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Poetry by

Johannes Barbarus
Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke

Stories by

Zinovy Zinik
Daniel Kehlmann
Andrzej Tichy
Athena Farrokhzad
Tova Gerge
Ida Börjel

Essays and articles

Carl Hendrik Fredriksson
Rahvusülese kirjanduskriitika taastamise poole
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.
Katharina Raabe
Kui udu hajus
As the fog lifted
Literature in eastern central Europe since 1989

In the twenty years since the fall of communism, literature has been lifting the fog that had settled over the expanses of eastern central Europe. A survey of the post-'89 wave of eastern European literature by Suhrkamp editor Katharina Raabe.
Ieva Kolmane
Kirjandus kriisiaja Lätis
Literature in Latvia during the crisis
A survey of the last decade in Latvian literature and the difficulties facing it because of the economic crisis, highlighting such authors as Inga Žolude, Inga Ābele, Jānis Einfelds, Jānis Lejiņš and Aivars Kļavis.
Almantas Samalavicius
Peaaegu normaalne
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.
Jonas Thente
Krimikirjanduse, käekottide ja firmaülikondade kõrval
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.
Andreas Harbsmeier
Nüüdiskirjandus reservaadis
Literary perspectives: Denmark
The contemporary literary reservation

Committed, critical writing in Denmark is emerging from its sheltered existence in a literary reservation, in doing so collapsing the boundaries between the literary field and the broader public sphere, writes Andreas Harbsmeier.
Margot Dijkgraaf
Süva-Holland ja uued hollandlased
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.
Triinu Tamm
Prantsuse kirjanduse nullindad
The 00’s in French literature
Surveying French literature over the 1st decade of the 21st century, Triinu Tamm finds it still strong and vibrant, even though hard times have caused a certain decline in publishing.
Daniela Strigl
Kõike muud kui Saksa ussjätke
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.
Tymofiy Havryliv
Igatsus romaani järele
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?
Marek Tamm, Märt Väljataga
Rahvusülene kirjandus, kriitika ja raamatuturg
Transnational literature, criticism and book market.
On the basis of the reviews of national literatures, the essay attempts to point out certain broader trends in world literature, and discusses the problems connected with the translating and reception of fiction both in Estonia and elsewhere.
Reet Varblane
Pärast orgiat on võimatu võimalik, kui vaid on, kuhu toetuda
After the orgy, the impossible becomes possible, if only there would be a point of support.
A review of the late Estonian artist Kaljo Põllu’s memorial exhibition which also provided the illustrations of the issue.

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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]

Ukraine in focus
Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

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Victor Tsilonis
Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope
Victor Tsilonis of "Intellectum" (Greece) comments on recent developments in the Greek crisis: the short-lived euphoria of the 5 July referendum, Alexis Tsipras's subsequent "mental waterboarding", and the outlook for a German-led Europe. [more]

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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]

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Timothy Snyder
Europe and Ukraine: Past and future
The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. Prior to Ukraine's presidential elections in May 2014, Timothy Snyder argued cogently as to why Ukraine has no future without Europe; and why Europe too has no future without Ukraine. [more]

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgård
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 Knausgård 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]

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.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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