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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Friederike Barakat
GB/USA, Spain, Portugal, South America Vilshofener Straße 10
81679 München
Germany
phone: +49-89-99830-509
friederike.barakat@hanser.de

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Chiara Gardella
France, Italy, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Israel, Arab World Vilshofener Straße 10
81679 München
Germany
phone: +49-89-99830-530
chiara.gardella@hanser.de

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Claudia Horzella
Baltic States, Central East, East and South East Europe, Greece, Turkey, Asia Vilshofener Straße 10
81679 München
Germany
phone: +49-89-99830-532
claudia.horzella@hanser.de

Hanser Children’s books

Anne Brans
Worldwide Vilshofener Straße 10
81679 München
Germany
phone: +49-89-99830-519
anne.brans@hanser.de

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Annette Lechner
Worldwide Prinz-Eugen-Straße 30
1040 Wien
Austria
phone: +43 1 5057661-12
annette.lechner@zsolnay.at

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The Calligrapher's Secret

Rafik Schami

In the narrow alleyways of the Old Town of Damascus, there is a rumour circulating – Nura, beautiful wife of famous calligrapher Harrid Farsi, is reported to have run away. Why would she leave behind a life that was the envy of so many? Or has ...

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The camel drover from Heidelberg

Rafik Schami

Bobo, the elephant who hates arguments, loves Susu, the mouse who tells such exciting stories. Albin, the white pig mocked by his pink comrades, rescues Lila, the chicken who can no longer lay eggs. And Adel, who will be a doctor one day – if ...

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Damascus in my heart and Germany before my eyes

Rafik Schami

As an outspoken opponent of war and dictatorship Rafik Schami was forced to leave his native Syria and has never returned. But memories of the colours and smells, streets and squares, people and stories of Damascus, city of his childhood, ...

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The Dark Side of Love

Rafik Schami

Rafik Schami's opulent novel about the city of his childhood, a love endangered by persecution and murder, the political situation in the Middle East, Christians and Arabs: nine hundred pages of gripping entertainment.

A dead man ...

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How I Cured Papa's Fear of Foreigners

Rafik Schami, Ole Könnecke

Papa is big and strong, knows lots of things and can even do magic tricks. But one thing is funny: he seems to be afraid of foreigners. When he and his little daughter meet somebody who looks foreign he squeezes her hand so hard that it almost ...

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Yearning to Fly

Rafik Schami

Why should Lutfi care about this Syrian village wedding that goes on for a week, with lots of people he doesn't know? After all, he's almost gone, on the doorstep of a new life. Time and again, he asks himself whether it will work out this time, ...

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The Secret Goethe Report

Rafik Schami, Uwe-Michael Gutzschhahn

It is the year 1890. An abandoned sailing ship drifts off the coast of the small Arabic island state of Hulm. Its crew is dead, the murderers unknown. Pirates? Enemies of the Europeans in the Gulf? The entire region is in turmoil. Only two ...

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Seven Look-Alikes

Rafik Schami

He just cannot say no. After all, a successful writer should not disappoint his readership. So when booksellers, educational centres or other cultural institutions call, asking for a reading or a lecture, Rafik Schami always agrees – and is ...

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Milad

Rafik Schami

Milad has little luck in life until he meets a radiant fairy who promises him a fortune if he manages to eat his fill for twenty-one consecutive days. Not an easy task for one as poor as Milad. But from now on he has only one goal: to see this ...

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The Fly Milker

Rafik Schami

Rafik Schami's subtle stories combine autobiographical and fairytale elements in a highly original manner. In The Fly Milker, he takes us to the Damascus of the 1950's where he grew up as a baker's son in the Christian quarter.

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