Essays and articles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
A review of the late Estonian artist Kaljo Põllu’s memorial exhibition which also provided the illustrations of the issue.