Auguste mena kai thee…

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… se senane orkizomaste,

pali tou chronou na mas vreis

sto vracho na philiomaste.

schrieb Odysseas Elytis Anfang der Siebzigerjahre (frei in etwa: “Dir, Augustus, Monat und Gott, / schwören wir, wie wir müssen, / auch nächstes Jahr am Felsen zu sein, / um uns nochmals zu küssen”).

Nicht nur für Belletristik und Küsse an Meeresfelsen, sondern auch für Sachbücher eignet sich die Muße des August. Unlängst machte etwa das Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels auf die neue, von Ludger Jansen und mir herausgegebene Reihe, aufmerksam.

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Augustus, month and god,

to thee we solemnly vow

next year beside the crags again

to kiss just like now.

Elytis wrote these verses in the early seventies. They can mislead you to think that the moments of leisure in August are only for the belles lettres and for open-air kisses.

An extra reading option is given in the recent recommendation of the first title of the new series I edit together with Ludger Jansen by the periodical publication of the German bookstores association.

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