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Review 2019

Insa Wilke on literary criticism. Photo (detail): © Die Zwo

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sorting and giving orientation

No longer just “old white men”: Insa Wilke on current developments in literary criticism, why readers benefit from it – and why one has to be able to afford this job.

Regine Hader in conversation with the writer and journalist Alva Gehrmann. Photo (detail): © Die Zwo

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From generation to generation

What makes Norwegian literature different? Writer and journalist Alva Gehrmann on family history, the concept of the guest of honour – and the question of the “perfect pavilion”.

The author Susanne Gregor on the turning point of 1989. Photo (detail): © Die Zwo

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Back in 1989

Is it possible to lead an apolitical life? Author Susanne Gregor is certain that one cannot live apolitically – neither today, nor in turbulent times like 1989. She reminds us that social upheavals took place not only in Germany but also in Eastern European countries at that time.

Axel von Ernst about independent publishing houses. Photo (detail): © Die Zwo

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Basis of book culture

Axel von Ernst, co-owner of a small independent publishing house, talks about the happy and threatening moments in his sector. And he appeals to readers to develop the instinct of a a truffle pig.

Sebastiao Salgado in an interview about his work. Photo (detail): © Die Zwo

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Back to nature

He doesn't see himself as an activist. Now the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2019. About his connection with nature – and what lies behind the aesthetics of his always black-and-white pictures.

Tristan Marquardt talking with Regine Hader. Photo (detail): © Emma Film

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Dare to be diverse!

In which direction is the literary industry developing? Tina Lurz, Tristan Marquardt and Zoë Beck are helping to shape this change. As literary bloggers, literary mediators and publishers they talk about diversity in the literary world – and about the influence we as readers can have.