Diogenes Verlag – an Introduction

»Every kind of writing is permitted – except for the boring kind.« Voltaire

Based in Zurich, Diogenes is one of Europe’s largest independent literary publishers, home to international bestselling authors such as Donna Leon, John Irving, Martin Suter, Paulo Coelho, Martin Walker, Bernhard Schlink and Patrick Süskind. Our roster also includes a large collection of classics, art and cartoon titles and children’s books.
We have published some 5,000 titles by more than 800 writers and artists over almost 65 years of our history, with a great many successes outside the German-speaking world as well.
Diogenes takes care of theatre and film licences as well as world rights for many German-speaking and international authors (including Patricia Highsmith, Donna Leon, Leon de Winter, Tomi Ungerer, Petros Markaris).

Daniel Keel founded Diogenes in 1952 and had a decisive editorial influence up to his death in autumn 2011. His school friend Rudolf C. Bettschart became a partner in the business just two years after the publishing house was founded. As co-owner, he was in charge of the overall commercial management until March 2015. Philipp Keel followed in his father’s footsteps in April 2012. He and the management board members Winfried Stephan (Publishing & Editorial), Stefan Fritsch (Markets & Organisation), Ruth Geiger (Press & PR) and Katharina Erne (Finances & Controlling) run the company on a day-to-day basis.

Philipp Keel has signed some forty new writers over the past four years. Diogenes’ philosophy is to publish not just individual books but an author’s entire body of work. Our major international successes include Patrick Süskind’s Perfume and Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader.