?From the great beyond into the present? ? an interview with Jo Lendle

Hanser publisher Jo Lendle talks about gentle adjustments of languages and marketing strategies.... more more

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Identity in the lining

26 April 2005

A retrospective of the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan recently opened at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. His clothes tell stories and reveal dreams of flying. By Mirja Rosenau
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"Ladies and gentlemen, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann"

Friday 22 April, 2005

Thirty years after his premature death, new CDs document readings and recitals by the poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann. They demonstrate even more clearly than the collected texts and letters that Brinkmann's form of production was avantgarde. Listeners now accustomed to pop sounds will feel at home. Wasn't that an interesting noise? Doesn't a lot of this remind you of later low-fi albums and bootlegs? Brinkmann's breathless speaking takes up the "howl" of the beat generation, his lust for the loud is like concrete poetry. By Thomas Groß
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"I can dance again"

Thursday 21 April, 2005

Frankfurt's long-serving ballet director William Forsythe on his new start with a smaller company: new ideas, new stages and an unusual Japanese master. The new Forsythe Company debuts today in Frankfurt.
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The Turkish trauma

Tuesday 19 April, 2005

For 200 years, since the end of the Greater Ottoman Empire, Turkey has been rehearsing the transition from one civilisation to another. And now the anti-European nationalists are gaining favor. The author Orhan Pamuk put his life on the line with "Snow", an overtly political novel about his country's problems. In an interview, Pamuk explains why his book has caused such vehement reactions in Turkey.
Editor's note of October 12, 2006: Orhan Pamuk is winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Books this Season: Fiction and Poetry

Spring 2005

Experience beats youth hands down this season! Second novels are sprouting up everywhere. Poet Thomas Kling, who died far too young, has left us a final masterpiece. Non-fiction can't escape the dark shadow of World War Two but there's plenty of talk of a life without work as well.
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Books this Season: World War Two

Spring 2005

It won't leave us alone. Sixty years after the end of the war, a new wave of memorial literature is sweeping Germany. We list important studies such as Götz Aly's "Hitler's Volkstaat", as well as novels, biographies and memoires.
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A sea of possibilities

Thursday 14 April, 2005

Slightly polemical observations on life after 40 prompted by new books by Claudius Seidl and Desiree Nick. By Thea Dorn
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Books this Season: Nonfiction

Spring 2005

Biographies of Friede Springer, Stefan Aust and Martin Walser and the latest book by philosopher Peter Sloterdijk.
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Books this Season: Politics

Spring 2005

Work can no longer form the foundation of our self-image. With this simple statement, Wolfgang Engler seems to have struck a nerve among Feuilletonists.
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Doing the unspeakable

Tuesday 12 April, 2005

On the 25th anniversary of the legendary German band Einstürzende Neubauten, Max Dax interviewed its co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Hacke on Berlin in the eighties and the End Time aesthetics of Berlin's Kreuzberg district.
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The only thing I can really paint well is anger

Friday 8 April, 2005

Bernhard Heisig is a controversial figure in the German art world, having served in the SS and painted state portraits of both East and West German leaders. As a professor at the Leipzig Art School he taught the younger generation of painters now enjoying the international limelight such as Neo Rauch, Tim Eitel and Tilo Baumgärtel. The Leipzig Musem of Fine Art is currently showing a large retrospective of Heisig's work "Die Wut der Bilder".
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As many wars as nations

Wednesday 6 April, 2005

May the 8th is the anniversary of the end of WW II, but was it really a liberation? Each European country has a different memory of the war, and there is no real consensus on the Holocaust either. With the EU entry of the Eastern European countries the competing myths will no longer exist in isolation, but will have to be contested with the neighbours. By Adam Krzeminski
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The Mongol devastations

Tuesday 5 April, 2005

The Americans and British practised the systematic annihilation of entire cities and their populations in the Second World War. Their main goal was to impress Stalin. The burning of Dresden was the first act of the Cold War. By Jörg Friedrich
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Islam in its new Habitus

Friday 1 April, 2005

The public face of Islam is changing. A new collection of essays tries to understand how and why. By Moritz Behrendt
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An Arab wall has fallen

Friday 1 April, 2005

The "Cedar Revolution" in Lebanon spawns hopes of a democratic spring in the Arabic world. How do the mass demonstrations of Hizbollah followers relate to the awakening in Beirut? By Abbas Beydoun
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