Writing against disappearance ? Sa?a Stani?i?

Sa?a Stani?i?, who grew up in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Germany, writes regional novels of an unusual kind. His novel ?Vor dem Fest? was awarded the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair. ... more more

GoetheInstitute

16/07/2007

From the Feuilletons is a weekly overview of what's been happening in the German-language cultural pages and appears every Friday at 3 pm. CET.. Here a key to the German newspapers.

Monday 16 July, 2007

Die Welt 16.07.2007

In a detailed interview with Manuel Brug, Katharina Wagner - great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner - talks about her upcoming Bayreuth debut with the "Meistersingers" ("It will surely be a battleground for conservatism versus the will and ability to engage with others"). And she gets into position for the fight: "I have not yet decided whether I want this. But because of my experiences within the festival and because of my studies and the development of my career, I would be prepared for it. But let me add: The conditions have to be right. It will not be possible in the future for one person to be both artistic director and business director. I know the internal workings too well for that. The foundation council should talk about that before the revolving door begins to swing again."

Süddeutsche Zeitung 16.07.2007

Gustav Seibt sees "surrogate moralism" and "useless political symbolism" in Günter Wallraff's plan to read aloud from Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" in a mosque. "The difference today is that this kind of political symbolism toward the Muslim community is oriented toward a group that for the most part does not take part in the local media game. Which resident of Wedding watches 'Maybrit Illner' on TV or reads interviews with writers on Spiegel Online? The echo of the German debate comes across to this population in a distorted version, mostly through German editions of the nationalistic Turkish newspapers. Local Muslim representatives and their largely feminist critics who often only speak for themselves."


Neue Zürcher Zeitung
16.07.2007

Opera director (born 1973) Tatjana Gürbaca talks in an interview about her career, her work and the two directions she sees for the future. "Verdi first of all. He truly was a man of the theatre, he really thought through all the theatre aspects, his stage directions are so precise and exact. It's so rewarding to direct his work as there's so much potential between text and music. That would be an area which would really interest me, something which is at the opposite pole to contemporary opera.Then at the Leipzig premiere of Philippe Hersant's 'Le moine noir' I felt very strongly that I wanted to do more contemporary pieces. It gives one enormous freedom, and in the German opera business it is largely untouched territory. There has been virtually no repertoire since the sixties. This is a terrible shame. There are wonderful pieces to discover and I think it's very necessary, if opera is not to become a thing of the museum. It's important not only to look to the directors for new directions, but also to the pieces themselves."


Berliner Zeitung, 16.07.2007

Markus Schneider processes the latest bad news from the Berlin Rap scene. "The police have found three HipHoppers linked to the Berlin label Hirntot (braindead) in possession of military weapons. They also found rhymed death threats to SPD politician Monika Greifahn [who had spoken out for tighter controls of violent Rap songs]. In the Internet you can listen to an anti-gay diatribe by former Aggroberlin Rapper, G-Hot, and the Aggroberlin Rapper B-Tight has called his new album "Neger, Neger' (nigger, nigger), and attracted protest from the Afro-German music and anti-racism project Brothers Keepers. And a few weeks back the underground porn producer and rapper, King Orgasmus One, appeared on a talk show with Alice Schwarzer and did nothing to diffuse the already widespread image of the Rapper as sexist idiot." Schneider's conclusion: "There is a new tone blaring out of the HipHop logic of outbidding, which oversteps the borders of tasteless but basically harmless grossness. If you listen closer you hear that unlike Sido and Bushido, this is identifiable as one thing only: bad music."


Saturday 14 July, 2007

Die Welt 14.07.2007

Sven Felix Kellerhoff and Sabine Zimmer chat with Johannes Tuchel, director of the German Resistance Memorial Center, about whether Tom Cruise should be allowed to shoot part of his Stauffenberg film in the memorial's commemorative courtyard, and it must be said that Tuchel brings up weighty arguments against it. Even the fact that another film was shot here doesn't make a difference to him: "Jo Baier's film (2004) was the first to be made about Stauffenberg since 1955. We were asked what we would think about it – and we were sceptical but shelved our doubts at the time. But when we saw the filming and then the result, we were sure: This was no longer the commemorative courtyard of the memorial, but just a backdrop. In particular, we could not allow an enactment of the execution scene here. This is a site where members of the resistance are remembered. There should be no swastika flags hanging from the windows, there should be no execution scene played out. I am very pleased that the production firm finally has accepted this."


