?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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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 26 October, 2010

Digitalisation will not kill the publishing industry but it will turn it on its head, according to Prospect. Esprit asks why it was the burqa of all things that has united Flemish and Walloons. Outlook feels the pulse of an ailing press. In Slate, Anne Applebaum is impressed that the French and British have stayed true to stereotype as axes fall. The New York Times portrays the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Salon.com visits a Ghanaian witch camp.
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Sceptically, lyrically, buoyantly now

Monday 25 October, 2010

TeaserPicGerman contemporary literature has emerged from the post-ideological vacuum to deliver punch-packing and exacting miniatures that go straight to the heart of the unknown society in which we live. Ina Hartwig highlights a group of writers who all have their fingers firmly on the pulse.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 19 October, 2010

TeaserPicHow much differentiation can Islamism take, asks Foreign Affairs. Mitterrand was responsible for 45 beheadings in Algeria, Le Point informs us. In Eurozine, Michael Azar explains why Albert Camus believed, nevertheless, that France was the best possible future for Algeria. In Elet es Irodalom, Zsolt Lang admires Mario Vargas Llosa's Dulcineas of flesh and blood. Atlantic Monthly longs for the thoroughly unhappy love story.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 12 October, 2010

In the New Yorker, Gawker founder Nick Denton hopes to strike gold online. In Elet and Irodalom Peter Nadas is convinced that a bourgeoisie is forming in Hungary. Prospect boards the jolly trolleyology. France's Sarrazin has been born in the form of Hugues Lagrange, who defends his corner in Telerama. The TLS introduces the cricket-bat wielding Allahakbarries. Remi Brague and Jerome di Costanzo insist in Open Democracy, that secularism is a Catholic invention. And in the NYRB, Alma Guillermoprieto deplores the Mexican catastrophe.
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Save Benjamin from his fans!

Monday 11 October, 2010

TeaserPicWalter Benjamin took his life seventy years ago. Today the cult of Benjamin has turned him into kitsch and his almost entirely false theories into intellectual blancmange. Author Stephan Wackwitz picks apart the legend of a saint whose work should be read as Romantic literature.

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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 5 October, 2010

In Al Ahram, Egyptian authors ask why their books have been banned from the Kuwait Book Fair. Lawrence Lessig carves up the Facebook film for the New Republic. In Salon.eu.sk, author Drago Jancar remembers the murder of thousands of Slovenian soldiers by the communists. Rue89 reports on the advertising boycott that was the death of the Moroccan magazine Nichane. In Nepszabadsag, Agnes Heller is not remotely surprised about the decline of democracy in Hungary. In Granta, four Pakistani writers explain how to write about Pakistan.
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German Book Prize 2010 - the shortlist

Wednesday 22 September, 2010

TeaserPicUPDATE:Melinda Nadj Abonji has won the German Book Prize for her novel "Tauben Fliegen auf" (Falcons without Falconers). The award ceremony will take place during the Frankfurt Book Fair which opens today. Find out more about the six shortlisted titles and read English excepts from each.
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A very different sort of banker

Monday 4 October, 2010

An exhibition in the Amsterdam Verzetsmuseum celebrates Wally van Hall, the banker who used his financial connections to fund the Dutch Resistance movement during WWII. By Dragan Klaic
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