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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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 24 February, 2009

In the London Review, Perry Anderson counts the servitors in the Quirinale. Salon.eu.sk documents Peter Nadas's speech to Hungary's national bankers - on the subject of trust. In Clarin, Roberto Saviano celebrates the new football god, Leo Messi. In Nouvel Obs, French historian Nelly Schmidt thanks the British for initiating research into French colonialism. L'Espresso finds out what Sarkozy could do for Italian culture.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 17 February, 2009

Do the Palestinians need more space than the Belgians? asks Amos Oz in the Guardian. In Eurozine Slavenka Drakulic talks about learning things the hard way. In Nepszabadsag Bogdan Goralczyk and Laszlo Lengyel despair over Eastern European provincialism. The New Republic worries that a two-class information society will emerge from the ashes of the newspapers. In Espresso, Umberto Eco hurls his books out the window. And in TLS Richard Dawkins delares: Evolution is true.
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Beyond the war hero

Tuesday 17 February, 2009

TeaserPicBernard-Henri Levy looks at some of the problems posed by the film "Valkyrie" which are too complex and delicate to be resolved within Hollywood logic. First on the list: the Scientology question.
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Submission in advance

Monday 16 February, 2009

TeaserPicThe fatwa against British Indian author Salman Rushdie was issued 20 years ago. Today, says Thierry Chervel, Islamism has the West more firmly in its grip than ever before – thanks to our left-wing intellectuals.
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Unmasking the July 20 plot

Friday 13 February, 2009

To deny Stauffenberg and the other conspirators any moral and cultural relevance is blinkered and consitutes intellectual bigotry. Even if their ideas seem politically anachronistic today, these men showed the sort of noblesse and strength of character of which today’s politicians and other bureaucratic elites can only dream. Karl Heinz Bohrer responds to the thesis of British historian Richard J. Evans.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 10 February, 2009

Vanity Fair recounts how Warner fires successful film producers. In Eurozine, Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt trace the fine line between multiculturalism and racism . In the New Statesman, Dennis Dutton looks out onto ideal, high-protein landscapes. Polityka sips a vicious cocktail, cherry and all. In the Spectator, Darwin praises monkey brilliance. In Le Crois, Simon Leys lashes out at Roland Barthes's unusual indecency. And for Nouvel Obs, Abraham B. Yehoshua reviews Israel's bitter victory in Gaza.
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Why did Stauffenberg plant the bomb?

Tuesday 10 February, 2009

TeaserPicWas it because Hitler was losing the war? Was it to put an end to the mass murder of the Jews. Or was it to save Germany's honour? Whatever his motives, he was no role model for future generations, says British historian Richard Evans. (Photo: Deutsches Historisches Museum)
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 3 February, 2009

In Le Point BHL remembers the non-Stauffenberg members of the German resistance - civilians like Georg Elser, Sophie Scholl and Willy Brandt. In Nouvel Obs, Roland Barthes weeps for his mother. Outlook India describes the Talibanisation of the IT state Karnataka. Elet es Irodalom explains why the Dutch don't get Peter Esterhazy. The New Statesman wonders at the improbable marriage of physicist Paul Dirac. In Al Ahram the writer Herman P. Spruijt calls for the Arab world to improve IP rights for its writers. Prospect sees red Tories a' coming.
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