They?re Still Painting, and More: The Leipzig Art Scene

First a success, then a bubble: the hype surrounding the ?New Leipzig School? put the city on the map of the art world, but also blinkered its vision.... more more

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Saturday 25 - Friday 31 October, 2008

South African writer Ivan Vladislavic describes the literary braindrain in Africa. Turkologist Corry Guttstadt decries Turkish cowardice during the Holocaust. Novelist Slavenka Drakulic explains why the Croatian media has finally opened its eyes to serious crime. And cellist Anner Bylsma agonises over prolonged vibrato.
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Friday 24 October, 2008

Milan Kundera has demanded an apology from Respekt magazine for dragging his name into the dirt. Bernard-Henri Levy leaps to the author's defence, as does György Dalos. Sonja Margolina talks about her own experiences on the border of betrayal in the hands of the KGB. Painter Anselm Kiefer has won the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade but, says the FAZ, he's stuck in a fairytale forest. And the FR reports on a protest by historians against the EU memory police.
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Saturday 11 - Friday 17 October, 2008

In which Milan Kundera is embroiled in a denunciation affair; a Saudi cleric bans the popular Turkish soap 'Noor'; novelist Steinunn Sigurdardottir explains how Iceland became Gordon Brown's Falklands; Turkey discovers its multicultural heritage; the doors open on slavery in Islam and the Bulgarians concoct a plan to raise the sunken city of Seuthopolis.
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Saturday 4 - Friday 10 October

Reactions to JMG Le Clezio's Nobel Prize are at best lukewarm. An anonymous banker discusses the personal advantages of his job. Ralf Dahrendorf refuses to bitch about the Americans. The point is not whether women in Turkey should wear the headscarf, says Necla Kelek, but where they can go without it. La Traviata has been transformed on Platform 9 in Zurich's central station. And now for a blasphemous question: Was Beuys an "eternal Hitler youth"?
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Thursday 2 October, 2008

The SZ celebrates a scattering of doppelgängers in a new production of Kafka's "Trial". It also ogles a philosophical diable de l'amour on Arte. In die Welt, Peter Weibel debunks the cult of the artist. The Berliner Zeitung marvels at the riches of Omsk. The NZZ fumes at the arrogance of Horace Engdahl and revisits the cleavage of Madame de Stael.
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