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Turkey in Frankfurt

Monday 22 December, 2008

This year Turkey was the guest country at the Frankfurt Book Fair. We introduce the books that attracted the most critical attention.
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Books this Season: Fiction

Wednesday 14 May, 2008

The headlines were stolen by Charlotte Roche's moist little sex shocker and Jonathan Littell's sprawling SS fantasies but only two books united the critics: one is good and the other, utterly objectionable. There was a flurry of interest in some fabulous comics and a resurgence of the political and the historical novel. A dip into the books published in Germany this spring.
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Books this Season: Nonfiction

Monday 14 May, 2008

The nonfiction books this spring look into life as a budding president, a kitchen slave, a prophet, a string quartet. They pick apart the world of the elites, of lust and taste and '68.

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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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Books this Season

Wednesday 9 May, 2007

German writers make a big splash this season, in all age categories. And we meet fairies at a holiday camp in Sweden, ill-starred souls in Denmark, Piedmont people-smugglers and down-and-out Bulgarian writers. Nonfiction highlights include works by Ian Buruma and Anna Politkovskaya, histories of the Cold War and Prussia, and a sudden overview of contemporary art.
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Books this Season: Nonfiction

Wednesday 9 May, 2007

Political portraits of the Netherlands and Russia come from Ian Buruma and Anna Politkovskaya. British historian Christopher Clark has revealed new sides to Prussia. The ever so well behaved Adolph Freiherr von Knigge has regained dignity in a new biography. And Jörg Heiser finally helps us with an overview of contemporary art.
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Books this Season: Nonfiction & Political Books

Autumn 2006

György Dalos and Paul Lendvai explore the Hungarian Uprising. Saul Friedländer gives the first truly all-encompassing portrayal of the Holocaust. There's a run of striking memoirs by Imre Kertesz, Günter Grass and Joachim Fest. And Gary Schwartz' "Rembrandt Book" is the talk of the Rembrandt year.
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Books this Season

Thursday 7 December, 2006

Indian literature burst onto the German market, rambunctious and effervescing. A choir of Eastern European voices sings of the Hungarian Uprising, the lost province of Sarmatia and Machiavellian nasties in provincial Poland. German literature scales mountains in free verse and buries itself in the aging process. And many a great man remembers...
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Books this Season: Fiction

Spring 2006

The German feuilletons have discovered the other - and with force. The most talked-about literary works deal with 19th century travellers, Turkish girls in Anatolia, youth gangs in Leipzig or coma-stricken narrators. In our nonfiction section, Necla Kelek's study of Turkish men in Germany launched a thousand arguments.
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Books this Season: Nonfiction

Spring 2006

After her book about imported brides, Necla Kelek turns her attention to Turkish men. Frank Schirrmacher warns of the ills of childless society, and Lars Brand remembers his father, Chancellor Willy. Plus enticing monographs on Berlusconi, Benjamin Franklin, Sigmund Freud, Jean Sibelius, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Bernini.
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Books this Season: Fiction

Autumn 2005

We present the books that shaped Germany's literary world this autumn, with futuristic novels about clones and time standing still, two major tomes on the fall of the Wall, and a sampling of bookish delights from around the globe.
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Books this Season: Nonfiction

Autumn 2005

Essays by Karl Schlögel and Andrzej Stasiuk, memoirs by Martin Walser and Luc Bondy, histories of German fascination for Russia and a friendship with Hitler, a Weber biography and a book on painter Gerhard Richter.
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Books this Season: Political Books

Autumn 2005

A monumental Mao biography, an essay on hate, a book about a 1969 failed bomb attack in Berlin's Jewish Community Centre, and a study of "mental capitalism" on the pervasiveness of advertising.
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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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