Neue Zürcher Zeitung 14.07.2007

This summer's major art exhibitions – Venice, Kassel, Münster – have at least one thing in common for Hans-Joachim Müller. "Between all the contemporary collector art, and the curator art, the fair art and the museum art, the 'migration of form' (touted by documenta curator Roger Buergel) is clearly not happening quite as smoothly as one might assume, when one looks at the international art audience's blissful embrace of the event. It is conspicuous how consciously the three major exhibitions in Venice, Kassel and Münster have been designed to dodge people's art expectations. One might hold the individual attempts for mistaken, ill-advised, uptight, kitsch, trying too hard or affected, but one would have to be blind to ignore the signal hidden in the concerted effort to distance themselves from art market trends."






Get the signandsight newsletter for regular updates on feature articles.
signandsight.com - let's talk european.

 
More articles

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 11 - 17 December, 2010

A clutch of German newspapers launch an appeal against the criminalisation of Wikileaks. Vera Lengsfeld remembers GDR dissident Jürgen Fuchs and how he met death in his cell. All the papers were bowled over Xavier Beauvois' film "Of Gods and Men." The FR enjoys a joke but not a picnic at a staging of Stravinsky's "Rake's Progress" in Berlin. Gustav Seibt provides a lurid description of Napoleonic soap in the SZ. German-Turkish Dogan Akhanli author explains what it feels like to be Josef K.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 4 - Friday 10 December

Colombian writer Hector Abad defends Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa against European Latin-America romantics. Wikileaks dissident Daniel Domscheit-Berg criticises the new publication policy of his former employer. The Sprengel Museum has put on a show of child nudes by die Brücke artists. The SZ takes a walk through the Internet woods with FAZ prophet of doom Frank Schirrmacher. The FAZ is troubled by Christian Thielemann's unstable tempo in the Beethoven cycle. And the FR meets China Free Press publisher, Bao Pu.
read more

From the feuilletons

Saturday 27 November - Friday 3 December

Danish author Frederik Stjernfelt explains how the Left got its culturist ideas. Slavenka Draculic writes about censoring Angelina Jolie who wanted to make a film in Bosnia. Daniel Cohn-Bendit talks   about his friendship, falling out and reconciliation with Jean-Luc Godard. Wikileaks has caused an embarrassed silence in the Arab world, where not even al-Jazeera reported on the what the sheiks really think. Alan Posener calls for the Hannah Arendt Institute in Dresden to be shut down.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 20 - Friday 26 November, 2010

The theatre event of the week came in a twin pack: Roland Schimmelpfennig's new play, a post-colonial "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" opened at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin and the Thalia in Hamburg. The anarchist pamphlet "The Coming Insurrection" has at last been translated into German and has ignited the revolutionary sympathies of at least two leading German broadsheets, the FAZ and the SZ. But the taz, Germany's left-wing daily, says the pamphlet is strongly right-wing. What's left and right anyway? came the reply.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 13 - Friday 19 November, 2010

Dieter Schlesak levels grave accusations against his former friend and colleague, Oskar Pastior, who spied on him for the Securitate. Banat-Swabian author and vice chairman of the Oskar Pastior Foundation, Ernest Wichner, turns on Schlesak for spreading malicious rumours. Die Zeit portrays the Berlin rapper Harris, and the moment he knew he was German. Dutch author Cees Nooteboom meditates on the near lust for physical torture in the paintings of Francisco de Zurburan. An exhibition in Mannheim displays the dream house photography of Julius Schulman.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 6 - Friday 12 November, 2010

The NZZ asks why banks invest in art. The FAZ gawps at the unnatural stack of stomach muscles in Michelangelo's drawings. The taz witnesses a giant step for the "Yugo palaver". Bernard-Henri Levy describes Sakineh Ashtiani's impending execution as a test for Iran and the west. Journalist Michael Anti talks about the healthy relationship between the net and the Chinese media. Literary academic Helmut Lethen describes how Ernst Jünger stripped the worker of all organic substances.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 30 October - Friday 5 November, 2010

Now that German TV has just beatified Pope Pius XII, Rolf Hochmuth tells die Welt where he got the idea for his play "The Deputy". The FR celebrates Elfriede Jelinek's "brilliantly malicious" farce about the collapse of the Cologne City Archive. "Carlos" director Olivier Assayas makes it clear that the revolutionary subject is a figment of the imagination. The SZ returns from the Shanghai Expo with a cloying after-taste of sweet 'n' sour. And historian Wang Hui tells the NZZ that China's intellectuals have plenty of freedom to pose critical questions.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 23 - Friday 29 October, 2010

