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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Saturday 24 - Friday 30 October, 2009

Historian Daniel Jonah Goldhagen explains the difference between the Holocaust and other genocides: it was the work of an international genocide coalition. Swiss author Lukas Bärfuss worries about the spread of blank spots in the IT landscape. German Symphony Orchestra conductor Ingo Metzmacher worries about the hollow sound of classical music. The NZZ raises the threat level for hurricane Silvio. And Victor Erofeyev has given up on the Russian intelligentsia, which is having a crisis in the crisis.
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Saturday 17 - Friday 23 October, 2009

The Frankfurt Book Fair ends as it began: with a scandal. Austrian novelist Robert Menasse deplores the colonialism within the EU. The SZ delights in the sumptuous storytelling of Peter Paul Rubens. The Prague newspaper Lidove Noviny comments on a new document that cements the case against the communist informer, Milan Kundera . Die Welt wonders, as did Derrida, why Van Gogh painted two left shoes. And the FR celebrates the widening girth of Germany's new novels. 
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Saturday 10 - Friday 16 October, 2009

If it weren't for North Korea, comments the literary blogger Han Han, China would look substantially older. Ai Weiwei's mammoth exhibition in Munich's Haus der Kunst has not disappointed the critics. The taz finds out exactly what it cost to translate Walt Whitman into German. Herta Müller's ex-husband Richard Wagner defends her against accusations of revanchism by the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita. And Katrin Schmidt has won the German Book Prize for her unsentimental portrayal of a convalescent stroke victim.
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Monday 5 - Friday 9 October, 2009

The feuilletons congratulate Herta Müller on her Nobel Prize, a victory against totalitarian abuse of language. Die Welt decodes C.G. Jung's Carolingian miniscule. The NZZ travels to Leipzig to honour the civil rights activists behind the 1989 October 9th demonstrations. Author Dietmar Dath defends the petition for a German withdrawal from Afghanistan. And Chinese author Ma Jian worries about the aggression simmering below the surface prosperity in China.
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Saturday 26 September - 2 October, 2009

Navid Kermani is worried that the West will fail the Iranian democratic movement a second time round. Two of Kleist's plays reap critical praise: Andrea Breth's "Broken Jug" and Andreas Kriegenburg's "Prince of Homburg". Historian Heinrich August Winkler reminds the Europeans where their values originated. The NZZ explains how the Russians managed to get "Gulag Archipelago" onto the school curriculum without having to rethink the past. And a reunited Germany goes to the shrink.
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