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Axel Hacke: Non-fiction book enters the number 1 list of Spiegel bestsellers

2023-12-04T07:57:24.587Z

Highlights: Axel Hacke: Non-fiction book enters the number 1 list of Der Spiegel bestsellers. "On cheerfulness in difficult times and the question of how important the seriousness of life should be to us" "On the Cheerfulness in Difficult Times and the Question of How Important the Seriousness of Life Should Be to Us" was an immediate entry into the Spiegel bestseller list after its publication. The bestselling author explained to NDR that readers had great fun with his stories, even if he had fun writing them.



Status: 04.12.2023, 08:42 a.m.

By: Sven Trautwein

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The new publication by Axel Hacke has one of the longest book titles at the moment and goes straight to number 1 among the Spiegel bestsellers.

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It is a plea for cheerfulness and a book whose title length can hardly be topped at the moment: "On cheerfulness in difficult times and the question of how important the seriousness of life should be to us" is the title of the new publication by Axel Hacke, which has already made it into the non-fiction bestseller list of Der Spiegel within a month. And in 1st place. This should provide the author with great joy and cheerfulness. And the content also pleases the reader.

Axel Hacke enters the non-fiction category with "On cheerfulness in difficult times and the question of how important the seriousness of life should be to us". © Oliver Mengedoht/Imago

Even though Axel Hacke's book is neither on the longlist of the NDR Non-Fiction Prize nor on the shortlist, Hacke's "On the Cheerfulness in Difficult Times and the Question of How Important the Seriousness of Life Should Be to Us" was an immediate entry into the Spiegel bestseller list in the field of non-fiction after its publication.

"Life is serious, art is cheerful," wrote Friedrich Schiller. But what exactly is cheerfulness? And how do we get them back into our serious lives? In times when we intuitively feel different in the face of global crises, Axel Hacke sets out in search of an almost forgotten state of mind, of an attitude towards life in which we have become strangely untrained. Entertaining, clever and personal, he explores the origins of the term, explains what distinguishes cheerfulness from wit and cheerfulness, and why it cannot be had without the seriousness of life.

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Axel Hacke: "On cheerfulness in difficult times and the question of how important the seriousness of life should be to us"

A book that is intended to give courage in times of crisis. Especially in times full of wars and climate change, the question comes up again and again, can we still be happy and how do we face all these circumstances calmly? The bestselling author explained to NDR about his book "A House for Many Summers" that readers had great fun with his stories, even if he had fun writing them. He agrees with thriller writer Lee Child. Lee Child also often said that the reader notices when the author enjoyed writing. This joy of writing can also be transferred well to the author's new non-fiction book.

Hacke told the Hamburger Abendblatt that it was not intended to be a book at first, but only a short essay. The request from a friend came at just the right time for him after the severe Corona pandemic. In the end, he also saw the work on the book as a help for himself, he reveals. Five times a day, he now tries to think about cheerfulness.

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There are many questions that Axel Hacke explores in his book: What is cheerfulness? When are you cheerful and can you become cheerful at all? Do you need intoxicants, pills or humor? And is there even an answer to all these questions? For the author, any pulling up the corners of the mouth or laughter yoga is a good way to practice cheerfulness.

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The German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Hacke's non-fiction book is not a "self-care" read. It's more like sitting in a café with a good friend and discussing the meaning of life. He does not want to downplay or deny the current problems. With the book, he tries to show how important daily cheerfulness is and that it is also about analysing how one can be cheerful in the first place.

Axel Hacke: "On cheerfulness in difficult times and the question of how important the seriousness of life should be to us"

2023 Dumont, ISBN-13 978-3-8321-6808-7

Price: Hardcocer €20, E-Book €16.99, 221 pages (may vary in format)

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Axel Hacke

Axel Hacke is one of Germany's most prominent authors, and his works have been translated into many languages. Over the course of his career, he has been honored with various awards, including the Joseph Roth Prize, two Egon Erwin Kisch Prizes, the Theodor Wolff Prize, and most recently the Ben Witter Prize in 2019. He works as a columnist for the magazine of the SZ.

Source: merkur

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