Jörg Schröder: Siegfried

Jörg Schröder

novel, new title

544pp (93,000 words), with numerous photos and facsimiles

One of the most exciting books in German literature is being reissued in a significantly expanded edition: SIEGFRIED (first published in 1972), the tell-all book about the legendary, culturally revolutionary publisher März-Verlag and its founder, Jörg Schröder.

Covering his childhood, his training at a bookshop, his jobs at various publishers and eventually the setting-up of his own publishing house, Jörg Schröder has described his colourful life to biographer Ernst Herhaus. His memoir is a reckoning with the cultural establishment – distasteful, fascinating and candid. Numerous legal cases were brought against SIEGFRIED, all but one of them won by Jörg Schröder. Later editions of SIEGFRIED appeared with several blacked-out passages.

This new edition features an extensive appendix tracing the work and its reception history to the present day.


»As exciting today as ever – a volcano, still distinctive and scandalous.«
Peter W. Jansen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»A confession, a piece of revelatory literature more ruthless than German writing has seen in a long time.«
Der Spiegel (1972)

»A flashy, remarkable book (...), exploring the relationship between narration and indiscretion. (...) A book about publishing houses, brothels and binge drinking, but also about a childhood under National Socialism and in the early post-war years.«
Jan-Frederik Brandel, Neues Deutschland

»An ingenious self-disclosure. Anyone who's still interested in what reading is about should read this.«
Dietmar Dath, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Jörg Schröder is a legend in German publishing. (...) Unlike so many autobiographical books, this one shows no traces of patina.«
Annett Gröschner, Süddeutsche Zeitung