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

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Thursday 30 June, 2005

A group of writers says the new German leftist coalition is neither new nor Left. Volker Breidecker sees left-wing anti-Semitism in the unexploded bomb found in the Jewish Community Centre in Berlin 36 years ago. For Ernst-Wilhelm Händler, Germany's economic slump goes back to a deep-rooted Romanticism. Brigitte Kronauer waxes lyrical on the fragility of the world and Bora Cosic on the spendthrift poor East.
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Wednesday 29 June, 2005

Navid Kermani hopes negativity will turn to political involvement among Iran's youth. Prompted by a visit to the Munich Film Festival, Tobias Kniebe discusses reality shock and the documentary boom. Hans Christoph Buch describes intellectual powerlessness in the face of Bosnian police corruption. Christoph Schröder reports back from Ukraine about the lively literary scene and the struggling book market. And in die Welt, Uwe Wittstock visits the information technologists at the Deutsche Bibliothek.
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Tuesday 28 June, 2005

Ekkehard Stegemann speculates on the Gospel of Judas, Wolfgang Kraushaar tells who put the bomb in Berlin's Jewish Community Centre in 69, Jan Brachmann reports from the Cannes of the Eastern Bloc, German hardcore hiphoppers tell strange stories of rightist supporters and Katrin Bettina Müller reports from the Theater der Welt festival.
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Saturday 25 June - Monday 27 June, 2005

In Saturday's feuilletons Ahmet Altan wonders what Orhan Pamuk is being awarded the Friedens Prize for. Andre Glucksmann tells the West to wake up to anti-Western sentiment. And for Hubert Kleinert, Red-Green has succeeding in making Germany a media democracy. Today's papers unanimously turn their noses up at the wet fish of a reading marathon in Klagenfurt.
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Friday 24 June, 2005

Peter Sloterdijk counts the neo-authoritarian dictatorial modes facing the 21st century, Bjorn Lomborg recommends the G8 summit should pay more attention to poverty and less to the environment, Bahman Niroumand traces links between the two candidates in today's run-off presidential elections in Iran, Daniel Bax checks out the rock scene in Northern Serbia, and Helmut Böttiger is thrilled with the young authors of Ukraine.
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Thursday 23 June, 2005

Following yesterday's announcement that Orhan Pamuk is to be awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, we have collected together some of the initial reactions. The German-language Literature Days opened yesterday. Die Zeit publishes a "Manifesto of Relevant Realism" and the NZZ prints Iso Camartin's speech on the perils of confusing style with lifestlyle. Die Zeit also portrays Italian conductor Carlo Maria Guilini who died last week. And in the Tagesspiegel, Bernhard Schulz speculates about cultural policy under a CDU government.
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Wednesday 22 June, 2005

In the SZ, Richard Swartz tells us that the Balkan states are being held hostage by the military, and Ijoma Mangold looks at the uneasy relationship between Germany's politicians and its creative intellectuals. Matthias Rüb in the FAZ is the second journalist to take a punch at Peter Handke for his contribution to this month's Literaturen, and in die Welt, Uwe Wittstock predicts a second round of the famous Historikerstreit.
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Tuesday 21 June, 2005

Jack Lang calls the French EU referendum an exercise in navel-gazing, and Navid Kermani calls the Iranian elections sheer fraud. Arno Widmann celebrates Sartre for not being an intellectual and Gregor Dotzauer criticises Peter Handke for his role in the military-poetic complex. Christopher Schmidt is enthralled with an exhibition of 6.4 billion rice grains in Stuttgart, and Spanish conservatives are donning their Hermes scarves and taking to the streets.
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Saturday 18 June - Monday 20 June, 2005

On Saturday, author Thomas Hettcher talks conservatism and religion and Carl - the Pill - Djerassi, masturbation and phallocentricism. In Monday's feuilletons the Tagesspiegel looks as the politics of Iranian youth. The FR is attracted by the unknown and the strange at the Theater der Welt in Stuttgart. In the SZ Gottfried Knapp visits the impressive Zentrum Paul Klee which opens today in Bern and the NZZ looks at the literature of South Korea.
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Friday 17 June, 2005

Iraqi writer Hussain al-Mozany denounces the abuse of the Koran by Muslims. Minister of State for culture Christina Weiss talks about cultural policies under a CDU/CSU government. Ko Un, Korea's most famous poet, explains his country's affinity to the US. Erich Honecker's luxury Citroen CXs come under the hammer in Berlin, and Droog cubes of metal come under the hammer in Zurich and Lausanne.
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Thursday 16 June, 2005

