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The Lilliput syndrome

'Transit' responds to Russia's politics of fear; 'New Eastern Europe' condemns human rights pragmatism; 'Index on Censorship' defends the right to anonymity; 'Vikerkaar' talks trees; 'Czas Kultury' considers conspiracy theories; 'Ord&Bild' reports on heritage wars; 'dérive' confronts the new housing question; 'Letras Libres' declines populisms; and 'Vagant' has no fun with industrial. [ more ]

Katja Garmasch

A new start that's full of contradictions

Andrei Sannikov

Existence without life

Klas Grinell

Carpets and ceramics

Jane Costlow

The dissident history of trees

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Eurozine Review

The Lilliput syndrome

'Transit' responds to Russia's politics of fear; 'New Eastern Europe' condemns human rights pragmatism; 'Index on Censorship' defends the right to anonymity; 'Vikerkaar' talks trees; 'Czas Kultury' considers conspiracy theories; 'Ord&Bild' reports on heritage wars; 'dérive' confronts the new housing question; 'Letras Libres' declines populisms; and 'Vagant' has no fun with industrial.

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The violent closet?

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Marek Seckar

The struggle never ends

Portrait of a professional revolutionary

Even if a humane and just society is just a dream, it is not one that humanity can afford to give up on. Of this much Walter Famler, outgoing editor-in-chief of "Wespennest", remains convinced. A portrait in prose by former "Host" editor Marek Seckar. [more]


Karl-Heinz Dellwo, Gabriele Rollnik, Marek Seckar

It was impossible to live in this world...

A conversation with Karl-Heinz Dellwo and Gabriele Rollnik

Karl-Heinz Dellwo and Gabriele Rollnik spent decades in prison for their involvement in killings and kidnappings. Marek Seckar of Host meets the former members of the Red Army Faction and Bewegung 2. Juni respectively, to talk to the couple about their pasts and present. [Polish version added] [more]


Manuel Arias Maldonado

The book's futures

Should the printed book soon become a relic of a bygone era in publishing, uncertainty as to modes of sharing knowledge and experience will remain. Neither will we know, writes Manuel Arias Maldonado, whether to mourn the loss of the familiar or of the valuable. [Czech version added] [more]


George Blecher

David Foster Wallace: Innocence and experience

He pointed a way for American fiction out of the doldrums of postmodernism, writes George Blecher. For a culture troubled by the corrosive commercial media and closed-end systems underpinned by technology, David Foster Wallace's influence remains a force to be reckoned with. [more]


David Nemec

Stranger than fiction?

As part of a special issue of Czech literary magazine "Host" on attitudes to murder in real life and literature, the American writer David Nemec reveals a sub-plot to a notorious unsolved murder case in which reality remains stubbornly resistant to fiction. [more]


Rainer Just

Against love

Seeking the literary traces of the Natascha Kampusch affair

"The birth of love out of the spirit of totalitarianism expressed itself in exemplary manner in the Kampusch abduction story. A person is shut in, all the others shut out -- that is the ideological core of romantic love."[Czech version added] [more]


Marek Seckar

"Our reach is very limited, and this makes us vulnerable"

Host, Czech Republic

Czech journals depend heavily on steadily declining state funds. As a small sector of the cultural budget, funding for journals barely registers wider policy trends. It is precisely this inconspicuousness that gives cause for concern, says "Host" editor Marek Seckar. [more]


Steve Sem-Sandberg

Even nameless horrors must be named

It is high time to lift the aesthetic state of emergency that has surrounded witness literature for so long, writes Steve Sem-Sandberg. It is not important who writes, nor even what their motives are. What counts is the "literary efficiency". [more]


Kenan Malik

To name the unnameable

Salman Rushdie had to back out of attending the 2012 Jaipur Literature Festival because of an assassination threat against him. The lack of support for Rushdie shows that the defence of free speech is no longer seen as an irrevocable duty, writes Kenan Malik. [more]


Kathrin Passig

The book, a money tree

Speculations about the future of the book that deal only with the switch from analogue to digital fall short of the mark, writes Kathrin Passig. The real issues to discuss are changes in reading habits, reasons for purchasing books and the social meanings of book owning. [more]


Tom Van Imschoot

Literary perspectives: Flanders


In the last decade, Flemish fiction has stepped out of the shadow of its Dutch older sister, writes Tom Van Imschoot. One discernable trend is the turn from metafiction towards various forms of realism, be it the regional, the semi-autobiographical or the "virtual". [more]


