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 19 - Friday 25 September, 2009

Henryk M. Broder worries about the growing opposition to Israel's right to exist - from clever, sensitive and critically-minded European intellectuals. The German election campaign is ruled by fear, and the fear of fear, according to der Spiegel. Egypt's literary culture is blossoming - thanks to the economic boom in Saudi Arabia. And there are a string of interviews with prominent Chinese writers, such as Yan Lianke, Liao Yiwu and Yang Lian, who are being barred from flying to Frankfurt for the Book Fair.
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Saturday 12 - Friday 18 September, 2009

Realities and Perceptions of China: The China symposium leading up to the Frankfurt Book Fair is unanimously considered to have been a disaster while Chinese artist Ai Weiwei provides graphic evidence of the brutality of the Chinese police. A visit to the Impressionism exhibition in Vienna persuades Arno Widmann that art and commerce are part of the same picture. And supposedly pacifistic calls for a withdrawal of German troops from Afghanistan raise Thea Dorn's hackles.
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Saturday 05 - Friday 11 September, 2009

Despite lofty promises that the Frankfurt Book Fair would be a platform for free speech, a number of Chinese speakers have suddenly been uninvited. The feuilletons pounced. The FR records the worried noises coming from the German end. The SZ prints excerpts from the speech that author Bei Ling was due to make this Saturday in Frankfurt - until he received a phone call, that is. In Freitag magazine, a number of prominent authors call for Germany to pull out of Afghanistan. And another German author, Ulf Erdmann Ziegler, is determined to defy the EU light bulb policy.
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Saturday 29 August - Friday 4 September, 2009

Film director Andrzej Wajda remembers the outbreak of WWII in Poland. In the Austrian paper Der Standard, Adam Krzeminski and Martin Pollack ask why the Austrians are keeping mum about September 1? In Jungle World, the curator of the exhibition "The Third World in the Second World War" explains that collaborators should be included - in the name of historical probity. The Chinese literature functionary Li Pengyi explains why the Publishing House for Tibetan Studies needs state support. Slavenka Drakulic visits Tito's summer residence. And the artist Thomas Demand explains why he prefers subtlety to politics.
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