Iranian public debate has moved to the blogs and Chinese cinema is the best because it documents the world's fastest-changing country. The German leftist coalition is the sign of an ageing society, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn dresses down the Kremlin and the White House in a single sitting.
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Wednesday 15 June, 2005

Historian Hans-Ulrich Wehler says European politicians could have learned from Franklin Roosevelt, and George Blume takes lessons from a Chinese Internet guerillero. Ingeborg de Vries is irate that artist Gregor Schneider has had to take down his installation at the Venice Biennale, while Schneider says he didn't mean to provoke. Daniel Kothenschulte links Michael Jackson to Victor Hugo's "Man who Laughed", while Christian Saehrendt links German expressionism to the Nazis.
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Tuesday 14 June 2005

Ingo Petz reports on sex and protest in Belarus, while for Kurt Flasch, Martin Heidegger was a fascist after all. Christian Schwägerl writes on Chinese family planning, Uli Sigg shows his collection of Chinese art, and Gregor Dotzauer waxes poetic on a concert by Jeanne Balibar in Berlin.
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Saturday 11 June - Monday 13 June, 2005

Historian Pavel Polian on previously unknown Nazi plans for deportations, Amir Hassan Cheheltan on the reformist presidential candidates in Iran and Stefan Weidner on poetry as cultural dialogue. German sculptor Thomas Schütte has won a Golden Lion -  this and other stories from the Venice Biennale.
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Friday 10 June, 2005

The FAZ delivers some marketing advice to signandsight.com. The SZ features the last interview Fassbinder gave 23 years ago today. In the same paper Gustav Seibt dismisses Monsieur de Villepin's suggestions for a French-German union as "interesting hot air" and Croatian writer Slavenka Draculic discusses the need for torture prior to the executions in Srebrenica.
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Thursday 9 June, 2005

Artist Tino Sehgal speaks with religious fervour to Peter Sloterdijk. German socialism is attracting the Chinese and the Americans alike. Henryk M. Broder compares the Holocaust Memorial with DDR concrete high-rises. Romanian philosopher Andrei Plesu warns of the consequences of EU ideology, and Fatih Akin's new film portrays Istanbul's diverse music scene.
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Wednesday 8 June, 2005

CDU politician Norbert Lammert calls for the creation of a federal German culture ministry, Imre Kertesz tells how writers are better at digesting reality, a Polish foreword to "Mein Kampf" raises eyebrows and Sebastian Preuss discusses Nietzschean influences and unrestrained nakednes in the German expressionist "Brücke" movement.
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Tuesday 7 June, 2005

Robert Misik casts doubts on Jürgen Habermas' latest call for a 'core Europe', while Isolde Charim psychoanalyses the European culture of memory. Ulf Meyer is unimpressed by Expo 2005 in Japan, Lothar Müller is very impressed by exhibitions marking the 100th birthday the German expressionist "Brücke" group, and Meg Stuart's new dance production premieres tonight in Berlin.

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Saturday 4 June - Monday 6 June, 2005

Richard Wagner calls Western Europe decadent, Hans Christoph Buch deplores the situation in Congo and Jürgen Zimmer is appalled by the culture of repression in Turkey. The good news? Jürgen Habermas hopes to resuscitate the EU constitution within a 'Core Europe'.
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Friday 3 June, 2005

Rem Koolhaas calls the Dutch "nee" to the EU constitution purely romantic. Leon de Winter says Europeans should be thankful to the Dutch, while for Michael Zeeman, the Dutch "no" takes over where the Fortuyn movement stopped. And critics pan and praise Peter Zadek's shell-shocking Strindberg production in Vienna.
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Thursday 2 June 2005

Navid Kermani on the European "We", Lars von Trier on "enriched darkness" and Ursula März on "little girl Merkel". Meanwhile there's a call for a "revolt of the undogmatists" in cinema and marriage of dance styles from the Siberian hinterland.
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Wednesday 1 June, 2005

In the wake of the French no, Bernard-Henri Levy is left aghast at the victorious alliance of Left and extreme Right, and SPD politician Peter Glotz congratulates Siemens. Ekkehard Fuhr has had quite enough of European intellectual schmaltz on the topic. Maria Graczyk recounts a joke about the Frenchman and his new Polish wife and Liu Sola talks about trying to put the energy back into Chinese music.
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