Author Doron Rabinovici protests against the concessions of moderate Austrian politicians to the FPÖ: recently in Vienna, children were sent back to Kosovo at gunpoint. Ian McEwan wonders why major German novelists didn't mention the Wall. The NZZ looks through the Priz Goncourt shortlist and finds plenty of writers with more bite than Houellebecq. The FAZ outs two of Germany's leading journalists who fiercely guarded the German Foreign Ministry's Nazi past. Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt analyse the symptoms of culturalism, left and right. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht demonstratively yawns at German debate.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 16 - Friday 22 October, 2010

A new book chronicles the revolt of revolting "third persons" at Suhrkamp publishers in the wild days of 1968. Necla Kelek is appalled by the speech of the very Christian Christian Wulff, the German president, in Turkey. The taz met a new faction of hardcore Palestinians who are fighting for separate sex hairdressing in Gaza. Sinologist Andreas Schlieker reports on the new Chinese willingness to restructure the heart. And the Cologne band Erdmöbel celebrate the famous halo around the frying pan.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 9 - Friday 15 October, 2010

The FR laps up the muscular male bodies and bellies at the Michelangelo exhibition in the Viennese Albertina. The same paper is outraged by the cowardice of the Berlin exhibition "Hitler and the Germans". Mario Vargas-Llosa remembers a bad line from Sweden. Theologist Friedrich Wilhelm Graf makes it very clear that Western values are not Judaeo-Christian values. The Achse des Guten is annoyed by the attempts of the mainstream media to dismiss Mario Vargas-Llosa. The NZZ celebrates the tireless self-demolition of Polish writer and satirist Slawomir Mrozek.
read more

From the feuilletons

Saturday 2 - Friday 8 October, 2010

Nigerian writer Niyi Osundare explains why his country has become uninhabitable. German Book Prize winner Melinda Nadj Abonji says Switzerland only pretends to be liberal. German author Monika Maron is not sure that Islam really does belong to Germany. Russian writer Oleg Yuriev explains the disastrous effects of postmodernism on the Petersburg Hermitage. Argentinian author Martin Caparros describes how the Kirchners have co-opted the country's revolutionary history. And publisher Damian Tabarovsky explains why 2001 was such an explosively creative year for Argentina.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 25 September - Friday 1 October

Three East German theatre directors talk about the trauma of reunification. In the FAZ, Thilo Sarrazin denies accusations that his book propagates eugenics: "I am interested in the interplay of nature and nurture." Polemics are being drowned out by blaring lullabies, author Thea Dorn despairs. Author Iris Radisch is dismayed by the state of the German novel - too much idle chatter, not enough literary clout. Der Spiegel posts its interview with the German WikiLeaks spokesman, Daniel Schmitt. And Vaclav Havel's appeal to award the Nobel prize to Liu Xiabobo has the Chinese authorities pulling out their hair.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 18 - Friday 24 September, 2010

Herta Müller's response to the news that poet Oskar Pastior was a Securitate informant was one of overwhelming grief: "When he returned home from the gulag he was everybody's game." Theatre director Luk Perceval talks about the veiled depression in his theatre. Cartoonist Molly Norris has disappeared after receiving death threats for her "Everybody Draw Mohammed" campaign. The Berliner Zeitung approves of the mellowing in Pierre Boulez' music. And Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, allowed to leave China for the first time, explains why schnapps is his most important writing tool.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 10 - Friday 17 September, 2010

The poet Oskar Pastior was a Securitate informant, the historian Stefan Sienerth has discovered. Biologist Veronika Lipphardt dismisses Thilo Sarrazin's incendiary intelligence theories as a load of codswallop. A number of prominent Muslim intellectuals in Germany have written an open letter to President Christian Wulff, calling for him to "make a stand for a democratic culture based on mutual respect." And a Shell study has revealed that Germany's youth aspire to be just like their parents.
read more

From the Feuilletons

Saturday 4 - Friday 10 September, 2010

Thilo Sarrazin has buckled under the stress of the past two weeks and resigned from the board of the Central Bank. His book, "Germany is abolishing itself", however, continues to keep Germany locked in a debate about education and immigration and intelligence. Also this week, Mohammed cartoonist Kurt Westergaard has been awarded the M100 prize for defending freedom of opinion. Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech at the award ceremony: "The secret of freedom is courage". The FAZ interviewed Westergaard, who expressed his disappointment that the only people who had shown him no support were those of his own class.
read more