?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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The radical loser

Thursday 1 December, 2005

The social sciences have failed in their analyses of amok killers, frenzied murderers and the terrorist mind. And yet one look is enough to identify the culprit: the radical loser. By Hans Magnus Enzensberger
(Photo © Mariusz Kubik)
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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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Photoshop realism: life at a distance

Tuesday 29 November, 2005

Eberhard Havekost is being hyped as one of the hot "Young German Artists". His subjects are banal, he copies copies, he's interested in surfaces. Art critic Elke Buhr ventures to ask if there's any depth.
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The long march to Beethoven

Monday 28 November, 2005

Does the future of classical music lie in China? International stars like Lang Lang and Yundi Li are just the tip of the iceberg. On tour with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker, Claus Spahn reports on the classical craze in the People's Republic. (Photo: Berliner Philharmoniker/Andreas Knapp)
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Bodily harm to a train station

Thursday 24 November, 2005

A visual disaster for today's Germany: the disfigurement of a splendid new train station in the heart of Berlin. By Horst Bredekamp (Image © GMP)
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The Republic's sexiest calves

Wednesday 23 November, 2005

Moritz Rinke, playwright and astute observer of the passing political scene, comments on Gerhard Schröder's cozy relationship with artists and the media. And the fact that while everybody seemed to like him, nobody really got to know him.
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So long, Marianne

Tuesday 22 November, 2005

The riots in the French suburbs are taking place in an atmosphere rife with male violence where girls and women live in fear. If we really want to address the problem of burning cars, then we must also tackle the problem of burning girls. By Alice Schwarzer
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Washing Weber's dirty laundry

Monday 14 November, 2005

Joachim Radkau has written a monumental biography of Max Weber, the father of sociology. Relying heavily on private letters, he draws close parallels between Weber's intellectual and erotic life - which was at first unfulfilled and then both uninhibitied and extra-marital. All very interesting, but does it help us understand Weber's work? By Robert Leicht
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A nice pair of cords doesn't mean it's spring

Thursday 10 November, 2005

A look at the unfunky Jazzrock, one-sided musical dialogues, impressive faux-pas and high-spirited communication games between Cecil Taylor and Tony Oxley of this year's Berlin Jazz Festival and the Total Music Meeting for improvised music. By Markus Schneider
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Ball magic

Thursday 3 November, 2005

The soccer exhibition in Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau, "Rundlederwelten" lends new meaning to what we thought was just a sport. By Thomas Medicus (Fussball © Markus Lüpertz)
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The anti-Semitism of the 68ers

Monday 31 October, 2005

In 1969 a leftist militant group planted a bomb in the Jewish Community Centre in Berlin. An isolated incident? Or did a "leftist anti-Semitism" exist among the German 68ers? And why is the whole issue being dealt with so hesitantly? Philipp Gessler and Stefan Reinecke interview Tilman Fichter, former SDS head and brother of Albert Fichter, who planted the bomb.
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Disillusioned but not disoriented

Thursday 27 October, 2005

Thomas Ostermeier, director at Berlin's Schaubühne, has staged "Hedda Gabler". Henrik Ibsen, he says, has a lot to say about the world as we know it: morally improverished, metaphysically empty but not without hope.
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Project Migration

Monday 24 October, 2005

Walking, walking, walking. Projekt Migration is an extensive exhibition with film and music programmes telling the story of migration from the perspective of those in motion. By Katrin Bettina Müller
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