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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Just one pyramid

Monday 10 October, 2011

Activist and author, Andri Snaer Magnason is among the Icelandic guests of honor at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. His book and film "Dreamland" is both an ecological call to action and a polemic. "The politicians took one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland and offered it to unscrupulous companies," says the author in a critique of his native country. By Daniela Zinser
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Turkey's poisoned pens

Thursday 9 October, 2008

Does participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair mean making propaganda for the AKP? In Turkey, this year's guest country at the Book Fair, writers have been feuding over this issue for months. Some of them have even called for a boycott. This time, however, it's more than just a Kemalist-Islamist divide. By Constanze Letsch
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Farewell to spice and curry

Wednesday 3 January, 2006

Once relegated to the minor leagues of the "developing world", India is now rising to the status of a leading power - and not only technologically and economically. Its ongoing social revolution is reflected in the literary realm as well. Claudia Kramatschek introduces a new generation of writers, a far cry from the country's senior cultural ambassadors of yesteryear.
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The bright side of the moon

Wednesday 26 October, 2005

Guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Korea presented a lively mix emphasising both tradition and transformation. In the absence of North Korea, politics was blended out and culture did the talking. By Andreas Breitenstein
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Please touch!

Friday 21 October, 2005

Korea is the featured country at this year's Book Fair in Frankfurt. Poet Hwang Chi Woo, head of the Korean delegation, reflects on the difference between the visual culture of Europe and the sensual culture of Korea. Where he comes from, Western aesthetic categories simply don't apply.
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