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Arthur Eloesser in B O D Y
A 1919 essay on the then young, booming metropolis of Berlin now translated for the first time into English.
Read it in B O D Y

Arthur Eloesser in B O D Y

A 1919 essay on the then young, booming metropolis of Berlin now translated for the first time into English.

Read it in B O D Y

Literary roundup: Readux Series 2 launch, Marian Schwartz
On the latest Anna Karenina, difficult Russian translations, the next Russian work that will be in B O D Y and a vodka and Green Egg and Ham-fueled book launch in Berlin.
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Literary roundup: Readux Series 2 launch, Marian Schwartz

On the latest Anna Karenina, difficult Russian translations, the next Russian work that will be in B O D Y and a vodka and Green Egg and Ham-fueled book launch in Berlin.

Read more at Literalab

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov’s gay brother lives out the final days of the Third Reich in Berlin, writing his life story. Sounds like a great premise for a novel, right? How one writer botched this fabulous book idea.
My review of the novel at Readux
Photo - The Nabokov children: Vladimir (L), Sergey (2nd from R)

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov’s gay brother lives out the final days of the Third Reich in Berlin, writing his life story. Sounds like a great premise for a novel, right? How one writer botched this fabulous book idea.

My review of the novel at Readux

Photo - The Nabokov children: Vladimir (L), Sergey (2nd from R)

Performing Kafka’s year in Berlin
A Greek theater company’s production depicting Kafka’s year in Berlin reflects back on a time of financial collapse and growing menace that is frighteningly reminiscent of Europe today.
Read the full article at Readux
Also a new book about the fight surrounding Kafka’s medical treatment (you did know he was Jewish, didn’t you) at the Czech Literature Portal, which you are cordially invited tolike on Facebook to get the latest literary news from the Czech Republic, former Czechoslovakia and even the former Hapsburg territories of Bohemia and Moravia (yes, I have to travel a lot).
Photo - Kafka’s last love Dora Diamant

Performing Kafka’s year in Berlin

A Greek theater company’s production depicting Kafka’s year in Berlin reflects back on a time of financial collapse and growing menace that is frighteningly reminiscent of Europe today.

Read the full article at Readux

Also a new book about the fight surrounding Kafka’s medical treatment (you did know he was Jewish, didn’t you) at the Czech Literature Portal, which you are cordially invited tolike on Facebook to get the latest literary news from the Czech Republic, former Czechoslovakia and even the former Hapsburg territories of Bohemia and Moravia (yes, I have to travel a lot).

Photo - Kafka’s last love Dora Diamant

Literary roundup: reading material for the rest of your life
On Read Russia 2012, Estonian literature in the latest issue of Transcript and World Literature Today and some Berlin stories
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Literary roundup: reading material for the rest of your life

On Read Russia 2012, Estonian literature in the latest issue of Transcript and World Literature Today and some Berlin stories

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Final Cut: An Interview With Jürgen Fauth
The writer talks about Fritz Lang, Mephisto, Berlin decadence and whether his debut novel is a German or American work.
Read the full interview on Readux: Reading in Berlin

Photo – From Fritz Lang’s 1928 film Spies

Final Cut: An Interview With Jürgen Fauth

The writer talks about Fritz Lang, Mephisto, Berlin decadence and whether his debut novel is a German or American work.

Read the full interview on Readux: Reading in Berlin

Photo – From Fritz Lang’s 1928 film Spies

Technology of the night: ‘Kino’ by Jürgen Fauth
“ …the technology of the night, modernity pressed in the service of poetry, culling images from dreams and rendering them visible as if by the light of the moon, for all to see. It was magic.” A review of Kino by Jürgen Fauth.
When Wilhemina Koblitz, called Mina, comes home after visiting her new husband in a New York hospital, the decadence of Weimar Berlin and the magical possibilities of cinema are likely distant from her preoccupations.
Read the full review of Jürgen Fauth’s debut novel Kino at Readux

Technology of the night: ‘Kino’ by Jürgen Fauth

“ …the technology of the night, modernity pressed in the service of poetry, culling images from dreams and rendering them visible as if by the light of the moon, for all to see. It was magic.” A review of Kino by Jürgen Fauth.

When Wilhemina Koblitz, called Mina, comes home after visiting her new husband in a New York hospital, the decadence of Weimar Berlin and the magical possibilities of cinema are likely distant from her preoccupations.

Read the full review of Jürgen Fauth’s debut novel Kino at Readux

The 11th International Literature Festival Berlin is underway. Read more here …
Photo -  The winning photo of the 2010 ilb photo competition by Ciarán Butler ©Ciarán Butler

The 11th International Literature Festival Berlin is underway. Read more here …

Photo - The winning photo of the 2010 ilb photo competition by Ciarán Butler ©Ciarán Butler

My review of Danielle de Picciotto’s memoir of life in the underground Berlin arts and music scene at Readux.
The Beauty of Transgression is a vivid remembrance of   Berlin’s gritty, loud last decades of the 20th century, and a meditation   on where the city’s unique sensibility is headed.
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I interviewed De Picciotto earlier this year in Prague where she and   her husband Alexander Hacke were resident artists at the Meet Factory.   You can read that article here …
Photo - The view of the Berlin Wall from De Picciotto’s apartment, 1988

My review of Danielle de Picciotto’s memoir of life in the underground Berlin arts and music scene at Readux.

The Beauty of Transgression is a vivid remembrance of Berlin’s gritty, loud last decades of the 20th century, and a meditation on where the city’s unique sensibility is headed.

Continue reading …

I interviewed De Picciotto earlier this year in Prague where she and her husband Alexander Hacke were resident artists at the Meet Factory. You can read that article here …

Photo - The view of the Berlin Wall from De Picciotto’s apartment, 1988