is a novelist. His more recent novels are Der Fall Arbogast, Cologne 2001. Fahrtenbuch 1993-2007, Cologne 2007. Woraus wir gemacht sind, Cologne 2010. Die Liebe der Väter, Cologne 2010.
On the forgotten art of soldiership
A memorial to Germany's dead soldiers prompts Thomas Hettche to ask why society today knows no appropriate way to deal with war and violence. The answer requires a return to Carl Schmitt's theory of enmity and Ernst Jünger's WW1 memoir "In Stahlgewittern". [more]
"What is it that people find here, 1856 metres above sea level? Proximity to the heavens? The snow, the cold, the silence, the clarity of the air? Or is it the intuition of the disappearance of the self?" Thomas Hettche on the Swiss village of Sils Maria. [more]