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

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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 27 October, 2009

When Karadzic goes on trial in The Hague, the Hungarian plague will be tried alongside him, says the Magyar Narancs. The New Yorker explains why robots are better than husbands. In the New Republic, Enrique Krauze asks why Gabriel Garcia Marquez had such a thing for dictators. Europe has a sure footing in Turkey, Orhan Pamuk assures the Nouvel Obs. History is no recipe for how to live our lives today, the historian Karol Modzelewski tells Tygodnik Powszechny. N+1 tracks the rise of the neuronovel, and the TLS reads new Trotsky biographies.
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Jolly eschatology

Thursday 21 October, 2009

TeaserPicClaus Leggewie and Harald Welzer have written a book about the end of the world as we knew it. Jan Feddersen grills them on climate change and the role of democracy in a political system that has had no new ideas since the fall of the Wall.

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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 20 October, 2009

In Sinn und Form, Fritz Mierau tells of his journey to Koktebel. The London Review of Books reads a survival guide to working at the checkout. In Nouvel Obs, Yasmina Reza questions the legitimacy of Polanski's judges. In the New York Review of Books, Timothy Garton Ash has a job for a brilliant young historian. The New Statesman doesn't think de Gaulle could govern Nepal. In Nepszabadsag, Andra Gerö wants a return of the monarchy in Hungary. In Eurozine, Arne Ruth comes to terms with the past for the Swedes and Swiss, and Katharina Raabe makes a grand tour of eastern central European literature.
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Travelling on one leg

Friday 16 October, 2009

"Herta Müller has eyes like spotlights that drive out the darkness night after night." So begins Verena Auffermann's portrait of this year's literary Nobel laureate, in her book about 99 women writers, "Leidenschaften".
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Ode to Herta Müller

Tuesday 13 October 2009

Romanian novelist Mircea Cartarescu celebrates Herta Müller's Nobel Prize, raising his glass to a writer with an inner sword and a literary style that is pure poetry.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 13 October, 2009

TeaserPicEl Pais Seminal prints the affidavit of the death row inhabitant Romell Broom, whose execution was suspended after 18 failed attempts to give him the lethal injection. Hungarian and Polish magazines have joined in a chorus of consent that Roman Polanski deserves all he gets. Britain's problem, the Spectator intones, is not racism but 'cultural cloning". In the New Republic, Lawrence Lessig outlines the dangers of naked transparency in politics. In Le Monde diplomatique Shi Ming describes the hermeneutic acrobatics of the Chinese cultural industry.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 6 October, 2009

TeaserPicIn openDemocracy, Alexander Podrabinek remembers the true heroes of Russia: the anti-Soviets. In L'Espresso, Umberto Eco points to the existence of the right-wing intellectual. The Guardian reads a comic about Bertrand Russell's "Principia Mathematica". Juan Villoro opens a book in the hands of the future for ADN Cultura. Vanity Fair reports from the front of Rupert Murdoch's war against the Internet. Newsweek looks into the future of journalism and finds it "hyperlocal". Thomas Jefferson would never have signed the Google Book Settlement thinks Lewis Hyde in the New York Times.
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German Book Prize 2009 - the shortlist. Includes an excerpt from Herta Müller's new novel

Friday 2 October, 2009

TeaserPicUPDATE: The German Book Prize 2009 has been awarded to Katrin Schmidt for her novel "You're Not Going to Die". Read excerpts from all the shortlisted titles - including one from the Nobel Prize laureate Herta Müller's novel "Everything I Own I Carry With Me".
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