Archive for Literature

200th birthday of Georg Büchner

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 18 January 2014 by delclem

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Georg Büchner: Revolutionary with Pen and Scalpel [Georg Büchner. Revolutionär mit Feder und Skalpell], an exhibition from October 13, 2013 to February 16, 2014 at the Darmstadium Conference Centre, Darmstadt. The catalogue of the same title is published by Hatje Cantz, 612 pages, €65 (US $89). >More about the author
(c) WSWS, 2014

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THE WORLD WITHOUT THE SHOTS OF SARAJEVO

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 24 November 2013 by delclem

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A German novel imagines: what if ?
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Iconoclasm in Vienna

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 25 October 2013 by delclem

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This work deals with a memorial to Austrian poet and Nazi Josef Weinheber (1892-1945) which stands at the Schillerpark in Vienna’s city centre. A temporary intervention aimed at exposing its conflicted history and leading to a permanent artistic reconfiguration and contextualization of the monument.
>more (c) Eduard Freudmann, 2013

 

 

“what’s wrong with the modern world”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 20 September 2013 by delclem

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“While we are busy tweeting, texting and spending, the world is drifting towards disaster, believes Jonathan Franzen, whose despair at our insatiable technoconsumerism echoes the apocalyptic essays of the satirist Karl Kraus – ‘the Great Hater’.”>full text & photo (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013

1913 – The Year Before the Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 17 September 2013 by delclem

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“Can you write a history of the year 1913 and ignore the disaster waiting around the corner? With the centenary of the First World War approaching that may sound perverse, yet it is precisely what Die Zeit journalist Florian Illies tries to do in his new book, which was a bestseller in Germany when it was published there last year.” >review (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013

 

‘Shards’ – Leaving Bosnia (or not)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 8 September 2013 by delclem

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“There is a long & important history of memoirs & fictions, and hybrids of the two, that address the aftermath of war (particularly the Yugoslav Succession Wars of the 1990s). Shards, the impressive first novel by Ismet Prcic, finds inventive ways to interrogate the anguish of enduring and then escaping Bosnia during the war (1992-95). The novel is constructed of fragments — shards — seemingly written by its main character, Ismet Prcic. Ismet grows up in Tuzla and manages to flee shortly before his induction into the “meat grinder” of the Bosnian infantry. He has survived and made his way to America, but is fractured by what he left behind.” >full review & illustration (c) NYT, 2011; interview with the author (c) Suhrkamp/youtube, 2013

 

“When the Devil Danced in Hungary”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 30 June 2013 by delclem

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“One evening in October 2010, the Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai—a man in his fifties with a biblical look—appeared on the balcony of the Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin, a white modernist building that’s a block north of Unter den Linden. At the same time an image of a dog, in silhouette, was projected from inside the building onto a large window below the balcony. Without introduction or explanation, Krasznahorkai then began to speak.”>more/ review (c) NYROB, 2013