German Words for the Human Condition

Ben Schott - Author

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ISBN 9780399166709 | 96 pages | 31 Oct 2013 | Blue Rider Press | 4.48 x 9.48in | 18 - AND UP
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Ever thought, There should be a German word for that? Well, thanks to the brilliantly original mind behind Schotts 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 listjust beware of rapidly expanding (and potentially incomprehensible) vocabularies.

“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)


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