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Suhrkamp Verlag

Suhrkamp Verlag
Genre Publishing house
Founded 1950
Founders Peter Suhrkamp
Headquarters Frankfurt (1950–2010), Berlin (2010–present), Germany
Area served Europe
Products books
Subsidiaries Insel Verlag,
Deutscher Klassiker Verlag,
Jüdischer Verlag,
Verlag der Weltreligionen
The entrance of the (now demolished) Suhrkamp-building in Frankfurt
The suhrkamp taschenbuch wissenschaft series was started in 1973 with Habermas's Erkenntnis und Interesse (Knowledge and Human Interests) (1968). The other two books pictured here are by Hegel and Otfried Höffe respectively.

Suhrkamp Verlag is a German publishing house, established in 1950 and generally acknowledged as one of the leading European publishers of fine literature. Its roots go back to the "arianized" part of the S. Fischer Verlag. In January 2010 the headquarters of the company moved from Frankfurt to Berlin. Suhrkamp declared bankruptcy in 2013, following a longstanding legal conflict between its owners.[1]

Early history

The firm was established by Bertolt Brecht.

The Unseld period

Siegfried Unseld joined the firm in 1952, became part owner in 1957, and publisher on Suhrkamp's death in 1959. He led Suhrkamp Verlag until his own death in 2002.

Under Unseld's leadership, the publisher established itself within three major fields: 20th century German literature, foreign language literature and humanities. Suhrkamp books also gained acclaim for their innovative design and typography, mainly due to the work of Willy Fleckhaus.

During Unseld's reign, Suhrkamp published some of the leading modern German language authors in addition to those already mentioned.

The post-Unseld period

After Unseld's death, the firm was shaken by inner strife. Today, it is led by his widow Ulla Unseld-Berkéwicz. However, some of its leading authors, such as Martin Walser, have left the publishing house.

Suhrkamp Verlag has 140 employees and an annual turnover of approximately 30 million . Until January 2010, the company headquarters were situated in Frankfurt, Germany; after that, they moved to Berlin.

Authors writing in German

Jurek Becker, Jürgen Becker, Thomas Bernhard, Peter Bichsel, Volker Braun, Paul Celan, Tankred Dorst, Günter Eich, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Max Frisch, Durs Grünbein, Norbert Gstrein, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Peter Handke, Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Uwe Johnson, Thomas Kling, Wolfgang Koeppen, Karl Krolow, Andreas Maier, Friederike Mayröcker, Robert Menasse, Adolf Muschg, Paul Nizon, Hans Erich Nossack, Ernst Penzoldt, Doron Rabinovici, Nelly Sachs, Arno Schmidt, Robert Walser, Ernst Weiß and Peter Weiss.

Foreign authors

Amongst non-German writing authors are Agustina Bessa-Luís, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Eduardo Mendoza, and Clarice Lispector.

Latin American literature has become a special focus point for Suhrkamp Verlag, its catalogue includes names such as Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, Manuel Puig, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, Osman Lins, José Lezama Lima, Juan Carlos Onetti and Octavio Paz, and Tuvia Tenenbom.

Bibliothek Suhrkamp

The book series Bibliothek Suhrkamp encompasses leading modern authors, including Giuseppe Ungaretti, Paul Valéry and Marina Tsvetaeva.

Academic authors

The humanities are represented by writers such as Victor von Weizsäcker and Ludwig Wittgenstein. A number of Suhrkamp's publications in this field are considered standard academic reading.


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External links

  • Official website
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