On the Death of Siegfried Lenz ? ?You have to justify your life?

Siegfried Lenz, one of the great writers of German post-war literature is dead. He died on 7 October 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.... more more

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Flowering young girls and dirty washing

Tuesday 29 March, 2005

In his first work of fiction, Rome-born writer Alessandro Piperno addresses his social milieu. Italian critics are calling his portrayal of the Jewish bourgeoisie politically incorrect. The book is the talk of the town. By Franz Haas
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The human flaw

Wednesday 23 March, 2005

Could it be that other cultures find our top models ugly? The way we – conversely – are unable to grasp that the Chinese word for beauty means "fat sheep". A festival in Berlin examines the concept of beauty. By Arnd Wesemann
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"This is not art, it's pathology"

Wednesday 23 March, 2005

A wave of thinly disguised attempts at censorship are causing concern in Russian artistic circles. By Jens Mühling
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The woes of Berlin's memorials

Friday 18 March, 2005

The monuments to the victims of the Nazi era are in a miserable state. Götz Aly has made himself very unpopular in making this very clear.
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We’re coming to bring you on home

Wednesday 16 March, 2005

An American and a German go in search of a small-time drug baron in the Brandenburg outback.... A short story by Georg Klein.
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Fighting in the sandbox

Tuesday 15 March, 2005

Is there an East / West war in German theatre? Is the Berlin Cultural Senator an agent of sinister socialist forces? Is a new Wall going up in the capital? Or are budget cuts finally bringing together what belong together? A report from the Berlin battlefield. By Peter Kümmel.
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Heroic stupidity

15 March, 2005

Looking for the genius in the engineer: Werner Herzog's monumental documentary "The White Diamond" follows a Zeppelin-builder through the jungle of Guyana. A heroic journey to the borders of embarrassment and beyond. By Dietmar Kammerer
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Thanks from the new Czar

Friday 11 March, 2005

On Tuesday, Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov was reported to have been assassinated by the Russian secret service. Philosopher Andre Glucksmann says "Thank you, Messrs Chirac, Bush and Schröder", on behalf of Czar Putin.
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Berlinale round up

Friday 4 March, 2005

Poor old Berlinale: nonstop snow, not enough stars, little Hollywood interest, an overdose of political films and wishywashy films d'auteur. Sounds like a washout - but a host of Chinese independent masterpieces and Julia Jentsch saved the day. By Ekkehard Knörer.
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Not a living soul around

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

"Quite possibly, as time goes by, we tend to perceive the 'prison of nations', as the Austro-Hungarian Empire was called in those days, as something like a prototype, albeit an imperfect one, for a united Europe." Polish author Andrzej Stasiuk wanders through the landscapes of World War One in Eastern Europe.
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Thankmar, the young Krahl

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

From right wing fraternities to the red dawn of Marxism. In his short life, the charismatic student revolutionary Hans-Jürgen Krahl went from the far right to the far left. A biographical sketch by Gerd Koenen.
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Wake up, Europeans!

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

Or you will find yourself subjected to a constitution you never wanted, discussed, or decided on. By Oliver Eberle
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Einstein's legacy

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

What can we learn from Albert Einstein today? Trust in the free flight of conceptual imagination, mistrust of any kind of authority and knowing when you can safely go to bed. By Yehuda Elkana
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It's not a picture. What is it then?

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

Uta Baier talks with painter Georg Baselitz about home, folk art and provocation.
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I am the people

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

In response to the furore caused by Oliver Hirschbiegel's film "The Downfall", historian Götz Aly describes how many Germans were seduced by National Socialism's heady mix of generous state handouts and high-speed history making.
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The first corporate revolution

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

The Ukrainian revolution was chic: hipness replaced the mustiness of bearded demonstrators. And the idea of giving the revolution a colour, like a product, was a total success. The Ukraine has witnessed its first 'corporate revolution'. By Ulrich Schmid
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