publication appeared for the first time on the German bestseller list, which has since been a regular achievement.

Poetry remains indispensable
Poetry marks the beginning of literature. It is an integral part of the Hanser programme, which features poetry by Günter Kunert and Lars Gustafsson, Emily Dickinson and Raoul Schrott, Christoph Meckel, John Burnside, Adam Zagajewski and Ocean Vuong. Anthologies such as the modern translations of medieval German poetry collected in Unmögliche Liebe (Impossible Love) reflect the contemporary poetry scene, and numerous prizes and events render visible a genre in which language reinvents itself.

Non-fiction for a broad readership
Hanser explores all kinds of subjects throughout the world with its well-founded contemporary non-fiction programme. This includes works by the biographers Rüdiger Safranski and Karin Wieland, political analyses by Timothy Garton Ash, historical accounts by Karl Schlögel and Philip Blom, philosophical reflections by Peter Bieri and Emanuele Coccia, sociological observations by Heinz Bude, books that provoke discussion by Barbara Bleisch and scientific findings by Julia Shaw. History, politics, current debates, society, cultural studies, nature and knowledge are the focal points of the Hanser’s non-fiction range.

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81679 München
phone: +49-89-99830-519


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Rights Lists

Fiction Spring 2023

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Fiction Autumn 2022

Fiction Autumn 2022

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Children's Books Autumn 2022



Reading is Stupid

Nils Freytag, Silke Schlichtmann

“Reading is stupid because books don’t taste good…”

So, reading is stupid because it takes so long? Not if your snail sets the pace. Reading is stupid because it’s all made up? Not when the “Sams” jumps off the page and ...


Dear Santa

Charlotte Inden

How a wish list leads to making new friends

A wonderful mood-setter in the run-up to Christmas

Lucie is absolutely convinced that Santa lives next door. White beard? Check. White hair? Check. Deep “ho-ho-ho” laugh? ...


Have Fun in Daycare, Piggy!

Katja Reider, Henrike Wilson

Playing, brushing your teeth, taking a nap - it's even more fun together!

Piggy is off to daycare. How exciting! For Dad too, who gets to take him there. Settling in is child’s play. He hangs his backpack on the bear hook – ...


Off to Bed, Piglet!

Katja Reider, Henrike Wilson

Witty rhymes and guaranteed to lull your child to sleep: it’s the new Piglet board book! It’s been a great day, wonderful in every way, and now Piglet has to go to bed? But he’s not even tired! Well, he has to give his teeth a clean, and ...


The Little No-Pig

Henrike Wilson

At last: The Little No-Pig is available as a board book! No, Piglet doesn’t feel like getting up. It’s so cosy and warm in his bed. But Piglet must get up - at least that’s what his mummy says. And get dressed. And eat his porridge. And ...


There’s No Place Like Foam, Piggy!

Katja Reider, Henrike Wilson

Here comes Piggy — now in a new board book series!

What is Piggy’s favourite thing? A day of games and bathtime with Papa, of course! He gets lovely and dirty digging in the playground, whizzes down the muddy slide in the rain ...


Hieronymus or How to go wild

Annette Pehnt

Hieronymus the raccoon has a problem: he’s too polite and too tame for his fellow animals and has been cast out. When he appears in Luki’s front garden asking for help, the boy immediately comes to his aid. Hieronymus wants to be wilder – ...


The Little NO Piggo

Henrike Wilson

NO! Piggo doesn’t want to get up! It’s cosy and warm in bed. That’s how it all starts. Because Piggo has to get up. At least that’s what Mum says. And get dressed. And eat his porridge. And brush his teeth. But Piggo doesn’t want to. ...


Giraffe and Off to Bed!

David Grossman

One book with all stories by David Grossman for his youngest readers. Ruthi’s Dad carries a bundle in his arm, hidden under a towel. The bundle kicks and chuckles. Dad checks what’s under the towel. Maybe it’s a giraffe? First, Dad sees if ...


The Scatterbrained Little Witch and the Dragon

Anu Stohner, Henrike Wilson

The little witch is indeed incredibly scatty but she’s there when it really counts. And she’s also not afraid of facing a dragon.

With his fire the dragon left everything in a shambles: All the old witches’ brooms are charred ...