Today the FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) brings a conversation between Dietmar Dath, Slavoj Žižek and Daniel Cohn-Bendit. The conversation is entitled “We Europeans have the resource of Enlightenment. [Wir Europäer haben die Ressource der Aufklärung”.] I enjoy the possibility of three intellectuals from different fields (Dath is a novelist, essayist & art editor at the FAZ; Žižek the LLBean — i.e. the Leninist-Lacanian-Mr.Bean — of Europe & beyond; & Cohn-Bendit the iconic … Read more European Enlightenment Possibilities?
Via the excellent signandsight site, the opening paras of a recent essay by Norbert Mappes-Niediek. Fascinating lit news from that other, often forgotten or belittled area of Europe: 03/07/2011 The paradoxes of the Ex-Yugoslavian bookmarket Only the greats of pre-war literature – like Ivo Andric – have readers in all republics. It does happen that a bookstore in Montenegro orders two or three books from his publishing house, says publisher Nenad … Read more Potential market, no buyers
Apologies for not having posted these last two weeks, but things have been very hectic and busy indeed. If last week I was in Europe for four days on a family occasion, I will return there this week for five days to take part in the “Printemps des Poètes Luxembourg 2011” festival. When I’m not on the road or in Albany teaching, I am trying to finish another largish … Read more Poets’ Spring in Luxembourg
Interesting essay by Orhan Pamuck in today’s Guardian. Below, the opening paras; you can read the whole piece here. The souring of Turkey’s European dream In the schoolbooks I read as a child in the 1950s and 1960s, Europe was a rosy land of legend. While forging his new republic from the ruins of the Ottoman empire, which had been crushed and fragmented in the first world war, Mustafa … Read more Orhan Pamuck on Europe