?From the great beyond into the present? ? an interview with Jo Lendle

Hanser publisher Jo Lendle talks about gentle adjustments of languages and marketing strategies.... more more

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Saturday 23 - Friday 29 January, 2010

Henryk Broder explains why being dubbed a "hate preacher" can feel like a compliment. Andrzej Stasiuk visits the bare patch of earth that was once a death camp in Belzec. Necla Kelek tugs at the Islamic veil. Die Welt applauds the young and philanthropic German playwright Nis-Momme Stockmann. The NZZ listens to the exhilarating and highly complex compositions of Conlon Nancarrow for the mechanical piano. Die Zeit skips Virgil and heads for gluttony level in 'Inferno'.
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Saturday 16 - Friday 22 January, 2010

Feuilletonistic debate has become increasingly vicious since the Swiss minaret ban and the attack on Kurt Westergaard. The critics of Islam have been denounced by the Christian heads of Germany's quality feuilletons as "hate preachers" and "holy warriors". "No one is going to stop me from criticising my religion," counters Necla Kelek, one of the three Muslim women and a lone Jewish man who make up the opposition this week.
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Saturday 9 - Friday 15 January, 2010

It's not Poland that should westernise, says Polish author Stefan Chwin, but the West which should recognise Poland as one of its own. Philosopher Abdolkarim Soroush explains why Iran's green revolution needs a theory. Writer Peter Shneider is tired of being treated like a minor at the airport. The head of Berlin's Museum of Islamic art explains why, unlike the Met, it will be showing its paintings of Mohammed. And the taz learns that Deleuze could not stomach Wittgenstein, but was partial to brain, tongue and marrow.
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Saturday 2 - Friday 8 January 2010

After the attack on Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, the editor of the SZ feuilleton says it's not worth defending something as stupid as his Mohammed cartoons. Henryk Broder, on the other hand, remembers how the media leapt to Rushdie's defence, and paints a picture of creeping capitulation. Arno Widman remembers Albert Camus as the writer who taught us the value of the individual over society, and not the other way around. The head of Surhkamp, Ulla Unseld-Berkewicz, wonders whether quality publishers have any edge at all today. The NZZ traces the highs and lows of pop falsetto.
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