Simon Mawer, Marek Seckar

Letting in the light

The most recent novel of British author Simon Mawer centres around a Czech family and their house, a fictional reworking of Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat in Brno. A discussion with the writer about real and literary buildings, Brno, and about uncertainty in art. [more]


Almantas Samalavicius

Literary perspectives: Lithuania

Almost normal

The literary field in Lithuania has established itself since independence, despite vastly smaller print runs. Today, a range of literary approaches can be made out, from the social criticism of the middle generation to the more private narratives of the post-Soviet writers. [more]


George Blecher

Where people walk a mile for a chuckle

Tough materialism and existential frankness, an awareness of one's mortality balanced by the refusal to talk bullshit: George Blecher selects three works of fiction that sum up the New York attitude. [more]


Katharina Raabe

As the fog lifted

Literature in eastern central Europe since 1989

After 1989, uncensored editions of many classics of contemporary eastern European literature became available, and numerous authors were discovered for the first time in the West. Meanwhile, a younger generation of writers, their imaginations liberated by events, were quick to respond to a new appetite for understanding the communist past. [Norwegian version added] [more]


Margot Dijkgraaf

Literary perspectives: The Netherlands

"Profound Holland" and the new Dutch

While the work of novelists Jan Siebelink and Arnon Grunberg reflect the new need for security in the Netherlands, a parallel strand of contemporary Dutch literature sidesteps such concerns: writers with migrant backgrounds are introducing new styles into the Dutch literary repertoire. [more]


Gábor Csordás

Literary perspectives: Hungary

Mastering history through narrative?

Gábor Csordás reads the newest Hungarian novels, that all share a concern with narrative, holding out to the reader the hope of mastering history. [more]


Jonas Thente

Literary perspectives: Sweden

Beyond crime fiction, handbags and designer suits

Recent literary debates in Sweden have dwelled, among things, on authors' love lives and penchant for designer handbags. Yet there is more out there if one looks: Hans Koppel's satire of suburban manners, for example, or Magnus Hedlund's explorations of human perception. [more]


Tymofiy Havryliv

Literary perspectives: Ukraine

Longing for the novel

In Ukraine, the demand for engagement with the recent past has produced a series of novels that are better described as autobiographies. But, asks Timofiy Havryliv, is autobiography equal to the task? [more]


George Blecher

A nation like any other

Western Europe holds Israel to impossible standards

Since the conflict with Lebanon, there has been a sense among Western intellectuals that Israel has crossed some moral boundary line. But western European rhetoric holds Israel to impossible standards of perfection. [more]


Göran Rosenberg

Back in the ghetto

The Israeli Right nurtures the image of the nation of Israel as a bastion under eternal siege but fails to see that Israel is laying siege to the Palestinians. The window of opportunity opened by the Oslo agreement has been closed for good, fears Göran Rosenberg. [more]


Marek Seckar, Avraham B. Yehoshua

I always try to be an optimist

Interview with A. B. Yehoshua

"Host" talks to Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua, a Zionist but also an uncompromising critic of Israeli policy who advocates the return of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians: "History has taught us that everything is possible." [more]


Daniela Strigl

Literary perspectives: Austria

Anything but a "German appendix"

Austrian novelists are still referred to as Germans despite recent critical and commercial success. From the new narrative "miracle" to the darkly humorous "writer's novel", Daniela Strigl finds a contemporary Austrian scene at the top of its game. [more]


Märt Väljataga

Literary perspectives: Estonia

Waiting for the Great Estonian Novel

While the Great Estonian Novel has yet to be written, the range of fiction in Estonia is wide enough to serve as an indicator of the post-communist country's hopes and fears, anxieties and obsessions. writes the editor of "Vikerkaar". [more]


Milan Dezinsky, David Lehman

There's always someone who says that poetry is dead

Interview with David Lehman

"Ever since I can remember, people have been announcing the death of poetry," says David Lehman in interview with Milan Dezinsky. "It's the premature-death syndrome. Obituaries are written before deaths occur, but they shouldn't be published until after the fatality." [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

Critical discussion of foreign literature serves as a source of information not only for readers but also for the "trade". When that discussion disappears or becomes one-sided, this has consequences for the literary institution as a whole. [more]


Miroslav Balastík

Two stories

Kundera and the conclusion of the Velvet Revolution

The reaction to the Kundera allegations in the Czech Republic has largely been one of doubt rather than blame. Miroslav Balastík wonders whether the incident signifies the end of a phase of post-communism in the Czech Republic. [more]


Ismail Kadare

Don Quixote in the Balkans

Ismail Kadare on why Don Quixote belongs to Balkan folklore, how Cervantes first came to be translated into Albanian, and why today's politicians should be banned from using the knight errant's name as a term of abuse. [more]


Margriet de Moor, Marek Seckar

"Water is more dangerous than the rise of Islam..."

