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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Jandl Contest Part III

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Journey to the Alaska of my past

Monday 19 September, 2005

"As I today, after many years, start off on a journey to the land of my birth, I feel as if I were leaving for Africa or Alaska. I am leaving for the unknown lands of my past without actually knowing why." Serbian author Bora Cosic visits his divided homeland for the first time since 1992.
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"Are you done? I've got things to do"

Friday 26 August, 2005

Marcel Reich-Ranicki is known as the Pope of literature – that's dumb. Because the Pope is not interested in erotica and his language is rarely juicy. Better: Marcel Reich-Ranicki is an 85-year-old pop star who entertains his audience with book reviews. A conversation with weak knees.
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Intimately connected to the Zeitgeist

Wednesday 24 August, 2005

American author Jonathan Franzen discusses his German literary influences, American playfulness and his "moral mission". An interview with Bernadette Conrad
(Photo © David Shankbone)
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"I like being several people"

Monday 11 July, 2005

"I don't stop being Turkish when I'm in the USA, and I'm also an American when I'm in Istanbul." Turkish novelist and professor of gender studies in Tucson, Arizona Elif Shafak talks to Arno Widmann about multiple identities, the joys of heterodoxy and the dangers of getting comfortable.
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Ingeborg Bachmann Prize

Friday 24 June, 2005

The reading race is on to see who will take home this year's Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. Awarded as part of the German Literature Days in Klagenfurt, this is Austria's most prestigious literary award, which lauches careers and lines the winner's pocket with a substantial 22,500 euros. We provide some background on the prize and a host of useful links.
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Orhan Pamuk to win Friedenspreis

Wednesday 22 June, 2005

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk is to win what is possibly the most coveted German literary prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The 25,000 euro prize is awarded by the German Book Trade Association every fall to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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The sweet taste of underground

Monday 6 June, 2005

The youngest generation of Polish writers has avidly taken up the political reality of unemployment, the suburban wasteland and consumption terror in a new spirit of anti-capitalism. But the scene's real superstar, Dorota Maslowska (born 1982), is convincing above all aesthetically. In her works, social misery becomes a virtuoso language game. Her second book, a rap poem, has just been presented at the Warsaw Book Fair. By Ina Hartwig
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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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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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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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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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Flowering young girls and dirty washing

Tuesday 29 March, 2005

In his first work of fiction, Rome-born writer Alessandro Piperno addresses his social milieu. Italian critics are calling his portrayal of the Jewish bourgeoisie politically incorrect. The book is the talk of the town. By Franz Haas
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