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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

Hardback Blue Rider Press Language: English / German

By (author) Ben Schott

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  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press
  • Format: Hardback | 96 pages
  • Language: English / German
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 244mm x 14mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039916670X
  • ISBN 13: 9780399166709
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Sales rank: 16,978

Product description

Ever thought, "There should be a German word for that"? Well, thanks to the brilliantly original mind behind "Schott's Original Miscellany," now there is. "Schottenfreude "is a unique, must-have dictionary, complete with newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. In what other language but German could you construct "le mot juste "for a secret love of bad foods, the inability to remember jokes, Sunday-afternoon depression, the urge to yawn, the glee of gossip, reassuring your hairdresser, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow? A beguiling, ideal gift book for the "Gelehrte "or anyone on your list--just beware of rapidly expanding (and potentially incomprehensible) vocabularies.

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Ben Schott is the creator and designer of the international bestseller "Schott's Original Miscellany "and its three sequels. He also wrote the news annual "Schott's Almanac "(2006-2011). Together his books have sold some 2.5 million copies, in twenty one languages (including Japanese and Braille). Schott is a contributing columnist to the op-ed pages of "The New York Times "and a regular contributor to "The Times of London." He divides his time between New York and London.

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"Hugely inventive... Pleasantly pre-Web--a self-enclosed thing that rewards another, older kind of multitasking: reading, laughing, and learning." - "The New Yorker" "Perfectly tailored." - "The New Republic" "Elegant [and] illuminating." - "Wired" "Genius." - "Real Simple " "[A] work of brilliance.""--"The Times""(London)