Interview with Dutch writer Margriet de Moor

Although often using female heroines in her novels, Margriet de Moor finds pigeonholing literature into male and female categories is a pointless exercise. "The social issue of women suffering under a male dominance -- no, I don't find it terribly interesting." [more]


Jesper Gulddal

A heavy prelude to chaos

Aspects of literary anti-Americanism in the interwar years

Interwar European literature represented the US as the quintessence of unbridled modernity that prefigured the destruction of Europe. Jesper Gulddal surveys the uncharted territory of literary anti-Americanism. [more]


Pavel Janousek

Generals always prepare for the previous war

On the new paradigm of Czech literary history

The notion of the canon in Czech literary studies is being challenged by a relativist, postmodern approach to history. Its proponents claim this constitutes a revolution, though literary critic Pavel Janousek is sceptical. [more]


Jiri Travnicek

Twenty-two years later

A second reading of Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

Twenty-two years after it was first published in Czech, Jiri Travnicek discovers a new appreciation for the narration, characterization, and above all wisdom of Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". [more]


Ales Merenus

Is March still the Month of Books?

The "Month of Books" was introduced in Czechoslovakia in 1955 and predominantly served as a propaganda tool. Does this leftover from communist cultural policy still have a place in the cultural life of the Czech Republic? [more]


Irena Dousková, Leo Pavlát

Both believers and liberals can be destructive zealots

An interview with Leo Pavlát (abridged version)

"I have a feeling that any living Jew is a sort of spokesperson for those who died prematurely, that somehow he or she is an expression of their experience and dreams." Leo Pavlát on the "Jewish character", what it means to "be chosen", and the dangers of relativism. [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Fridrik Rafnsson

The derisory beauty of a snowflake

Contemplations on contemporary Icelandic literature



Michal Sykora

A sheep detective story

Leonie Swann: "Glennkill. Sheep Investigate aka Three Bags Full". Argo, Prague 2006



Karel Hvizd'ala

Macha, Skacel, and miracles



Jiri Travnicek

About the novel

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Focal points     click for more

Ukraine: Beyond conflict stories
Follow the critical, informed and nuanced voices that counter the dominant discourse of crisis concerning Ukraine. A media exchange project linking Ukrainian independent media with "alternative" media in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. [more]

Ukraine in European dialogue
Post-revolutionary Ukrainian society displays a unique mix of hope, enthusiasm, social creativity, collective trauma of war, radicalism and disillusionment. Two years after the country's uprising, the focal point "Ukraine in European dialogue" takes stock. [more]

Culture and the commons
Across Europe, citizens are engaging in new forms of cultural cooperation while developing alternative and participatory democratic practices. The commons is where cultural and social activists meet a broader public to create new ways of living together. [more]

2016 Jean Améry Prize collection
To coincide with the awarding of the 2016 Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing, Eurozine publishes essays by authors nominated for the prize, including by a representative selection of Eurozine partner journals. [more]

The politics of privacy
The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe
The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

Russia in global dialogue
In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

Eurozine BLOG

On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
In memoriam: Ales Debeljak (1961-2016)
On 28 January 2016, Ales Debeljak died in a car crash in Slovenia. He will be much missed as an agile and compelling essayist, a formidable public speaker and a charming personality. [more]

Conferences     click for more

Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
Mobilizing for the Commons
The 27th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Gdańsk, 4-6 November 2016
The Eurozine conference 2016 in Gdańsk will frame the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The conference will take place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk thus linking contemporary debates to the history of a broad, non-violent, anti-communist social movement which has started in the city's shipyard in 1980. [more]

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Time to Talk     click for more

Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As a new wave of populism feeds on and promotes fears of migration, aggrandising itself through the distrust it sows, The Red House hosts a timely debate with a view to untangling the key issues. [more]

Editor's choice     click for more

Jürgen Habermas, Michaël Foessel
Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions
Decades after first encountering Anglo-Saxon perspectives on democracy in occupied postwar Germany, Jürgen Habermas still stands by his commitment to a critical social theory that advances the cause of human emancipation. This follows a lifetime of philosophical dialogue. [more]

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgĺrd
Out to where storytelling does not reach
To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgĺrd on creating literature. [more]

Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe
Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

Debate series     click for more

Europe talks to Europe
Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

Multimedia     click for more
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]

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