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HER

DJ Helioglobal, 11.04.2017

Andreas L. Hofbauer, René Luckhardt: HER
Wien: Der Konterfei 2015
limitierte Ausgabe, 50 Seiten

 

In einem Onlineforum, das sich mit dem Umzug ins 40 Lichtjahre von uns entfernte Planeten-system...

How to Pilot an Aeroplane

Luc Meresma, 11.04.2017

Capt. Norman Macmillan:
How to Pilot an Aeroplane,
George Allen & Unwin LTD: London 1942,
first edition, 110 pages

 

This book told me just what I had to know before...

China frisst Menschen

Damian Christinger, 11.04.2017

Richard Huelsenbeck: China frisst Menschen
Orell Füssli Verlag: Zürich/Leipzig, 1930
Erstausgabe, 352 Seiten

 

Richard Huelsenbeck, Mitbegründer und Drummer des Dadaismus in Zürich, kehrte in den 1920er Jahren den Querelen...

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