They?re Still Painting, and More: The Leipzig Art Scene

First a success, then a bubble: the hype surrounding the ?New Leipzig School? put the city on the map of the art world, but also blinkered its vision.... more more

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A general who no longer wants to act

Friday 28 December, 2007

An interview with one of the grand old men of German theatre, Gert Voss, about Schiller's Wallenstein, the glories and the disappointments of the stage, and a life-long love of cinema. By Peter Kümmel
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The Gypsies – a Romanian problem

Wednesday 19 December, 2007

The deportation of Romanians from Italy in the wake of a murder committed by an ethnic Roma has caused a stir in Romania. Yet whereas Romanians object to this discrimination abroad, they fail to see that at home the Roma are treated with nothing but hatred and disdain, and neither the Church nor the state is doing anything about it. By Mircea Cartarescu
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 18 December, 2007

Elet es Irodalom and HVG would like to see more civil courage in the face of the anti-Roma demonstrations of the Hungarian Guard. In The American Interest, Mario Vargas Llosa celebrates Latin American mestizaje. In Itogie, Boris Akunin finds the peaceful life in France. The Economist has observed Sarkozy's verbaholic tendencies. Przekroj patrols the EU's new eastern border. Plus - Minus speculates about dead French kings in aeroplanes. And in the New Statesman, Richard Dawkins wishes us all a "Happy Newton Day!"
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I have to let it out!

Monday 17 December, 2007

The celebrated German theatre collective Rimini Protokoll gives centre stage to "experts on everyday life". Eva Behrendt met three of its unsuspecting stars: English Literature student Priyanka Nandy, lorry driver Vento Borissov and corporate consultant Sven-Joachim Otto.
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Books this Season: Fiction

Wednesday 12 December, 2007

This literary autumn belongs to two Russian writers: Vassily Grossmann and Varlam Shalamov, whose epic works have been published in German at long last. But older Germans and German Romantics, Polish queens, Romanian Mannerists, combative atheists, Neopolitan Camorristi, Catalonian knights and a glutton of glorious abandon have also come up trumps.
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Books this Season: Nonfiction

Wednesday 12 December, 2007

The literary event of the season is the inexplicably delayed publication of two Russian masterpieces: Vassily Grossmann's historic drama of the 20th century "Life and Fate" and Varlam Shalamov's collection of tales from Kolyma "Durch den Schnee". On the German side, we have seen older novelists flexing their muscles and reaching for the skies, biographers looking up to bygone giants, and the feuilletons rallying to defend religion against the air strikes of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 10 December, 2007

In Outlook India, Priyamvada Gopal asks the left: why are you silent at the persecution of Taslima Nasreen? In The New York Times, Ayaan Hirsi Ali asks moderate Muslims: why are you silent when a 20-year-old rape victim is sentenced to lashing? In L'Espresso, Umberto Eco tells the Pope: religion is the cocaine of the people. In The New Republic, James Wolcott demands thunder and illumination from literary criticism. In Nepszabadsag, Imre Kertesz explains what he means by atonal prose. Gazeta Wyborcza comments on the decline of Stalinism in North Korea. And The Spectator sips Indian wine.
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Time to go down to the cellar

Monday 10 December, 2007

Since the 19th century Ukrainians have been dreaming of a return to the paradise lost of Europe. But Ukraine's rich and painful history remains a blank spot in the European collective consciousness, or a mighty underground river flowing out of Europe's cellar, littered with corpses. By Oksana Zabuzhko
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All eyes on the December children

Wednesday 5 December, 2007

Romania might have only 35 cinemas but it is having a profound effect on the world of film. Christian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" won the Palme d'Or at Cannes earlier this year and the European Film Prize in Berlin on Saturday. By Jan Schulz-Ojala
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 4 December, 2007

Outlook India depairs for its country as the Taslima Nasreen narrative continues. The New Yorker marvels at the vanity of diary writers. Garry Kasparov explains his guerilla tactics against the Kremlin in the Nouvel Obs. Europa warns of the dangerous beast called Russian nationalism. Merkur defends the free society. Nepszabadsag wants to root out the evil in Hungarian politics. Portfolio describes how free Internet downloads are giving the porn industry a run for its money. The Economist tries to sip at the firehose of Internet data, and gets blown away by useless information. And Il Foglio celebrates Poesia magazine, an Italian miracle.
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Treasure in the mountains

Monday 3 December, 2007

The novel is blooming in the Urals, where the children of the former technology elite are letting their imaginations run riot. By Sonja Margolina

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