Saturday 21 - Friday 27 February, 2009

Writer Sibylle Lewitscharoff sees Bulgaria rotting inside and out. The FAZ witnessed two minutes of utter madness with Edita Gruberova in Bavaria. The latest flare-up in Polish-German debate prompts Richard Wagner to ask whether it's possible or even desirable to write a shared European history. Crime writer Veit Heinichen is being harassed by an anonymous letter writer in a real-life crime crazier than any of his fiction. And we learn how the Pius Brothers would change the electoral system.
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Saturday 14 - Friday 20 Feburary, 2009

Israeli historian Benny Morris is waiting for the next Ben Gurion. The FAZ looks at the dire situation of China's migrant workers. After Norman Foster axed his Berlin offices, the Berliner Zeitung looks at why he was here in the first place. Die Welt remembers how Marinetti tried to put an end to pasta - with a mixture of espresso and Eau de Cologne. And Grandmaster Flash has to admit that vinyl has passed its sell-by-date.
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Saturday 7 - Friday 13 February, 2009

Twenty years after the fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie, Perlentaucher says the Left has abandoned all its principles in the name of multiculturalism. Israeli historian Tom Segev is shocked at the election successes of right-wing populist Avigdor Lieberman. The NZZ looks at the paperless literary world in Malawi. And after reading GŁnter Grass's diary from the year of reunification, Monika Maron cries: "The toad made a wrong call."
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Saturday 31 January - Friday 6 February, 2009

Islam has never been more scorned than it is in Iran today, claims German-Iranian writer Said. Michael Cimino enthuses over contemporary Serbian, Brazilian, Korean and Middle Eastern cinema that puts Hollywood to shame. Necla Kelek takes Germany's ethnic Turkish politicians to task for stylising their clientele as victims. And the Berlinale opens with Tom Tykwer's "The International" - a thriller about the opacity of corporate glass.
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