Language without a childhood

Via signandsight, this on the Turkish-born German-writing author Emine Sevgi Özdamar. You can read the full article here: A tribute to the writing of Emine Sevgi Özdamar, whose novels have made Berlin greater, more expansive, warmer. By Harald Jähner It’s not necessarily boring to watch a film in a language you don’t understand. You concentrate all the more on other elements of the film, gestures, body language, the landscapes, extras. … Read more Language without a childhood

Latest signandsight roundups

I haven’t had the time to catch up with signandsight in recent weeks — but here the site’s most recent posts:   Legacy of denial Germany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of neo-Nazi murders of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former GDR dissident Freya Klier calls for an honest look at the xenophobia cultivated by the policies of the former East Germany, where the core of … Read more Latest signandsight roundups

Euro News via signandsight

Here are this week’s signandsight infos: From the Feuilletons Claude Lanzmann is in shock: cinema-goers in Hamburg who wanted to see his film “Why Israel”, were attacked by a mob to shouts of “Jewish pigs” – and no one paid any attention. Jonathan Littell sends a reportage from Chechnya, where reality is two bullets in the head. Last week’s interview with Imre Kertesz in Die Welt has sparked much … Read more Euro News via signandsight

Jolly Eschatology

Via signandsight, an interview with the authors of a book out only in German so far, but that may be quite worthwhile translating, even if much of its political/cultural aim is German-directed. Any takers? Claus Leggewie and Harald Welzer have written a book about the end of the world as we knew it. They tell Jan Feddersen why. Taz: Herr Leggewie, Herr Welzer, the economy is showing signs of … Read more Jolly Eschatology

Olga Martynova on the Oberiuts

This essay was published last month by signandsight (the piece first appeared in German in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung on February 17, 2007.) Only came across it now, but it is fascinating enough to want to post it here. Olga Martynova, born in 1962 in Dudinka (Siberia), grew up in Leningrad. She lives and works as poet and literary critic in Frankfurt am Main. Her book ” Rom liegt irgendwo … Read more Olga Martynova on the Oberiuts

A victory for architecture

From this week’s signandsight, insightful piece on the latest addition to one of my favorite Berlin sites, the museum island. You can read the full article here: David Chipperfield has recovered astonishingly diverse vestiges of history in Berlin’s Neues Museum. By Bernhard Schulz The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV wanted to create a “sanctuary for art and science” on the Spree Island north of Schinkel’s museum. Architect Friedrich August Stüler, chosen … Read more A victory for architecture