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From the Feuilletons is a weekly overview of what's been happening in the German-language cultural pages and appears every Friday at 3 pm. CET.. Here a key to the German newspapers.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 06.10.2005

In an article on the transit zone of the Mediterranean, through which so many illegal immigrants force their way into our poor beleaguered Europe, Dirk Schümer makes a few conservative observations on a possible Turkish EU entry. "Venetian, Neopolitan and Papal ships fought the Turks for centuries in the Adriatic around the coast of Sicily. If this constituted an outstanding contribution to the formation of Europe, then it was plainly as an opposition to all things anti-European. To declare the Turks as potential Europeans overnight makes as much historical sense as branding cigarettes as cough sweets."


Der Standard, 06.10.2005

"Europe is deeply divided in terms of language, culture, history and mythology, and the only relationship which can be produced is an economic one," rages the Dutch writer Leon de Winter in a sweeping attack on the EU, Turkish entry and despairing technocrats. "You only have to look at the fate of European film. It just doesn't exist. French films, for example, have no success in my home country, Holland, because we simply don't understand what the French do; we don't understand their humour, their forms of expression. French films seem to come from another planet, yet we have no problem identifying with Hollywood films and they come from another continent."


Süddeutsche Zeitung, 06.10.2005

"All parties in Turkey are now focussed on Europe," comments author Orhan Pamuk in an interview with Christiane Schlötzer and Thomas Steinfeld on the decision to start EU entry talks with Turkey. Pamuk has all along been a very vocal advocate of Turkish entry. It is, he says, "just like the altered, constructive interest in Turkey you find in Europe. Within Turkey the conditions are now set and no-one, not even the most radical fundamentalist, would want to risk running the Turkish stock exchange into the ground or devaluing the Lira. There are now no other alternatives."


Die Zeit, 06.10.2005


On October 15 in Berlin, the Lettre Ulysses Award for the art of reportage will be awarded for the third time. Jury member and reporter Isabel Hilton talks to Susanne Mayer about her work on the jury and what constitutes reportage. "What makes the work on this international jury so interesting is that the suggestions of the other members in no way reflect the criteria that I, as a British woman, am used to. I'm taking part for the third time and each time we end in a discussion of what reportage is. (...) My working definition is this: that the literary imagination unites with the discipline of research and reporting. You invent nothing. But you raise description through the means of literature to a level beyond that of mere depiction. A good novel about war will remain longer in the memory than a simple war report. Why? Because literature encroaches into the core of human existence. A good reportage can do the same: lead to a profound understanding of our very being."

Communications expert Siegfried Weischenberg has decided to scientifically describe the reality of German journalism. Based on a study, he says: "the nervous Berlin air, the red lights of the TV cameras have spawned a pseudo-elite which, with its power-crazed opinion mongering, is contributing to the degeneration of political communication into a corner shop of opportunists."


Frankfurter Rundschau, 06.10.2005

Regensburg author Eva Demski sticks up for Germany's oldest stone bridge: "people always believed this bridge was indestructable, this 330 metre bridge with its 16 arches, which runs over water and land and confidently ignores right angles and symmetry. The bridge has the form of a flat, scalene circumflex. Its zenith is not in the middle and the little man that overlooks and crowns the structure looks like he's been happy for hundreds of years. The bridge looks over to the cathedral and taunts its master builder. It is said that it was only with Satan's help that the bridge was finished before the cathedral." For more than 800 years the bridge has held out. But now the damage is clear: "at arch number 12, which spans the Jahn Island and the head of the river Danube, there is a walloping great crack" caused above all from the traffic the bridge carries. What is needed, Demski says, is "a solution, which won't butcher the landscape with Teutonic thoroughness".




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